Time in Television Narrative

See, kids, sometimes there’s a benefit to watching too much TV! Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First Century Programming August 1st from University of Mississippi Press * Melissa Ames, Editor From the Publisher: “This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that employ temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it … Continue reading

Girl on Fire: Hunger Games and Media Spectacle

One of the more obvious elements of The Hunger Games that readers and critics have picked up on is that the Hunger Games represent a media spectacle much like the gladiators of ancient Rome. What I find even more important, however, is the way Katniss, Peeta, Gale, et al are able to use the spectacle … Continue reading

Bare Escentuals Force of (Real?) Beauty

Recently I had one of those “what  the what am I doing to myself?” moments in my “beauty” regimen. It starts with the sad fact that I hate my skin. It is a problem well-known enough that my little sister picks on me about it. There is nothing quite as embarrassing as being bullied by … Continue reading