PCA/ACA 2011: SamGirls and DeanGirls: Anti-fan fans in Supernatural

This is the working draft of my presentation at this year's PCA/ACA 2011 conference on Supernatural fans. A few notes: If you recall, I asked for responses from fans, critics, whomever related to Supernatural and its fandom sometime in March. Of course, I quickly realized that adding in a lot of quotes and context from … Continue reading PCA/ACA 2011: SamGirls and DeanGirls: Anti-fan fans in Supernatural

“Hey, did you guys see Toy Story 3?” — Exploring pop culture as a catalyst for 21st century interpersonal relationships in NBC’s Community

Note: This is the "final draft" of an essay for my Television Comedy class at Bowling Green State University. It's posted here for the purposes of a makeshift, internet-powered peer review. I'll field any comments or emailed questions as they come in. If you read the whole thing, I really appreciate it. I intend to … Continue reading “Hey, did you guys see Toy Story 3?” — Exploring pop culture as a catalyst for 21st century interpersonal relationships in NBC’s Community

25,000 people are good enough: The hegemonic impacts of the nielsen television ratings system

The [Nielsen] overnight numbers widely reported by the media—and Hollywood’s general barometer of a show’s health—can account for as little as 25 percent of the eventual audience for, say, an FX comedy. – Josef Adalian, New York Magazine[1] Imagine you watch every new episode of your favorite television series (for this example, NBC’s comedy Community) … Continue reading 25,000 people are good enough: The hegemonic impacts of the nielsen television ratings system

PLUG: Making the scripted more real? Pro wrestling and Twitter

 Today is kind of a big day for me, as my first official piece as an academic has been published. If you click on over to In Media Res you'll find my 400-word curator's note on the use of social media (specifically Twitter) in the world of pro wrestling. My post is the second … Continue reading PLUG: Making the scripted more real? Pro wrestling and Twitter

The new “cult”: Evaluating changes in cult television through Supernatural

Ed Note: I'm simply trying to post various academic pieces I've written over the past few years in case anyone wants to check them out. The following was completed in the spring of 2009, so certain portions might be out of date a little. I'm in the process of updating it. Television programs with “cult … Continue reading The new “cult”: Evaluating changes in cult television through Supernatural

Shippers and anti-fan fans in Smallville fandom

Ed note: This is paper/project about Smallville fans that I recently completed for a media audiences course at Indiana University. “[C]learly anti-fans construct an image of the text – and, what is more, an image they feel is accurate – sufficiently enough that they can react to and against it.” – Jonathan Gray[1] Most texts … Continue reading Shippers and anti-fan fans in Smallville fandom