In Defense of Pop Culture

My wife and I recently gave a presentation at that served as an introduction to pop culture studies for students who may have never thought critically about the field.  As we brainstormed ideas, gathered sources, and picked TV clips that illustrate the best parts of our chosen field, we realized that our presentation had to [...]

Castle: My Kind of Procedural

A long, long time ago, I was hooked on C.S.I. I watched the original series, and then I branched off into New York and even threw in a little Miami before David Caruso became unbearable.  I also watched Criminal Minds and NCIS. To put it bluntly, I was a closet fan of police procedurals. And [...]

Religion in Science Fiction

Very often science-fiction writers treat the ideas of religion and spirituality as being quaint at best and harmful at worst.  Characters who believe in a higher power are often ridiculed for their faith, for not supplicating themselves before science as being the be-all/end-all. There are exceptions to this tendency; however, positive religious SF stories are [...]

Fragmented Media [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post was written by Andrew Nielsen, or Void from A Green Mushroom.  He writes about gaming and modern media from his generation's perspective.  Enjoy! The way we consume media is changing.  4 out of 5 Americans now say they would give up television to keep the internet.  This is a huge shift for [...]

“What just happened?”: An Exploration of my Initial Reaction to “The End”

My wife, Jennifer, recently presented a paper on LOST regarding online fan communities and their impact on the series. She is also the one who initially convinced me to watch LOST.  So it wouldn’t be fitting if she didn’t have her say about what secrets were both withheld and revealed in the series finale. My [...]