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Failure! or, Jezebel James returns again

The new issue of The Velvet Light Trap has the theme of Failures, Flops and False Starts and I’m pleased to have a short piece in a dossier called “Perspectives on Failure” consisting of brief articles on that theme. Other contributors include many scholars I have long admired, including some friends and blog readers. My contribution, on the short-lived Fox sit-com The Return of Jezebel James, is based on ideas I first formulated right here on this blog. ... read more »

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My Week Without Internet

I took a vacation from the Internet, which coincided with a vacation plain and simple, from August 15 to 22. We were in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a resort town on the Atlantic coast, with my parents, my sister, and my brother and sister-in-law. I would love to spend many more pleasant summer weeks by the ocean, but I don’t think I want another long stint offline. ... read more »

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Fall TV diary

As usual, television has been filling my late evenings. This fall so far has been remarkable for offering so many genres of programming to compete for my attention. Our household rarely tunes into the cable news channels, and I long ago stopped being a serious sports fan, but the incredible election campaign and our baseball team dramatically making the playoffs have renewed my interest in channel surfing. The debut of so many new shows (Dr. ... read more »

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Embedding with Google Books

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Indie Culture

New work: “Indie Culture: In Pursuit of the Authentic Autonomous Alternative” Cinema Journal 48.3 (Spring 2009), 16-34 (pdf; I gave a portion of this paper at the 2007 SCMS in Chicago). Abstract: American independent cinema since the 1980s has in common with other forms of “indie” culture its construction as an authentic, autonomous alternative to mainstream media. ... read more »

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Under the Idea Tree

In which I want to avoid becoming a video-games scholar.

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P2P TV, etc.

I have a new column out in Flow about watching television using BitTorrent: “P2P TV: Ethical Considerations.” This is my final of three columns. (Earlier ones were about the Bronze Fonz and Binge TV.) I’m working on expanding my work on the file-sharing of TV and movies into a conventional journal article, so comments are much appreciated.

Elsewhere in the tubes: ... read more »

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This is CNN

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Obama's Movies, piracy, etc.

Our Pres gave the British PM a gift of 25 Hollywood movies on DVD. (/film has a list and it’s pretty canonical stuff.) Unfortch, the discs are region-coded so Gordon Brown can’t watch them. IP’s a bitch. ... read more »

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Britney, etc.

SFJ on Britney’s Circus tour. The gender ratio in the audience is 100 to 1 and the subtext is, Britney is ok. (I would love to see Britney if she came to my town and the tickets weren’t crazy expensive.)

Ars anticipates The Beatles: Rock Band, which will cost $250 when it is released next fall. ... read more »