We just wanted to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on
Television and Media Culture is out. This issue features columns by Tim Gibson,
Kim Akass and Janet McCabe, Eric Freedman, Shawn Shimpach, Jack Z. Bratich, Bo
Baker, and Olivier Tchouaffe.
Please visit the journal at http://www.flowtv.org to read these columns and
contribute responses to them.
This issue's columns in brief:
"Commercial Media, Media Reform, and an Arlington Church Basement" by Tim
The popular critique of media commercialism has deep cultural roots, and you
don't have to be fire-breathing Marxist to be disgusted with the moral
"Not So Ugly: Local Production, Global Franchise, Discursive Femininities, and
the Ugly Betty Phenomenon" by Kim Akass and Janet McCabe:
Examining the various incarnations of Columbia's telenovela "Yo soy Betty, la
fea" and the ways in which various countries across the world have adopted and
translated the show.
"The Limits of the Cellular Imaginary: iPhone and the Snuff Film" by Eric
Though Saddam Hussein and Steve Jobs were on public display for quite different
purposes, and on quite different stages, they were inevitably bound together by
certain cultural logics of new media.
Feature: "Primetime's Incompetent Liberalism" by Shawn Shimpach:
Primetime's liberalism is both the problem and solution to its perceived red
state/blue state divide.
Feature: "Temporary Guantanomous Zones: Reality Camps and Crucibles" by Jack Z.
Rather than passively view the proliferation of camps in contemporary reality
TV, we can ask how this spatial figure is more than a tool of domination.
Editorial: "Silencing the Buzz: Reconciling Individual and Collective Tastes in
Awards Season" by Bo Baker:
How do awards affect collective and personal taste?
Editorial: "Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Oprah and African children: On Media Fairy
Tales, Personal Blessings and the Ongoing Curses of Africa" by Olivier
The Western pop-cultural obsession with celebrity adoptions from the African
continent begs the question: what do these high-power celebrity adoptions
really do for African children?
We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.
Flow Editorial Staff
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