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February 2006, Week 4


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Sun, 26 Feb 2006 06:57:05 -0600
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We just wanted to let you know that the latest issue of Flow: A critical forum
on television and media culture is out. This issue features columns by
Mark Andrejevic, Moya Luckett, John McMurria, Daniel Marcus, Jason Mittell, and
Laurie Ouellette.

Please visit the journal at to read these columns and
contribute responses to them.

This issue's columns in brief:

"Watching TV Poker" by Mark Andrejevic:
Andrejevic considers the cultural logic of the recent surge in televised poker

"Rating the Runway: Project Runway and New York Fashion Week" by Moya Luckett:
Project Runway is an example of how recent reality television shows rely on
viewer responses to help construct the narrative. the show maintains a distinct
textual presence while they advocate viewer participation, play with the idea of
permeable and non-permeable textual boundaries and highlight the different ways
in which we can access 'the real world.'

"Redefining Indecency" by John McMurria:
Television networks fearful of steep fines and consumer backlash rush to ensure
decency standards are upheld. This article looks at indecency in myriad of
ways, from the Superbowl pre-game and half-time shows to the funeral of Coretta
Scott King.

"Stripping, Part 2" by Daniel Marcus:
How does stripping popular series for syndication affect the how viewers receive
actors, subplots, and secondary characters? In the final installment of his
two-part series on stripping, Daniel Marcus explores the impact of syndication
practices and raises some interesting questions about how cable channels and
DVD technology alter how we watch TV.

"TiVoing Childhood" by Jason Mittell:
What is television to a child who only knows TiVo?

"Do Good TV?" by Laurie Ouellette:
ABC's programming shifts toward "do-good" reality shows. What can explain ABC's
foray into the helping culture?

We look forward to your visit.

Best wishes,

Flow Editorial Staff

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