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May 2007, Week 1


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Sun, 6 May 2007 12:44:48 -0500
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We just wanted to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on
Television and Media Culture is out, with a new look!  We recently upgraded our
publishing and web design software, and now have a design that is much more
"Web 2.0".  If you're looking for archived articles on the new site and can't
find them, don't worry!  We're working backwards to re-publish all older
articles and comments to our new platform; everything should be there very
soon.  If you have any questions or have feedback regarding the transition
please contact Matt Payne ([log in to unmask]).

This issue features articles from Ilana Gershon, John Corner, Mary Beltran,
Shanti Kumar, Michele Byers, and Judith Halberstam.

Despite the changes, Flow's URL has remained the same.  Please visit the journal
at to read these columns and contribute responses to them.

This issue's columns in brief:

"Indigeneity for Life: 'Bro'Town' and Its Stereotypes" by Ilana Gershon:
The writers of "Bro’town" insist on a distinction between stereotypes used to
reinforce historically and economically grounded inequalities and stereotypes
used to indicate differences without consequences.

"'Captive TV': A New Reality Format" by John Corner:
What does the Royal Navy’s recent hostage crisis in Iran say about television’s
involvement in the conduct of war and conflict?

"Sanjaya and the Mulatto Millennium" by Mary Beltran:
These days it’s a boon to star hopefuls not only to have an ethnically ambiguous
look but to be open about their mixed heritage in their publicity.

"Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss: (not) responding to the Richard Gere-Shipla
Shetty controversy in India" by Shanti Kumar:
The Indian majority’s non-response to the Gere-Shetty kiss indicates reinforces
the notion that diverse cultures in India have known how to live with each
other for centuries.

"I Lost my Wife to Facebook, and Other Myths that Might be True" by Michele
Facebook anyone? Looking to the online community, Facebook, the author considers
how nostalgia and irony simultaneously figure into this current trend.

"Children Playing in Hollywood" by Judith Halberstam:
Let’s see how "Little Children" manages to sneak normativity into the plot as
resolution for the problem of the community enforcement of …normativity!

We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.

Best wishes,

Flow Editorial Staff

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