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We want to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on
Television and Media Culture is available at

This issue features columns from Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones,  
Ethan Thompson, Phillip Lamarr Cunningham, Alyx Vesey, Bernard M.  
Timberg, Evan Elkins, Paul Achter, and David Gurney.

This issue's columns in brief:

"?Using One of its Lifelines?: Does Politics Save Saturday Night Live  
from Oblivion?" by Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson  
The role of political satire in "rescuing" Saturday Night Live from  
obscurity and cultural irrelevance.

"Who?s Going to Play Michelle Obama?: Saturday Night Live and Its Lack  
of Women of Color" by Phillip Lamarr Cunningham  
A simple dilemma highlights the shows astounding lack of diversity,  
especially regarding female cast members.

"Pitchforking Andy Samberg?s Hipster Appeal " by Alyx Vesey  
A look at Andy Samberg?s role as Saturday Night Live?s resident  
hipster and geek.

"Gilda Rader and ?Jewess Jeans?: Breaking the Jewish Ethnicity Taboo  
on Network Television" by Bernard M. Timberg  
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Investigating the representation of 'jewishness" on SNL through Gilda Radner.

"Michael O?Donoghue, SNL, and the Comedy of Cruelty " by Evan Elkins  
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A look at early Saturday Night Live and the comedy of Michael O?Donoghue.

"'Weekend Update' and the tradition of new journalism " by Paul Achter  
An examination of how the decedents of "Weekend Update" proliferate.

"Give Me That Old Time Virality" by  David Gurney (
Exploring the intersections of viral video and Saturday Night Live.

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We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.

Best wishes,

Flow Editorial Staff

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