Supernatural 4×05 “Monster Movie”

This week’s Supernatural was a loving homage to the classic Universal Studios monster movies, complete with a bombastic soundtrack in the place of Supernatural’s classic rock and a full black-and-white episode. A full unpacking of the expert genre and medium emulation on the part of the episode “Monster Movie” would fill an entire journal-length essay,…

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Review: Pretty/Handsome

There are a lot of things that media can do.  It can inform, entertain, challenge, distract, instruct, condemn, rally, terrify, delight. And of course, there are people in control of media distribution, company programming execs, network censors, etc. Which means that sometimes, a show will come along to challenge our pre-conceptions and investigate difference, a…

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Hello world

Welcome to 21st Century Geeks, an academic blog focusing on geek cultures and media convergence. Here are the stakes: We are entering and/or are already in a golden age of geek culture. Geek movies continually rock the box offices (Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Transformers, Iron Man), video games have become an immensely profitable entertainment…

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