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The Stormtrooper Paradox: Finn’s Awakening

The Force Awakens does what no other movie in the long running Star Wars franchise has even done before: it humanizes Stormtroopers. Strangely the filmmakers seen unaware of the rather profound implications their new narrative has for the rest of their cinematic universe. SUPPORT This videographic essay was made possible by support from viewers like […]

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Donald Trump And The Lovable Misogynist Trope

Why wasn’t Donald Trump’s blatant and unashamed misogyny a deal breaker for voters? I argue it has a lot to do with the ways pop culture, especially television sitcoms, work to normalizes sexist behavior. SUPPORT This videographic essay was made possible by support from viewers like you! If you’d like to see more videos focusing […]

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The Subversive Boyhood of Steven Universe

The Cartoon Network series Steven Universe is an adventure show about a boy with super powers derived from an interstellar gemstone in his belly. But in many ways it’s also a coming-of-age story about a young man growing up and trying to find his place in the world. In this episode we discussing how Steven’s […]

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Military Recruitment and Science Fiction Movies

The sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster “Independence Day” hit theaters this summer but there was something a little strange about many of the trailers. What looks like a clever marketing campaign centered on joining the fictional “Earth Space Defense” was actually a cross-branded recruitment tool for the US Army. It’s part of a multi-million dollar […]

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Every Tear on Steven Universe Supercut

This supercut collects every tear from 107 episodes of Steven Universe. You can see my full video essay about emotional expression on Steven Universe here. ABOUT THE PROJECT The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a brand new video series that looks at media through a critical lens with an emphasis on depictions of men and […]

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