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Wall-E as Sociological Storytelling

Pixar’s Wall-E is a masterpiece of animated filmmaking about two adorable robots falling in love, though I’d argue it also serves as an excellent example of sociological storytelling. Social systems are one of the most important, and most misunderstood, concepts in my work on media and masculinity. So in this video essay I use Wall-E’s […]

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Jonathan McIntosh interviewed by Henry Jenkins

I was recently interviewed about this project by author and USC Cinema Arts professor Henry Jenkins. The following was originally published on Jenkins’s website Confessions of an Aca-Fan in three parts. I’m crossposting the whole interview here.    1) “Buffy vs. Edward” helped to establish your reputation as a remix video producer. In some ways, […]

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The Unfulfilled Potential of Video Games

This video series primarily focuses on film and television, but every once in a while I like to check-in on the world of video games. Interactive media has the incredible potential to deliver a wide range of immersive, emotional experiences, yet year after year the gaming industry seems to fall back on one underlying theme […]

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Born Sexy Yesterday

This video essay is about a gendered trope that has bothered me for years but didn’t have a name, so I gave it one: Born Sexy Yesterday. It’s a science fiction convention where the mind of what’s essentially a naive, yet highly skilled, girl is written into the body of a mature sexualized woman. Born […]

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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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