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The Subversive Boyhood of Steven Universe

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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 Hug On Steven Universe Supercut

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This is a supercut of every hug on Steven Universe. A total of 95 hugs from episodes 1 to 83. 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 […]

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Emotional Expression on Steven Universe

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This is the first in a series of videos exploring what Steven Universe has to say about men, boys and masculinity. This episode covers representations of emotional expression, and highlights the ways in which crying, affection and fear are framed on the show. The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a brand new video series that looks at […]

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Announcing The Pop Culture Detective Agency!

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I’m excited to announce The Pop Culture Detective Agency! This project a brand new video series that looks at media through a critical lens with an emphasis on depictions of men and masculinity in popular culture. ABOUT THE PROJECT This new video series focuses on deconstructing the representations of masculinity we see embedded in movies, […]

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