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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Last night, I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman. Apart from all of the obvious criticisms that many others have already made (for example, the eery similarity of many scenes to other epic/magical films), one of the issues that stood out most for me was the silencing of Snow White. When the previews [...]

Congress 2012, the National Post, and the fallout…

My conference paper, “Single, Awkward, Female: Debra DiGiovanni and the rise of the female stand-up comic in Canadian popular culture”, was picked up by the National Post to be covered as part of their “Oh the Humanities” section featuring work presented at Congress 2012. This research discusses the success and visibility of DiGiovanni in Canadian [...]

Deviant Bodies, Revolt! | Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Deviant Bodies, Revolt! | Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Check out the coverage of my panel at Congress last weekend. My paper argued that female comedians use self-deprecation as a performative strategy to gain entry into an industry that remains male-dominated, as well as gaining acceptance from audiences that continue to be [...]

CanCon Does Well on Youtube

According to recently released YouTube viewership statistics, Canadians not only watch more hours of YouTube per capita than anyone else, they are also equally likely to watch Canadian videos as American ones. This finding renews questions about the relevance and efficacy of Canadian content regulation in other forms of media. northwestern states cement routing code [...]

How Celebratory is Too Celebratory?

Watching the Junos on Sunday, I couldn’t help but be uneasy at all of the emotional celebrations of Canadianness and Canadian music. Understandably an awards ceremony the supports Canadian cultural production must speak in some way to the importance of this national mandate, but a little subtlety would have gone a long way. International superstar [...]

New Issue of Feminist Media Studies

The latest issue of Feminist Media Studies (Vol.10, Iss. 4) was published in December and I am happy to say that I have a short article in the Commentary and Criticism section: “Women, Humour, and Feminism.” In the past two issues, C&C editors Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes have done an excellent job bringing together [...]

Acadieman Cancellation Typically Canadian

Acadieman creator Dano Leblanc was left with few financial options following TV5′s sudden decision to pull out of a project that should have produced 13 new episodes of the popular series. northwestern states cement routing code Like many cultural producers in Canada, Leblanc has had difficulty finding financial support in a national broadcasting system that [...]

Creative Work

While television networks and entertainment producers are still debating the feasibility of making money from internet programming, the value of online spaces for the development of creative material is unquestionable. It is increasingly possible for comedians and comedy writers to be “discovered” through online video content, and going viral is an almost sure-fire way to [...]

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