We discuss the sociology of pro wrestling.
Internet outrage at a mixed review of Lana Del Rey’s new album. What do we learn about celebrity today?
Rachel Skaggs (Ohio State University) describes her research on making it in country music songwriting.
The Annex discusses the case of Jussie Smollett, an actor who was charged with fabricating a hate crime .
We discuss “cancel culture”, demands that cultural products are removed from public distribution and circulation when their creators are enmeshed in moral transgressions.
We discuss the 2019 Academy Awards.
We discuss the 2018 Oscars
Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Becky Yang Hsu (Georgetown University) discuss the potential impact of Black Panther’s commercial success on studio’s interest in supporting more movies featuring black casts and crews, and the viability of Wakanda-style insular development.
Aziz Ansari’s #metoo moment provokes controversy.