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The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Cultures Why Star Trek and GOT owe a debt to Jane Austin obsessives READ ON

Approaches to Po-Mo [NOTES] Postmodernity vs.the Postmodern vs.Postmodernism READ ON

Autoethnography as a research method: Advantages, limitations and criticisms. The aim of this article is to review the literature on autoethnography as a research method. READ ON

The Mattering Map a model of meaning making, of what matters in psychological life.  READ ON

Consumers with high self-brand connections (SBC) [STUDY] respond to negative brand information as they do to personal failure, as a threat to their positive self-view READ ON

Plurimediality and the Serial Figure [NOTE]
The serial figure, as we call it, is not merely a character in a series; rather, it exists as a series – across a variety of media READ ON

The Day my Doctor Died [ARTICLE] a Child’s Experience of the First 'Regeneration' in Doctor Who READ ON

A Brief History of Applause [ARTICLE] Once, people measured their leaders -- and themselves -- one clap at a time READ ON

Cabinets of Death: the macabre in post-religious culture. 'Artifacts that flicker on the edges of death and beauty, create a certain frisson, an ontological confusion' READ ON

The creephouse: dolls in fiction
Dolls are creepy.  There’s no denying it... We are you, they seem to say, but not you  READ ON

"Oh, I Dig Your Fab Gear!”  [PAPER]   Costume, Fashion and the Doctor READ ON

What is Cosplay? [ARTICLE] Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion READ ON 

Music and Fashion [ARTICLE] The relationship between fashion and popular music is one of abundant and mutual creativity READ ON 

Unboxing Videos   The ‘unboxing’ video offers the viewer the vicarious experience of removing a newly purchased product from its packaging. It is a visual document of the consummation of the purchaser–product relationship READ ON

Sex, Crime and the City [PAPER] Municipal Law and the Regulation of Sexual EntertainmentDOWNLOAD

Writing Lessons for Astrophysicists [ARTICLE] Literature doesn’t depict, it observes. It observes a reality that it conjures into existence by observing it, just like, well, like Schrödinger’s goddamn cat READ ON

Slash Slang [ARTICLE] Not just punctuation slash symbol anymore? READ ON

The Bare Truth: Porno-chic Models of Femininity as a National Narrative [PAPER] 

Egos Inflating Over Time [RESEARCH] 30% increase in narcissism between 1979 and 2006 READ ON 

Justin Bieber and Generation Y [ARTICLE] 'the gleeful reaction by some to Mr. Bieber’s misbehavior may connect to two directives imposed upon children today: the need to overprepare for the demanding and perilous world of work, and the loss of innocence that preparation entails' READ ON

The Lost Boyhood of Justin Bieber [ARTICLE] Bieber's adult problems: 'All this isn't easy. I get angry sometimes' READ ON / MORE

The Barbed Gift of Leisure [ARTICLE] We have always sensed that free time, time not dedicated to a specific purpose, is dangerous because it implicitly raises the question of what to do with it READ ON

Why You Can’t Stop Perusing Your Facebook Profile [RESEARCH]
 New research suggests that all that rereading, revising, and updating satisfies the fundamental human need to feel good about yourself READ ON 

Super Power Fantasies [ARTICLE] In his book Do The Gods Wear Capes?, Saunders argues that Superman is a "moral agent who acts always out of his commitment to 'the good.'"  READ ON

Girl Geeks and Boy Kings [ARTICLE] Facebook was, in its early days, powered by women—or rather, by photographs of women READ ON

Whitewashing of Latino Characters in Film   'There have been many instances where a Latino role was offered to a non-Latino actor, especially in the case of Latino historical figures' READ ON

In Defense of Sports  'The joy that sport offers us comes in two forms: as passive spectators and as active participants. The dichotomy drawn between these two kinds of leisure is a false one' READ ON

Liking your Like  We are endlessly flattering one another, too—sharing everything we do with everyone we know, and reflexively praising every biographical detail that comes over the transom to us READ ON

Twilight and Fandom  What is a fan? Henry Jenkins says one becomes a fan by translating viewing or reading into some type of cultural activity READ ON

Building an Anthropology of Bicycling
 The study of bicycling as a social and cultural phenomenon is more than studying bike culture READ ON

Does Identity Exist Without Visibility? Warhol understood that brand identity was the definition of success – for people as well as products. Instant recognition – the shoes, the hair, the face, destroys the distinction between public and private. READ ON

The Shifting Lines of Moral Force  Why do costumed superheroes suddenly have complex interiority: family backgrounds, ambivalence, moral crises, self-doubt and even explicit political motivation? READ ON

Hong Kong, Globalism and Halloween [ARTICLE] It's more popular than Mid-Autumn Festival ... it's about being cosmopolitan READ ON

What are superhero movies really all about? [ARTICLE] 'Almost never do superheroes make, create, or build anything. The villains, in contrast, are endlessly creative' READ ON

The Amis People: Call us Jacko [ARTICLE] 'Amis young people have been creating an alternative style of body exhibition .. from a complex interplay among global hip-hop ... and pan-indigenous identity' READ ON

The Beatles vs the Nerds: the Liverpool lads and American adolescence The hairstyles the Beatles wore .. were pageboys, and they all were clad in identical suits. They were wearing greaser-style shoes, which we would soon learn to call Beatles Boots ... All of the prudent and wise said the same: They look like girls! READ ON

The Lives of Lana Del Rey [FILM] the controversial singer's new music video, Chelsea Hotel, charts a character's  smirkingly dismissive rise to fame VIEW

How Robot Interaction Changes Us [AUDIO] 
Sherry Turkle: 'Why are we at a point in our history when we would want to construct false relationships? Because when we construct robots, we are changing ourselves' PLAY

Bum Rap [FILM] Music labels cultivate images that conform to stereotypes of young, urban Black men VIEW

How Movies Teach Manhood [FILM]
Colin Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain VIEW

Rap Images and Bitch [FILM] Rap artist Lupe Fiasco addresses the issue of images in the media and how they are absorbed by children VIEW

Cultural Representation as a Practice of Domination [FILM] At 2:28 mark Keene (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) asks 'Who has the right to represent whom?' At 22:40 mark the host asks, as a practical matter, how one is to accurately and respectfully represent so many culturally distinct tribes. In her response, Keene denies the premise of the question, insisting on 'the right of the community to represent themselves' READ ON

Coupon's New York Punk Portraits [PHOTOS] William Coupon photographs of the Mudd Club’s thriving counterculture scene throughout the late 1970s VIEW

Why Being Online Means Staying Honest [FILM] 
Jeff Hancock: The Future of Lying VIEW

Das Deutsche Mädel and girls[ARCHIVE] A magazine for German teenage girls in the Hitler Youth and related to art and 'volk' or back to the land. Here are front covers from 1936-1943 READ ON

Paul Zac at the Future of Storytelling summit [FILM] Zac director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies: 'Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry — and that’s what it means to be a social creature' VIEW

David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust [FILM] Narrated by Jarvis Cocker READ ON

Remix Culture and Creativity Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson [FILM] 'We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn't an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness, it's a liberation from our misconceptions.' VIEW

Oramics to Electronica: a documentary exploring how co-curation set the direction for this Science Museum exhibition [FILM] Team includes BBC Radiophonic Workshop, EMS and electronic musicians VIEW

But What if Something is Really There? [BOOK] The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan book review. Why do we believe in griffins and ghouls? A scientific history explains the hold they have on the human mind READ ON

The Uses Of Dissatisfaction [BOOK]
Adam Phillips on how we cope with not having what we desire, or not being who we want to be? READ ON

Beyond the Couch [BOOK] The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves READ ON

Songs of Innocence [BOOK] The Story of British Childhood By Fran Abrams  READ ON

What our Critical Vocabulary Says about our Time [BOOK] In 2005 Sianne Ngai published Ugly Feelings, a study of 'minor' states of feeling shaped by commercial culture e.g. envy and boredom and why these feelings are so natural to us nowadays. In her new book, Our Aesthetic Categories, she considers how those feelings help us form judgments about the aesthetic world, how we know to describe something as 'interesting' or adorable (or, worse yet, 'adorkable') READ ON

The Human Face of Big Data [BOOK] 'An information surplus – may soon define our lives'. Rick Smolan's book Book shows how data changes everything READ ON

I Want to Believe (My Eyes) [BOOK] Oliver Sacks: We create narratives to explain what we’ve seen, and when old-fashioned figures like devils and witches “are no longer believed in, new ones — aliens, visitations from ‘a previous life’ — take their place.” READ ON

My People(s) [BOOK] 'if every defined human group necessarily has, at any moment in its history, some ancestry from a variety of other collections of humans, how are we to delineate those groups and reconstruct their family histories?' READ ON

The Cultural and Social History of the Fairy Tale [REVIEW] 'Fairy tales, like our own lives, were born out of conflict' says author Zipes READ ON

The Folly of Fools: Deceit and Self-Deception [BOOK] False personal narratives, self-inflation ... is self-deception adaptive? READ ON

Cinema Self and Alienation: David Thomson claims the screen has detached us from reality [REVIEW] 'What is most important is the fact of the screen as something that separates us from reality. All along, I think, we have been watching screens, and it is only recently, with the profusion of electronic screens, some so small that people aged over 25 can't quite see them, that this has been appreciated' READ ON

We hate everything! Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage visualise the legacy of the punk aesthetic READ ON 

Keller and Wittwer: the performativity of advertising [EXHIB] 
In I Knew Some of You Better Than Others, but I Miss You All, artists Keller and Wittwer confront their own bodies with images from advertising READ ON

Full of Blood, Ev’ry Line a Vein: books and being [BOOK]  Long before neural implants, the iPad and the talking phone, there was the book. It, too, was described as a living, breathing entity READ ON

How Mod Became the Mainstream [BOOK]Richard Weight, Mod: A Very British Style READ ON

David Bowie’s Style Decades [BOOK] David Bowie Style is the book's title, but isn't he really a serial appropriator of styles? READ ON

Storytelling through Costume: The V&A Hollywood Costume exhibition reviews [EXHIB]illuminates the costume designer’s process in the creation of character READ ON Guardian READ ON Clothes on Film READ ON

The mannequin who fell to earth [EXHIB] The V&A's plans to use David Bowie's costumes to chart his life and times in an exhibition READ ON

Writing beyond academic audiences [BOOK] Academics don’t write to be read; they write to be published. It’s good to be published, and better to be understood READ ON

Dressing James Bond: Designing 007 exhibition at the Barbican London [EXHIB] [FILM] A showcase of costumes and props from the films' 50-year history, from suits and swimwear to gadgetsREAD ON  / VIEW

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: history of advertising jingles [BOOK] Though it’s easy to be cynical about gray-flannel advertisers going hip, the jingle writers of the 20th century created a potent language READ ON