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Oh, All That Annoying Movie Marketing: A Chat with Critic Eric D. Snider

Summertime means cross-promotion is in the air.

“Young people are pretty savvy about marketing…They don’t consider something ‘bad’ or ‘annoying’ just because it’s marketing, the way many of us in the previous generation did.”

Moriarty, Hannibal, and Despicable Me: How We End Up Rooting for the Bad Guy

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It’s okay to find the villain appealing in certain respects—in fact, much of pop culture depends on our doing just that.

‘Super Pop!’ and Making (Extremely Fun) Connections Across Media

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Quick, what do these have in common… the ‘dingy basements’ in ‘Fight Club’ (the film), the video game Flower, a couple of novels by Harumi Murakami and E.L. Konigsburg, the bathroom in HBO’s ‘Girls,’ Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s ‘Empire State of Mind,’ and Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’?

Doctor Who… Librarian?

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… the gateway to countless worlds of pure fancy intentionally looks pedestrian—one has to transcend the importance of “surface” to be rewarded with the riches that lie beneath.

Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

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“A narrative experience like ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ is compelling in part because of the great bones of Austen’s story and characters, for sure. But equally compelling is the story form, the opportunity for consumers to engage deeply with those characters…”

Why At First I Didn’t Think I Could Write About ‘Citizen Hearst’

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So why am I so on the fence about recommending this well-produced and often engaging film?

After Earth Day, Who “Speaks” for Nature?

Human Planet. (Photo Credit: © Timothy Allen/BBC 2010)

Aren’t most of our public policy debates about the environment informed by factoids/partial data/dramatic images supplied by media coverage rather than the relevant research?