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Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

Linda as Karuta: "This is my first attempt at making an outfit and wearing a wig. The skirt and outer top was made by me, while the white top was something that I already owned."

“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”

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.

Joss Whedon, Modern Dress Shakespeare, and the Problem of Class in Classrooms

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Both curriculum and pop culture, perhaps not coincidentally, have no problem dealing with class systems when they’re at a remove.

BEA, Famous Authors, and Why We’re All Guilty of Promoting ‘Celebrity Culture’

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I guess there was some cosplay going on, but most participating attendees chose to dress up as publishing executives for some reason.

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?

When Curriculum is Media: The Important Lessons of ‘The Revisionaries’

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Students are provided with curriculum in much the same way that religious adherents are provided with scripture, as something whose source and authorship are not be discussed, much less questioned.

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

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The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…