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The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

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These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

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.

How NOT To Teach Bestselling Books and Comics, or Hollywood Blockbusters

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Years ago media literacy educators noticed something dismaying: kids were becoming downright cynical. Healthy skepticism had been replaced with a kind of universal suspicion. Today, some teachers might like to revive that approach…

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 2)

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“After dinner we watch the replay in the sitting room… And there I am, blushing and confused, made beautiful by Cinna’s hands, desirable by Peeta’s confession, tragic by circumstance, and by all accounts, unforgettable.”

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 1)

A PR Phony Meets an Authentic Teen: Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, left) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in THE HUNGER GAMES. (Photo credit: Murray Close.)

“There’s this sort of upbeat soundtrack playing under it that makes it twice as awful because, of course, almost everyone on-screen is dead.”