Jungle, Blackface and Family Feud
Jungle Politics. The tricky question of the TV game show.
Dead Frogs, Comedy and Gone Girl
Is comedy experiencing a golden age? And is the best-selling thriller and soon-to-be-released film Gone Girl deeply misogynist?
The Age of Quotability
The Age of Quotability. Dictionaries Keeping Up. Baby Names, with a Twist.
Anxiety, privacy and the Brazilian telenovela
As anxiety about digital privacy is growing, it’s also emerging as a theme in popular culture.
Nordic noir, supermarkets and celebrity chefs
Nordic Noir. Supermarkets and celebrity chefs.
Carlotta, Halt and Catch Fire and Rik Mayall
Carlotta and her life story. Vale Rik Mayall. The Watch List.
Ryan Holiday, the attention economy and Pet Shop Boys
Media Manipulation and the attention economy. Pet Shop Boys and political pop.
The advertising effect and vinyl love
Ever wondered how much you’re influenced by advertising? More than you'd care to admit, says ad-man and consumer psychologist Adam Ferrier. But can you become a mindful, rather than mindless consumer? Also this week, with nostalgia for old...
Pranksters, and narcissism versus optimism
The art of the prank and how do young people view the world?
Catwalks, The Anatomy of Fashion and sounding gay
Do I Sound Gay? Fashion writer Colin McDowell.
Robots, sex and the fall of the barrista
Researchers in Texas have built a robot that can churn out barista quality coffee and meanwhile one in five people say they would have sex with a robot. Is this the tipping point?
Marketing the moon and the rise of cute
Was the Apollo Lunar Program the biggest marketing exercise in history? Coinciding with the arrival of television, NASA’s moon missions turned astronauts into celebrities and industrial manufacturers into household names, but the intentions of the...
The List - 2014-04-25
Surfing the globe: a political history
From early days on Hawaiian shores to today's billion dollar industry, is the history of modern surfing as simple and carefree as pop culture suggests?
Geeks, Fargo and the paratextual buzz
The sum of parts: Without quite realising it, we’re consuming an increasing amount of added extras with everything we watch: trailers, teasers, bloopers, tweets, webisodes, podcasts, chat-rooms, fan fiction, mash-ups and tie-ins.This "buzzing swarm"...
Divergent, Superheroes and the Game of Thrones spoiler paradox
A trend for dystopian thrillers with female leads, the "brand health" of superheroes and the Game of Thrones paradox.
The Decadent 80s and 90s, and Sexercise
Was Australian social culture more freewheeling and outrageous in the ‘80s and ‘90s?
Comedy's new breeding ground
How do you make it big in comedy these days?
Banished, Veronica Mars and Robophobia
The curious resurrection of the long-cancelled teenage detective television show, Veronica Mars, and should we rethink living with robots?
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