Why has TV storytelling become so complex?

March 31, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Jason Mittell [This post originally appeared at The Conversation.] If you watch the season finale of The Walking Dead this Sunday, the story will likely evoke events from previous episodes, while making references to an array of

The racial injustices of mass deportation

March 23, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Tanya Maria Golash-Boza [This article was originally published on CounterPunch.]  Comprehensive immigration reform, it seems, is no longer on the political agenda. It is incumbent upon us (by us I mean people committed to immigrant

Maddening pleasures, subsequent silence

March 17, 2015 nyupressblog 5

—Stanley I. Thangaraj March Madness is just kicking off, and ESPN has already predicted that this year’s tournament will see over $9 billion in bets and gambling. From offices to college campuses, March Madness continues

Picture us free

March 13, 2015 nyupressblog 1

—Jasmine Nichole Cobb I have always been enamored by U.S. illustrations of black struggles for freedom. Typical depictions feature African descendants insisting on respect and white state officials denying privileges. Cross-generational portrayals mediate these conflicts

Race, ethnicity, and policing

March 12, 2015 nyupressblog 1

Last year, the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers—the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York City—sparked massive protests and a politically-charged

Rebranding safe haven laws

March 5, 2015 nyupressblog 3

—Laury Oaks Last week, the Republican-heavy Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to enhance its safe haven law and voiced support for a newly marketed baby-saving product: the Safe Haven Baby Box. Indiana

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