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This Blog Has Moved! April 22, 2010

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Please visit Televisual at http://blog.ajchristian.org.!

Can MTV Translate ‘Skins’? April 15, 2010

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Note: The following post is filled with enough spoils to excite even the most conservative of pirates.

Three years after the British and a few hip Americans, I have finally started watching E4‘s Skins, the salacious drama about naughty teenagers in Bristol, England. MTV is bringing Skins to the U.S., following a five-decade old tradition of importing British TV. No release date is set, but we’re already getting some hints as to what changes are in store.

The perennial problem with U.S. television importing foreign programs has been one of watering down. Will Skins suffer the same fate? (more…)

Understanding Tyler Perry, the Phenomenon April 12, 2010

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Posted at Visual Inquiry, the research blog for visual studies at the Annenberg School at Penn. Many thanks to Mark Anthony Neal for linking to this post.

Watching a Tyler Perry movie is a strange and ecstatic experience. Perry’s desire for shenanigans, inanity and heightened emotions always makes for an entertaining evening. But his films are in a strange in-between space: between melodrama and traditional drama, between alternative cinema and Hollywood style, and between black authenticity and pure elitism. Through it all, what vexes film scholars, especially critics, is how style, content, auteurism and culture clash and miss each other in Tyler Perry’s films. Understanding Perry now is crucial, especially as he embarks into new cinematic territory, most notably in next year’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

Are Tyler Perry’s movies “bad,” and, whether yes or no, why should we care?

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Televisual: Two-Year Anniversary! April 9, 2010

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This weekend, Televisual turns two years old! Well, sort of. My first post was in April 2008, but it wasn’t saying much; also, the original title was “Atom Culture,” which was bad. “Televisual,” along with more frequent posting and a more cohesive theme, really came last year in the spring. So this is basically a one-year anniversary. No matter! This post is mainly for me, to mark off an accomplishment and encourage me to keep going.

Now, for some fun stuff. The top ten posts of all-time (two years) on this blog! Also, some thoughts on how I’ve been writing and what I plan for the future.

TOP INDIVIDUAL POSTS:

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The ‘Ugly Betty’ Finale: Wilhelmina, Betty and American Success April 8, 2010

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UPDATE (What happens!): Amanda gets her dad! Marc gets Troy and a promotion! Betty gets a career! Daniel gets Betty? Sure, I’ll buy it. And Wilhelmina (finally) gets to be editor-and-chief of Mode — and a boyfriend (Connor Owens)! More on the finale below.

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In Adult Video Online, Does Diversity Sell? April 7, 2010

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I’m assisting a lecture tomorrow on the adult entertainment industry for a course at Penn, so I thought I’d write a quick blog. Note: most links NSFW. Thanks to Queerty, Fleshbot, MOC Blog for linking.

Sean Cody, the king (or among the kings) of amateur gay, and gay-for-pay, video online, has recently included a couple of black men on his site. Sean Cody is infamous for his almost religious devotion to featuring only white performers, though he’s not the only one. Bloggers from Unzipped, Fleshbot, to Men of Color Blog were understandably flabbergasted — and delighted — at the recent shift.

I wonder: Does the change have anything to do with Sean Cody’s possibly declining numbers?

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Toward a History of the Web Series (Market) April 5, 2010

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Screengrabs of the homepage for American Cybercast, a late nighties web show network (orange outline mine)

I’ve been researching for an article on web programming, and I’ve found tons of interesting gems! I’d already known “webisodic programming” had dated back to 1995, and I’m well aware the Internet repeats itself. But what old newspaper and trade press articles suggest is just how similar to today the rhetoric around web content was 15 years ago.

Does anyone remember American Cybercast?

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