I’ve just discovered and am rather liking the Youtube “Feminist Frequency” productions. We often talk here about the necessity for pop culture critique — for unpacking the ‘messaging’ content of for-profit entertainment media and its power in subverting and/or enforcing dominant paradigms (often, bewilderingly, both at once — or apparently subverting while actually enforcing — or apparently enforcing while covertly subverting, etc). This critic takes a fresh and humorous approach to pop culture critique…
The Bechdel Test for the representation of women in popular film — hilarious and all too accurate.
‘Dollhouse’ as unexamined brothel metaphor (it all makes me kinda glad I don’t have broadcast TV)
Veronica Mars and the uses of violence in TV plot writing (and how the show failed to deal seriously with sexual violence)
‘True Blood’ and the misappropriation of civil rights struggle — “offensive at best” — a great takedown of mediocre writing
Home-made video indistinguishable from broadcast TV quality… a powerful communication medium.
Inviting other links: does anyone else have favourite Youtube or other “cultural criticism” productions to recommend? I’ll start by recommending “Classified X” — a landmark documentary on racism in American cinema and TV. (reviewed here at FS a while back)…