• Masculinist Middle Class Misfits on The Simpsons

    By Zach Smith Since 1989, viewers have tuned into The Simpsons to appreciate its humor and drama. The show is famous for its signature catchphrases like Homer’s “D’oh!,” Bart’s “ay, caramba!,” and baby Maggie’s pacifier sucking noise. Even though the iconic longstanding show is a beloved comedic hit, it...
  • The Power of Disney’s American Dream and the Nuclear Family

    By Timothy Jarvis The Walt Disney Company has, for decades, conveyed the narrative of what the ideal American family consists of by over-representing white, male-led, and middle-class values at whatever cost to members of society representing different demographics. Through the use of film, these messages are how the magic...
  • The Last Jedi – And The Best SW To Date?

    Now in its 40th year, the Star Wars franchise is back and better than ever with newbie director Rian (“Breaking Bad” meets “Looper”) Johnson’s The Last Jedi. TLJ is the longest Star Wars movie to date, clocking in at 2½ hours, but time flies by, thanks to Johnson’s deft...
  • The Barstool Sports Empire: “For The Common Man, By The Common Man” (?)

    by Lindsay Sweet, CDAE/Community and International Development major at the University of Vermont. In 2003, David Portnoy quit an unfulfilling job in sales to be his own boss and pursue a career he was truly passionate about. Portnoy conceptualized a newspaper focused around gambling tips and fantasy-sports projections, and...
  • Hamilton: How Do You Love Something You Cannot See?

    by Hallie Gibbons, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Lin Manuel Miranda has created an army of supporters for his shockingly brilliant, politically clamorous, full-bodied brainchild that is Hamilton. Miranda has been immensely successful in creating mass-market exposure to the modern and historical mix of magic...
  • Twitter: Is The #Party Over?

    by Elena McWright, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Social media platforms have become increasingly popular all over the world as a resource to all for spreading news, personal information, and promotions of all kinds. For Twitter specifically, it has been used since its birth in...
  • American Horror Story: How Pop CULT Plays Into Political Stereotypes

    by Shannon Tinkham, Economics major at the University of Vermont. Since its release in 2011, American Horror Story has been known for taking chances and testing the limits of cable television. It has touched on subjects such as supernatural events, mass shootings, and serial killers, among many others. This season...
  • #MeToo – Assessing The Role Of Social Media In Sexual Abuse

    by Caroline Kepler, CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Recently, the hashtag #MeToo swept the globe, generating millions of women to speak up about sexual injustices. After 24 hours, #MeToo was shared 650,000 times, 24 hours later it was shared 1.2 million times around the world...
  • Quantico – Pop Cult’ing The US “War On Terror”

    by Jane Sidley, Political Science major at the University of Vermont. The show Quantico is a new ABC series that quickly draws in viewers and makes us interested in what is going on within a fictionalized FBI at Quantico training HQ. The opening scene of the first episode has the...