Cultural Studies at the Crossroads: Michael Bérubé writes a very convincing analysis of the challenges facing cultural studies, from both structural/institutional and theoretical standpoints. Perhaps the best moment (or my favorite, since I’m a bit snarky) is Bérubé’s quote of Stuart Hall: “I really cannot read another cultural-studies analysis of Madonna or The Sopranos.”
Conspicuous Data Collection: Maximilian Forte at Open Anthropology posted a paper given last year on the publicity that HTS generates and how “it was created above all for domestic consumption, as part of a domestic propaganda effort and a public relations war conducted through the mainstream media.”
Situated Television Knowledges: For your viewing pleasure… Robert D. Kaplan writes a short but punchy plug for watching Al Jazeera’s international channel. Forget Lehrer, Kaplan writes, Al Jazeera “is what the internationally minded elite class really yearns for.” Kaplan describes Al Jazeera’s slant on international politics as having a forgivable bias towards the disempowered, but one that might well represent the middle-of-the-road view from developing nations.