In Media Res
I was invited to participate in a great exchange over at In Media Res on the theme of "Recontextualizing Pop Songs." The format of In Media Res allows for short, timely reflections by scholars, activists, and journalists. It's particularly cool to see the ideas develop in the comments as contributors respond to each other.
I happened to be writing this post during the week that saw the release of Beyonce's Lemonade and the death of Prince. As was the case for many of us, my experience of those pop music events was framed primarily through headlines in my Facebook feed posted by friends. While a few of those headlines were simple news reports, most were think pieces, reflecting on broader cultural issues like race and gender. I put together a quick slideshow to illustrate the point.
You can find my commentary and slides here: "Rethinking Thinkpieces: Pop Criticism as Pop Culture."
Another piece of this research was presented as a public talk at Columbia College Chicago as part of the Cultural Studies Colloquium Series.