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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Release Date: 04/12/2019

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe show art Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This 2018 concept album is about reckoning, celebrating, and reclaiming what it means to be American. We discuss how Monáe uses her platform to advocate for queer and black women while working with big record labels to also produce commercial success. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Dirty Computer Additional Resources: Janelle Monáe Bends More Than Gender In Two New Videos From 'Dirty Computer' Why Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Film Is a Timely New Sci-Fi Masterpiece Why Janelle Monáe Put...

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Brian De Palma's Carrie show art Brian De Palma's Carrie

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

  This is a special repost of the first episode of our Patreon-only series, SuperKINGcontext. Stephen King's first novel was adapted into this 1976 cautionary movie about adolescence, bullying, and female representation by a team of middle-aged men. How does the male gaze impact this story that is so often referred to as "feminist"? Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Carrie Additional Resources: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/04/carrie-stephen-king-horror ...

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Chapo Trap House show art Chapo Trap House

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This political comedy podcast makes over a million dollars a year from its Patreon subscribers alone. We try to unpack how it gets made while learning more about the personal values associated with the "dirtbag left." Chapo Trap House podcast on Soundcloud Additional Resources: Meet Chapo Trap House: The Funniest and Most F**ked Up New Podcast About Media and Politics THE RADICAL CHEEK OF 'CHAPO TRAP HOUSE' Chapo Trap House are the Vulgar, Brilliant Demigods of the New Progressive Left Explaining the ‘Chapo Trap House’ Podcast to the Uninitiated Liberals are making bank on a site...

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Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire show art Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This 2015 comic mixes folklore and magic with science and technology. We discuss how each creator brings their own experimentation to the project, and how it's been received by the comic book industry and its more philosophical readers. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Injection Additional Resources: Warren Ellis' Freaky Scifi Comic Series Injection Gets Optioned for TV Exclusive Interview with Injection’s Warren Ellis INTERVIEW: Warren Ellis talks about ‘Injection’ without crying AN...

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The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher show art The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This collection of non-fiction essays attempts to define two modes of storytelling by providing examples of each from popular culture. We talk about how Fisher's argument fits into our larger discussions of horror stories and how his definitions may be useful for considering the end of capitalism. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: The Weird and the Eerie Additional Resources: The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie Eugene Thacker – Weird, Eerie, and Monstrous: A Review of “The Weird and the...

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Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Season 1 show art Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Season 1

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Thank you to our Co-producer patron Kevin Wetter for selecting this week's topic! This 2009 TV show, helmed by Joss Whedon, was meant to be a thematic exploration of identity and sexuality but many have argued about its problematic story. Was that because of corporate interference or Whedon's own issues with feminist representation? Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Dollhouse, Season 1 Additional Resources: Adams, Pippa. Women in Science Fiction: Opportunities and Constraints of Representations in...

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Repost of The Dark Knight show art Repost of The Dark Knight

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

THIS IS A REPOST OF A 2016 EPISODE. As the release of the film JOKER looms, we revisit our discussion about Batman, the Joker, and ambiguity. Looking back on the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” does it stand for anything? Or does it simply soak up whatever morals we bring to it? Christopher Nolan’s intentions remain mysterious, but we do our best to figure them out.   Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: The Dark Knight Additional Resources: JOHNSON, V. (2014). ‘It’s What You Do that...

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A Zed and Two Noughts show art A Zed and Two Noughts

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Thank you to our Co-producer patron Miriam Meaney for selecting this week's topic! This 1985 Peter Greenaway film approaches storytelling with the perspective that there is no meaning to reality despite our organized attempts to create it. We talk about how Greenaway uses the traditions of Dutch paintings and anatomical animal studies to get this message across or frustrate us by trying. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: A Zed and Two Noughts Additional Resources: Symmetry and Structure in Greenaway’s...

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Takeshi Kitano's Dolls show art Takeshi Kitano's Dolls

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Thank you to our Co-producer patron Chris Marlton for selecting this week's topic! This 2002 Japanese art film is slow, meticulously shot, and has wonderful, ornate costumes. We discuss how it was influenced by a form of traditional puppetry but should be approached more like a meditative painting.   Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Dolls Additional Resources: Finding Love in Loss and Tragedy Dolls Dolls by Takeshi Kitano (Review) The cult Japanese movies outfitted by Yohji Yamamoto ...

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On Moral Fiction by John Gardner show art On Moral Fiction by John Gardner

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

In this 1978 non-fiction book, Gardner argues that art and writing should be moral and that his peers in the literary community are immoral for failing to uphold this tradition. We discuss Gardner's tragic life story while trying to process this debate and whether he was right, wrong or just an asshole. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: On Moral Fiction Additional Resources: John Gardner, Pugilist at Rest Moral Fiction John Gardner raided the castle of American fiction, a bit like Grendel. By David...

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