About This Blog…

I have neglected this blog over the last year or so in favor of book projects.sitcom reader 2 cover

HC 4 cover

Admittedly, those have been important works, at least to me – a new edition of The Sitcom Reader, a new edition of The Hollywood Curriculum, a new edited volume Screen Lessons, and three titles of edited student essays continuing the Critical Media Studies series on Deadwood, Contemporary Sitcoms, and Education and Popular Culture. Whew!

Still, I do wish I had been able to juggle better.

This represents a recommitment to Mary Dalton on Media. The problem, it seems, has been partly one of scope and scale in addition to the demands of the book projects. In this period of peak TV and multiple platforms for movies, I simply can’t keep up.

So, along with this “reset” of the blog comes a reconceptualization.

Instead of being paralyzed by the amount of work in front of me, I’ll write about the texts and experiences that move me most, stick with me over time, or happen at a point when I have an extra pocket of time to reflect.

To get us started again, I have two posts based on ideas that have been swirling in my head for quite a while (coming soon). If you have questions or ideas or things you would like for me to write about, email me directly, dalton@wfu.edu.

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3 Responses to About This Blog…

  1. Steve says:

    I read the excerpt of the first Essay in Deadwood. Interesting. I was left wondering what Ms. Steiner would make of the John Ford classic The Searchers. John Wayne’s anti-hero, Ethan Edwards, was a piece of work. The role, however, was one of Waynes favorite. So much so that his son Ethan is alleged to be named after the character.

    The Ethan character has plenty of lines along this vein:

    [Brad Jorgenson takes a small boulder and attempts to crush the skull of a dead Comanche warrior]
    Reverend Clayton: Jorgenson!
    Ethan: Why don’t you finish the job?
    [shoots out the eyes of the dead Comanche warrior]
    Reverend Clayton: What good did that do ya?
    Ethan: By what you preach, none. But what that Comanche believes, ain’t got no eyes, he can’t enter the spirit-land. Has to wander forever between the winds.You get it, Reverend.

  2. marymdalton says:

    I wonder that, too. Just emailed her a link to the comment. We’ll see!

  3. Rebecca Steiner says:

    Will have to re-watch The Searchers. It has been over 2 years since I first watched. Good excuse to watch a classic film. I’ll get back to you.

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