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The weekly pseudo-academic roundtable of pop-culture analysis with drinking and swearing!



Vox Populorum is a blog and podcast devoted to pop culture criticism. We believe that the best way to understand culture is to discuss it. But we also believe that it's a lot more fun to have these conversations throwing back a couple beers at the bar rather than in a classroom. Please join our weekly round table of media critics, academics, creators, artists, professors, students and fans for an engaging discussion about movies, novels, comic books, television, video games, music or whatever else we happen to think of!



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The weekly pseudo-academic roundtable of pop-culture analysis with drinking and swearing!



Vox Populorum is a blog and podcast devoted to pop culture criticism. We believe that the best way to understand culture is to discuss it. But we also believe that it's a lot more fun to have these conversations throwing back a couple beers at the bar rather than in a classroom. Please join our weekly round table of media critics, academics, creators, artists, professors, students and fans for an engaging discussion about movies, novels, comic books, television, video games, music or whatever else we happen to think of!



Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

    e116. Copaganda, Cartoons, and You

    e116. Copaganda, Cartoons, and You

    One of the most interesting side effects of the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests sparked off by the George Floyd murder has been the #DefundPolice movement gaining national attention. Obviously that’s a big complicated issue that goes beyond shouting hashtags online (or probably should). Some jurisdictions are beginning to take the call seriously, but in the meantime it seems to have gained more immediate support in television media. In the wake of the current situation police reality shows COPS and LivePD have both been cancelled. Popular sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine has announced that they are scrapping much of the previously written scripts for their upcoming season to refocus the show on the issues of police brutality and #BLM protests. Long running police procedural drama Law & Order: SVU says they are going to address the situation as well. Finally, interestingly enough, there have been repeated calls across the internet to address the situation by “defunding Chase”, one of that is one of the stars of the animated children’s program Paw Patrol. The last one was largely a joke, except to a bunch of hard right wing television pundits who don’t understand how humor works. But still, there’s a part of it that is worth considering. Children get most of their idea of what a police officer is from media. Frankly, most of us get most of our ideas of what a police officer is from media.







    On today’s episode Katya, Hannah and Mav are joined by our go-to violence expert Meron Langsner and new guest, retired police officer turned television actor Ryan Scott Thomas to talk about the portrayal of police in media and how it affects our views of what cops actually are as well as consider how the current heightened awareness of some of the dark realities of police departments are reconciled with out media. Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* #8toAbolition* Force Decisions by Rory Miller* “You Will See These People Again and Again, but Not George Floyd!” by Hock Hochheim* The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale* “Day 358 of 365” by Christopher Maverick (when Mav was almost arrested for eating a cookie while black)* “Po...

    e115. Why Do We Love Minor Characters?

    e115. Why Do We Love Minor Characters?

    Every story (well most stories) have a protagonist that we follow throughout the narrative. Usually we are meant to identify with them; they are our link to the plot and the world of the story. Typically, their worlds are fleshed out by any number of supporting characters that they interact with: friends, lovers, enemies. These characters are often just as interesting as the protagonist and often… if the you look at the story the right way, could be considered the protagonist in their own right. And then… then there are the others… minor characters, who aren’t necessarily fully realized, but are purely designed to flesh out the world. And yet, sometimes we love these characters. Sometimes, they become so beloved that they become bigger parts of the story than they were ever intended to be. Sometimes they can even replace the original protagonist. Other times, they don’t. They may stay minor characters and yet we love them anyway. On today’s episode, Wayne, Hannah and Mav welcome back returning guests Nicole Freim and Meron Langsner to discuss the concept of minor characters, how they become popular and why we identify with them as readers or viewers. Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* The Theory of the Novel by George Lukacs* “An Antelope From The Lion King Wonders Why He Was Invited to the Celebration of Simba’s Birth” by Fabian Lapham







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme* Listen to Meron’s audio drama podcast, Slippery Slope* Follow Meron on Twitter: @meronlangsner* Follow Nicole Freim on Twitter: @NFreim* Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannahleerogers* Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick* Follow Wayne on Instagram: @tetroc2017* Follow Mav’s Personal Blog: http://chrismaverick.com* Follow Wayne’s Personal Blog: http://wayne-wise.com * Follow us on Twitter: @voxpopcast* Follow us on Instagram: @voxpopcast* Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/voxpopcast* Subscribe to our new YouTube channel* Make sure you subscribe on ...

    e114. Your Black Friend is Tired

    e114. Your Black Friend is Tired

    A few years ago, in an interview with Stephen Colbert, Will Smith said that he believed that racism isn’t getting worse — it’s getting filmed. While it may be hard to quantifiably judge the first part of that statement, the second part is certainly true. In the last couple of weeks, the public availability of bystander cell phone footage has led to massive rioting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, and now — just this weekend — over the death of Rashard Brooks by Atlanta Police. In the recent past the same has been true over the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling and countless others. And this is not to mention Breonna Taylor or any number of other black people murdered that are not “lucky” enough to have it happen on film. It seems that no matter how many times people take to the streets or twitter screaming “#BlackLivesMatter”, the one thing that really gets people’s attention is watching a man get murdered live on TV… well, ok maybe not a man… but like after the 7th or 8th, it starts to sink in.







    So, if you’re a non-black person, who finds yourself outraged by this and wanting to do something… welcome to the fight. For some of us, this has been a thing that we’ve been living with and fighting for for quite some time. We have seen racism first hand. We have spoken and marched. We have argued against those who would ignore peaceful protests and then misappropriate the words of MLK to vilify more violent ones. We have studied black history only to have it whitesplained by those who haven’t bothered to learn the name of a single civil rights leader other than King’s (and really, how many people can you name in the artwork for this episode?). It’s part of our lives. It’s part of being black. And we’re exhausted. In this week’s very special episode of VoxPopcast, Mav is joined by returning guests Caitlyn Hunter and Marcel Walker as well as new guests, Derrick Weston, Jameel al Khafiz, Anthony Kingdom James Ruttgaizer, and Shayna Watson to talk about their lives and experiences with being black and experiencing and fighting against racism both on the Internet and in the real world, why it’s tiring and what you can do to help.. Join us as we discuss our hopes and our frustrations with racism, cops, trauma, and even allies. We hope it is informative. Let us know what you think.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* “The Other America” by Martin Luther King Jr.* “The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X* “The 10 Point Program of the Black Panther Party” by Bobby Seale* “How Can We Win?” by Kimberly Jones* “Speech at the Rivonia Trial” by Nelson Mandela* The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois* a href="https://blacklivesmatter.

    e113. Cartoons vs. Avatars

    e113. Cartoons vs. Avatars

    A couple of weeks ago, in order to placate the masses during a worldwide quanrantine, Facebook released their new “Avatar” system — a tool to allow users to create little cartoon characters of themselves for use in profile pics and stickers. Other technology companies have similar system. Apple has one built into its messaging system and Bitmoji uses this principle as its underlying business model. However, when Facebook made their announcement, some professional artists pushed back noting that if people want a custom profile pic, why not hire someone to make a unique one rather than just using a set of ubiquitous tools. Good Question! On this week’s show, Mav, Katya and Wayne are joined by two hosts of the Webcomic Alliance Podcast, Byron Wilkins and Dawn Griffin, to discuss the this issue as well as the difference between avatars and cartoon caricatures, why people might choose one over the other and how the whole thing relates to issues of race, identity, gender, culture, creativity and psychology. It turns out a whole lot more than you think goes into the simple act of making yourself in a video game or web app. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I Function Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience” by Jacques Lacan * Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards* Impacts of the Avatar Dream by D. Fox Harrell* “Reimagining the Avatar Dream: Modeling Social Identity in Digital Media” by D. Fox Harrell and Chong-U Lim* “The darker the skin, the harder the game: How South Park pretended to care about race” by Jeremy Winslow







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme* Check out Dawn’s Art: http://dawngriffinstudios.com* Check out Byron’s Comic: http://1977thecomic.com* Listen to Dawn & Byron’s podcast: http://webcomicalliance.com* Get Dawn’s newest book: https://www.idafindshervoice.com* Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick* Follow Katya on Instagram: @justthatnerdkid * Follow Wayne on Instagram: @tetroc2017* Follow Mav’s Personal Blog: a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://chrismaverick.

    e112. Social Media and Free Speech

    e112. Social Media and Free Speech

    If you’re unlucky enough to live on the planet Earth, you probably know that it’s not doing terribly well lately. We’ve had a global pandemic sweeping through every corner of the globe that has largely shut business and commerce to a halt, tanking the economy. And if you live in America, and the people dying from COVID-19 weren’t bad enough (and it is), we’ve also had the latest in a string of perpetual killings of unarmed black men by police. This sparked off a series of protests in our country, some of which have turned to riots. Somehow, in the midst of this, reality TV star Donald Trump — who for reasons that don’t really make a lot of sense, somehow continues to president of this country —has decided to use his presidential powers to go to war with social media giant Twitter (and by extension all other social media companies) because they hurt his feelings by fact checking a few of his non-factual tweets. On this week’s episode, Hannah, Katya and Mav welcome returning guest attorney Josh Stroud to talk us through exactly what Trump’s new executive order does, why it’s a big deal and explain exactly how free speech works on the Internet in America in the first place. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* “READ: Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies” by CNN* “Trump’s social media executive order: Is the Tweeter-in-Chief trying to shut himself up?” by Kathy Kiely and Lyrissa Lidsky* “About public-interest exceptions on Twitter” by Twitter* “BREAKING: Ted Cruz sends letter to AG Barr, Secretary Mnuchin calling for criminal investigation into Twitter” by The Right Scoop* “Trump’s Order Targeting Social Media Sites, Explained” by Charlie Savage* “Twitter Adds Warnings to Trump and White House Tweets, Fueling Tensions” by Davey Alba, Kate Conger and Raymond Zhong* The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere by Jürgen Habermas* “You cannot keep from getting swept up in Trump’s agenda without a firm grasp on your own” by Press Think* First Amendment  to th...

    e111. STILL Not Over It!

    e111. STILL Not Over It!

    Some things are hard to get over. Your first love. The death of a beloved pet. That time your team lost the Super Bowl. And… apparently that season finale of Game of Thrones last year. We probably can’t help you with those first three, but the last one is kind of our thing here. Why do we have so much trouble getting over important moments in our media. They’re not all bad. Sometimes it’s also a good thing. On today’s show, Mav, Hannah and Wayne are joined by returning guest Josh Stroud to talk about the moments in media and literature that have stuck with us and affected us long after they were over. What are they and why does it happen?







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* “Disappointing Fans: Fandom, Fictional Theory, and the Death of the Author” by Lesley Goodman* Our Game of Thrones Finale episode* Mav on The Protagonist Podcast‘s I Kill Giants episode* Hannah on The Protagonist Podcast‘s Jane the Virgin episode







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme* Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannahleerogers* Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick* Follow Wayne on Instagram: @tetroc2017* Follow Mav’s Personal Blog: http://chrismaverick.com* Follow Wayne’s Personal Blog: http://wayne-wise.com * Follow us on Twitter: @voxpopcast* Follow us on Instagram: @voxpopcast* Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/voxpopcast* Make sure you subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever podcasts are found and please leave us a review!







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johnmeier1 ,

Funny and smart

Do you want to be educated? Do you have a sense of humor? This podcast has BOTH!

studentofhumanity ,

Great show!

I agree with all the other comments: this podcast is entertaining and informative! It's like listening to your very smart, very articulate friends discuss a variety of things they know a lot about, but have different perspectives on and aren't afraid to disagree. That's where things get especially interesting ;).

Enyar#1 ,

5 Star Episode!

Great discussion of a serious topic, between friends with obvious similarities and some differences. It felt like a dinner table conversation with beer and pizza (except Mav - milk allergy). Made me want to join in.

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