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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! A pseudo-academic pop culture analysis roundtable... with drinking and swearing.



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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! A pseudo-academic pop culture analysis roundtable... with drinking and swearing.



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

    e97. Fictional & Celebrity Crushes

    e97. Fictional & Celebrity Crushes

    Happy (Belated) Valentines Day! You know what that means? It means time to do a “very special episode” where we somehow try to tie in the holiday concept to the kinds of stuff we normally do. Academic cultural analysis of popular culture… but with beer! Last year we talked about the “shipping” and the secret sexual encounters fictional characters had with each other. This year we thought we’d look at a different phenomenon. Why do we have crushes on fictional characters? And not just fictional characters… we also have crushes on celebrities. What do fictional crushes say about us when have them? Why do we sometimes fall in love with fictional characters or celebrities that we will never meet easier than we do with people in real life? How do they help us develop our own identities and sexualities and relate to others? How much do we even want these fantasies to be reality? Wayne and Mav are joined by returning guests Anna Peppard and Brooklin Mincone to work through their own childhood (and current) crushes and what they mean. Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* Stars by Richard Dyer* Last Night, a Superhero Saved My Life by various authors* Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Letham* This Creature Fair by Wayne Wise







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme* Anna Peppard is a co-host of Three Panel Contrast* Follow Brooklin on Instagram: @pittsburghshenanigans* 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!

    e96. Mask Theory

    e96. Mask Theory

    In the 21st century, when we think of masks, we think of superheroes. But the idea of superheroes as a concept is only about a century old. Masks have been around forever. They have a long history in theatre, professional wrestling and costume balls. Beyond that they have a cultural tradition that dates back to ancient times for ceremonial, ritual, religious and professional purposes. Finally, we arguably all wear masks in our every day lives, even when we aren’t thinking about it. Masks are… complicated. On this episode, Wayne and Mav welcome returning guests Stephanie Siler, Meron Langsner and AJ Ortega to discuss not only the history of masks, but also their cultural significance, psychology, and the ways in which they interact with costumes to define personality and performance both real and fictional. This was one of the very first ideas we had for this show, and now… 96 episodes in… we’re finally doing it. So, we definitely want to know your thoughts.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* The Superhero Costume by Barbara Brownie & Danny Graydon* “The Labyrinth of Solitude” by Octavio Paz* When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase* “An old task in new clothes: A preregistered direct replication attempt of enclothed cognition effects on Stroop performance” by Burns, Fox, et al.* “Why We Feel Confident Wearing Masks/Hiding Ourselves” by Autumn Asphodel* “Mask Theory” by the Janus Project* “An empirical and theoretical investigation into the psychological effects of wearing a mask” by Mick Cooper* “The Power of the Mask: How a Costume Can Make Anyone a Superhero“* “The Truth About Nameless: Why Do Superheroes Wear Masks? And Why They Don’t Care About Fame…” by Nameless* a href="https://amzn.to/2SftX1j" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" a...

    e95. The Good Place and Philosophy

    e95. The Good Place and Philosophy

    Welcome! Everything is fine. Well, almost everything is fine. Except The Good Place is no more. This week was the season finale of one of the most unique shows ever — a broadcast sitcom based on deconstructing moral philosophy in the afterlife. If you’ve listened to our show before you know that we’re big fans of the show… some of us slightly more than others. Well, since the show is now over, it seems like now would be a good time to really deep dive into it. Hannah, Wayne and Mav are joined by returning guests Marcel Walker and Joe and John Darowski, too talk about the philosophy of The Good Place and how it breaks down against the academic study of philosophy as well as discuss what they loved about the series finale and the show as a whole… AND, in the most honest moment in the history of the show, we learn about the 100 monkey effect. Join us and then let us know what you think.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* “The Other Secret Twist: On the Political Philosophy of The Good Place” by Robin James* Kelly M Hayes’ argument for the Good Place as abolitionist allegory on Twitter* “‘The Good Place’ Boss on Reaching the Titular Location, Finding It’s a ‘Bummer’” by Danielle Turchiano* The Good Place: The Podcast* What We Owe to Each Other by T. M. Scanlon* “Putting Cruelty First” by Judith N. Shklar* “Philosophy in Austen’s Pump Room: How Enlightened Tolerance Became Disgust” by Hannah Lee Rogers* “Schmoopy” defined on Urban Dictionary* Wikipedia page on the “Hundredth Monkey Effect”







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    • 1 hr 4 min
    e94. Why Do Award Shows Suck?

    e94. Why Do Award Shows Suck?

    After being disappointed by last year’s Oscars, Hannah swore that we would never do another show about them. But then she started thinking about it and wanted to take a different approach. It seems like every year during Oscar season, from the announcements all the way through the picks, more people are upset than happy. We get upset when the movies we like aren’t represented enough (or at all). We get upset when the wrong people win. We complain that there isn’t enough representation or that so many things are snubbed. Yes, we all know about #OscarsSoWhite. We all know about the bias against female directors. But why does that happen? And it’s not just the Oscars. The same thing happens with all of the movie awards, as well as the ones for TV, books, plays, music and everything else. Why is there so much bias in the Oscars? Why don’t our favorites win? And why do we care so much what a bunch of old, rich, white men think anyway? Hannah and Mav are joined by a returning AJ Ortega to debate the culture and relevance of the Oscars, other award shows, and the validity of even having such competitions in the first place.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* “I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain.” by Martin Scorsese* “On Building a #ShakeRace “Canon” by Brandy C. Williams* “Recognizing the Enduring Whiteness of Jane Austen” by Marcos Gonsalez* Mav discussing Harriet on Church of the Geek* Stephen King’s tweet on diversity and followup* Marcos Gonsalez’s response to King* “Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Oscar Snub Speaks to Our Inability to See Women as Auteurs” by Anna Menta* “Cynthia Erivo is the only black Oscar nominee and fans react” by Novieku-Babatunde Adeola * “a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    e93. Golden Age of Comics

    e93. Golden Age of Comics

    If you’re at least a casual comic book fan you probably know the terms Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age and Modern Age. If you’re a massive comic geek, you probably even know when those ages are. But why do they exist? What’s the relevance of splitting things up like that? What the cultural relevance of the specific ages as well? Somehow, studying comics is a full time job that you can actually get a phd in and teach in comics… but why? Why does anyone care about this nonsense? Mav and Wayne are joined by fellow comic scholars John Darowski and Anna Peppard to talk about the history of the Golden Age of Comics. What was it, and why was it important? And was it actually any good? Join us and let us know if you agree.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* The Digital Comics Museum* All in Color for a Dime by various authors* Jump for Joy: Jazz, Basketball, and Black Culture in 1930s America by Gena Caponi-Tabery* Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster–the Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca* Heritage Minutes: Superman* EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest by Qiana Whitted * The Americans: The National Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme* John Darowski is a frequent guest on The Protagonist Podcast* Anna Peppard is a co-host of Three Panel Contrast* 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: @a rel="noreferre...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    e92: 2010s Decade in Review

    e92: 2010s Decade in Review

    Somehow it’s 2020. I don’t get how that happened. 2020 isn’t a year… 2020 is what you make up if you’re setting some science fiction story in the future and you’re too lazy to pick an interesting sound year like 2027 or something. But somehow it actually is 2020, which means the start of a new decade. And that also means it’s time to look back at the decade that was. There were a lot of changes in pop culture in the 2010s. And they’re not just the obvious ones. Sure, we had a lot of big movie franchises and tv shows come and go. We had new bands premiere and blow up. We had some great books and tv shows. But that’s not what we want to talk about. We want to talk about cultural change. What have been the massive shifts in the culture of the last decade that CAUSE the things that are popular to become popular. Mav, Hannah, Wayne and Katya get together for one last New Years show and talk it out and run over some of the biggest changes in the last ten years. We’re going to get back to regular shows next week! We promise! In the mean time, give this a listen and let us know what you think.







    Citations and Links:







    * This episode’s Call for Comments* To help with the current brush fire crisis, please consider donating to the Australian Red Cross* “Gaming worth more than video and music combined” by BBC News* “Cozy Games” by Daniel Cook* “Surprise! AMC Shows Movie Theaters Can Make Money From Subscriptions” by Billy Duberstein







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme* Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannahleerogers* Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick* Follow Katya on Instagram: @justthatnerdkid * 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.

    • 1 hr 26 min

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