I’d planned to do a post-Super Bowl post, commenting on the ads and broadcast of the game. But as a longtime Patriots fan, I found the results of the game too depressing and mystifying to dwell on. Plus the ads were quite underwhelming – my own favorite was the NFL’s ad about Chester Pitts, the oboe-playing lineman. So instead of anything of substance, let me just link to a nice profile of me that ran in Sunday’s Rutland Herald and Barre Times-Argus, two local Vermont papers. The author, Susan Youngwood, is a friend of the blog and a great journo-fan who was interested in finding an academic studying and teaching about popular culture. I also contributed a sidebar list of TV picks, which I’ll repost below the fold.
TV for TV snobs By JASON MITTELL
American television gets a bad rap for its lowbrow, hyper-commercial and formulaic tendencies. But the best of television is as artful, thought-provoking and entertaining as great film and literature. Here’s a list of some great TV programs from the past decade, most of which are easy to get on DVD or online, if not on your cable lineup:
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