Contested Development

This blog arrives in response to fellow gnoviser Colleen Valentine’s insightful post about the relationship between Western culture and female reproductive rights. At the end of her…


When Rich Meets Reality – Depicting the Benefaction of the Wealthy

In such a hyper-mediated society, it’s only fitting that watching television is one of America’s favorite and most time-consuming activities. The middle-class American family is a historic character of the small screen, immortalized in such classics as All in the Family and The Simpsons – reassuring the most robust, yet simultaneously fragile social class during bouts of racial strife and economic turmoil.  Yet, as wealth disparities grow and the middle class suffers, television offers a new type of reassurance – one that proclaims that rich people are just like us.