‘Watchmen,’ the 1980s comic, has been adapted into a television series on HBO and a film. Which one is better? Brian Brutlag, from the Sociologist’s Dojo, joins our debate and explains how the comic has shaped the imagery and storylines of those that followed. We also discuss how capitalism recycles profitable plotlines and characters and how that cycle influences audiences’ interest. Tune in here and be sure to follow the Sociologist’s Dojo!
Pop culture, Watchmen, Capitalism, Superheroes, Anti-Heroes
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- Watchmen the Comic Book
- Watchmen movie official trailer
- Watchmen TV Show (HBO) official tease
- Ready Player One (novel)
- Before Watchmen comic book series
- Doomsday Clock the comic book limited series
- The History Of Silver Age Comic Books
- What’s The Deal With Comic Book Age Ratings?
- Kick-Ass, the comic book series
- The Boys season 1 trailer
- HBO’s “Watchmen” is great. Its comic creator Alan Moore wants nothing to do with it
- Biden White House Sandbags Staffers, Sidelines Dozens for Pot Use
- Joe Biden trips three times while boarding Air Force One
Violence against women in sports is a common topic in the news nowadays, with allegations of abuse and misconduct coming to light. Criminal and deviant behaviors in sports, from basketball to the NFL, happens more often than you think but what are the consequences of such behaviors? How do the institutions and actors involved respond to allegations? Do allegations of violence against women impact the career trajectory of professional athletes at all? (spoiler: nope). Join us and our guest, Daniel Sailofsky, as we discuss sports and violence, and you can fill your Social Breakdown bingo card slot marked “Capitalism”!
Sports, violence, capitalism, masculinity, celebrity status
Check out Daniel’s work!
- Follow Daniel on twitter!
- Daniel’s co-authored article: “It Will Ruin His Career”: Does Violence Against Women Really Damage the Careers of NBA Players?
- Everything You Need To Know About the Ray Rice Case
- Moneyball trailer
- MLB pitcher Sam Dyson suspended entire 2021 season for domestic violence
- MLB, MLBPA reveal domestic violence policy
- National Football League player conduct policy
- Joint NBA/NBPA policy on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse
- Visuals sealed Adrian Peterson’s fate
- Revisiting Ben Roethlisberger’s Sexual Assault Allegations in the #MeToo Era
- The Last Dance | Netflix
- Friday Night Lights trailer
- Pause, rewind, play: The most epic outbursts of ‘Superbrat’ John McEnroe’s career
- O.J. Simpson trial
- Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women by Benedict
- Michael Messner’s articles related to sociology of sports and masculinity
- The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics, and the Culture of Sport by Burstyn
- Kristy McCray’s profile and publications
- Nicole Bedera’s twitter
- Free With Your Covid Shot: Beer, Arcade Tokens and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Is the COVID-19 pandemic the death of tourism? Is the Venetian in Vegas authentic? We have a guest episode for you today with Marta Soligo, who will take us on a tour of the sociology of tourism, the creation of culture, celebrity deaths, dark tourism, and much more. Even though tourism may be for leisure and relaxation, it remains one of the largest money making industry for many economies and cultures that have had to turn to commercialization to survive. COVID-19 brings interesting implications with the sudden immobilization of people, but what does the future hold? Join us to learn more!
Tourism, death tourism, celebrity deaths, culture
We’re back with a fun breakaway episode talking about monster artists and girl power! In light of recent revelations about Joss Whedon, we breakdown classic feminist girl power TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Is it really about female empowerment? Or is it just a masculinized vision of femininity? Join us to learn more as we rethink our favorite girl power heroines.
Girl power, feminism, popular culture, monster artists
- Joss Whedon’s ‘feminist’ shows all concealed toxic ideas about women
We’re flashbacking to everyone’s favorite year – 2020! The three of us get together to reflect on 2020 and the pandemic, how that affected us, and discuss how we think that’ll affect society moving forward. The pandemic that froze the world is one to remember, but how will it actually impact socialization, restaurant-going, movie-watching, and all that social stuff? We take a personal dive into 2020, so join us for the ride!
2020, COVID-19 pandemic
What is art? What is the value of fine art? What is art? What is the value of fine art? In this week’s episode, Anina Englehardt joins us to explore how sociology understands the world of contemporary fine art, from its hierarchical and exclusive nature to the meaning-making process of art. When judging and valuing art, what is more important – the intention of the artist, the story behind the art, or the whimsical, and sometimes random and irrelevant, interpretations of the everyday audience? We tour the world of fine art, its view of digital art, political art, and much more!
Contemporary art, fine art, political art
Guns are a hot button topic. They are imbued with politics, religion, masculinity, danger, safety, emotions, and more. Ellen was lucky enough to sit down with Dr. Benjamin Dowd-Arrow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Health at Florida State University, and talk about the role firearms play in American society today. A trained medical sociologist, Dr. Dowd-Arrow helps us break down why guns are seen as a public health concern, and explains how the values we attach to firearms have evolved over the past 50 years. Tune in here to learn more!
Firearms, guns, culture, America, public health
- Find Dr. Dowd-Arrow on Twitter here.
- Here is his Google Scholar listing.
- Wanna fall down the Wikipedia hole of NRA leader Wayne LaPierre?
- What effect did the Sandy Hook massacre have on the politics of guns? Check out this article from The Hill.
- Here’s an article from NPR about the current investigation by the Attorney General of New York into the operations of the NRA
- And here’s a Wikipedia hole for Florida NRA queen bee Marion Hammer.
- Ellen and Ben talked on Nov. 14, 2020, as the MAGA Millions March was occurring.
- An interesting article about the anti-vax movement in the U.S. from the New York Times.
- Here are Ben’s articles:
- Ellen mentioned “No Compromise,” a podcast from NPR about the new wing of “no compromise” gun rights activists.
- Ben mentioned that the Duke Center for Firearms Law is a good source for gun legislation.
- Ben recommended the following sources for those interested in learning more:
- Get a private jet membership from Costco!
Ahh, student loans… who doesn’t have ‘em nowadays? Today, we’re diving into the complex world of education-based debt with the help of our guest, Sam. How does student loan debt influence major life decisions, like starting a family or buying a house? What role does financial literacy play in all of this? And will president-elect Joe Biden really cancel student debt?! (Pretty please, Joe– we could all use a little help right now.) Sam is here to break it down for us using findings from her own qualitative research. Tune in here!
Student loans, academia, higher education, debt, financial literacy
- Follow Sam here on Twitter!
- Ellen mentioned the book Diploma Mills by AJ Angulo
- Wanna learn more about calls to cancel student loan debt? Check out this article from Inside Higher Education
- Here are some opinions about student loan forgiveness published in the New York Times.
- Sam recommended the following books and articles:
- Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom
- Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost by Caitlin Zaloom
- “Sick of our loans: Student borrowing and the mental health of young adults in the United States” by Katrina M. Walsemann, Gilbert C. Gee and Danielle Gentile. Social Science & Medicine (2015).
- “Student debt spans generations: Characteristics of parents who borrow to pay for their children’s college education.” by Katrina M. Walsemann and Jennifer A. Ailshire. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences. (2017).
- “Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be: The Relative Importance of Debt and SES for Mental Health Among Older Adults” by Patricia Drentea and John R. Reynolds. Journal of Aging and Health (2012).
- “Where Does Debt Fit in the Stress Process Model?” by Patricia Drentea and John R. Reynolds. Society and Mental Health. (2014).
- Sam also mentioned scholar Rachel Dwyer who has some great things to say about student loans. Here is one such article!
- “Predatory Inclusion and Education Debt: Rethinking the Racial Wealth Gap.” by Louise Seamster and Raphaël Charron-Chénier. Social Currents. (2017).
Me Before You? The Fault in Our Stars? Chicken Soup for the Soul? Popular culture representations of disability and the disabled community have shown us the dramatic sides of the disability status. How can we better understand disability? Guest star future-Dr. Hillary Steinberg joins us today to talk about the sociology of disability as well as her working in a children’s hospital. We outline the three conceptual models of disability, critique the popular culture and disability porn representations, and untangle labels such as ‘neurodivergent’ and ‘differently abled’. Join us to learn more about a field of sociology that isn’t often talked about!
Disability studies, popular culture, charity, sociology of disability
Follow our guest, Hillary Steinberg, and her work!
- American Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The three models of sociology of disability are medical, social, and crip politic.
- Feminist, Queer Crip by Alison Kafer
- The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability by Susan Wendell
- “Barriers to Cross-state Movement for Disabled People and Their Families: A Social Problem” by Brian R. Grossman
- “Becoming Disabled” by Rosemarie Garland-Thmson
- Chicken Soup for the Soul book series
- Disability and Society section of the American Sociological Association
- About the Institutional Review Board
- “People in Places” by Robert Zussman
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- ‘I’m not a thing to be pitied’: the disability backlash against Me Before You
- RJ Mitte of ‘Breaking Bad’ is Busting Stereotypes About Cerebral Palsy
- “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” TV show
- ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ Shows Getting Autism Right On TV Is Actually Pretty Simple
- Developmental Disabilities Heighten Risk of Covid Death (NYT)
- Dalton Stevens, graduate student at Syracuse University
- Jennifer Brooks, graduate student at Syracuse University
- Brittney Miles @ Twitter – Sociology of Black Girlhood
- The Private Worlds of Dying Children by Myra Bluebond-Langner
- Feminist disability scholar, Laura Mauldin
- “Race and Disability: From Analogy to Intersectionality” by Angela Frederick and Dara Shifrer
- “Life-Course Transitions Among Adolescents With and Without Disabilities: A Longitudinal Examination of Expectations and Outcomes” by Carrie Shandra
- “The First Sexual Experience Among Adolescent Girls With and Without Disabilities” by Shandra & Chowdhury
- “When Getting a Job Is Mission Impossible” (University of Toronto Magazine) featuring the works of David Pettinicchio and Michelle Lee Maroto
- “Barriers to Economic Security: Disability, Employment, and Asset Disparities in Canada”by Maroto and Pettinicchio
- “‘Like, Pissing Yourself Is Not a Particularly Attractive Quality, Let’s Be Honest’: Learning to Contain through Youth, Adulthood, Disability and Sexuality” by Kristy Liddiard
- The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies
- “Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize small amounts of heroin and other street drugs” (CNN)
The music industry is a fascinating setting to understand the power of pop culture AND political economy. (Yup, like that Karl Marx kinda of political economy!) So Dr. David Arditi joins us to explore how power and institutions influence the music we listen to, and the art that musicians create. We discuss self-censorship, Soundcloud, commercialization, Bhad Bhabie, and more! Tune in here, and go check out Dr. Arditi’s book ‘Getting Signed: Record Contracts, Musicians, and Power in Society’!
Popular culture, music industry, political economy, commercialization