Media & Culture Blog


Students in the Writing Cultural Criticism for the Media course put together a collection of their writing from throughout the term and created a blog space to share with the public.

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Spencer Kahler

“There is a softer side to writing cultural criticism that frequently goes unacknowledged. In an effort to prove that critics are not all soul-less leeches, I have compiled a number of principles that guide me when I write criticism. Consider this my manifesto as a critic.”

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Carson Welychka

“I don’t know whether to be proud of my extensive musical knowledge that dates back several decades, or embarrassed at how loudly I belted out every tune as if Bryan Adams were actually Justin Bieber (or whoever the kids listen to nowadays)…My one true love is live music, and everything about a concert atmosphere appeals to me: the fans, the production value, the blinding lights, and overpriced beverage options. But my favourite part?”

Bryan Adams 1983   (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)

Shannon Fenech

“Throughout my four years as a Film Studies major, it’s safe to say that I’ve come to watch movies a little differently. The practice of film viewing itself is incredibly straightforward and heavily standardized; sit in front of a screen, press play, and watch for the duration of that particular film. Since this is a routinely process that I have followed in the majority of my classes over the years, watching films in my spare time has become increasingly more difficult.”