What’s In My Bag?

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

I have long made snarky and mocking comments about US Weekly’s attempts to normalize celebrities through its series of features that suggest stars are just like the rest of us while simultaneously promoting products.  Recently though, it occurred to me that I may not have taken the difficulties that such articles pose for the unsung heroes of the magazine to write.  So, in the finest tradition of experiential learning, I have decided to create my own “What’s in My Bag” article to see just what creating such a feature is like.  
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Inhuman Conditions

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

The Inhumans are not going to happen.  Oh, there will be a series called Inhumans and it will presumably air on Friday nights on ABC.  It’s just not going to “happen” in the more contemporary, “stop trying to make fetch happen” Mean Girls sense of the term.  And the reason for that is fairly simple.  The Inhumans never have really managed to happen.   Read More


Nerd Factor: King Kong vs Godzilla

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

The rematch is on. After a miraculous movie deal, Godzilla and King Kong will square off on the big screen in 2020.

Many fans of giant monsters are buzzing with excitement over the possibility of this title bout. I’m not as excited as I could be. Recently I got around to watching “Kong: Skull Island” (2017), and I think our gorilla friend is in trouble.   Read More




Nerd Factor: Heroes’ Resurgence

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

In popular culture, our heroes often grant us a license to do things in real life that we otherwise could not or should not do.

Back in 1941,  there was perhaps no greater act of wish fulfilment than the cover of “Captain America” #1. On it, the brand new, red, white and blue superhero pops Adolf Read More