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Category Archives: American Television


Highbrow vs Lowbrow: Nicholas J Johnson defends Lowbrow TV

I can’t stop looking at Eddie McGuire’s smug, stupid face. It’s not my fault. It’s just I’ve never been this close to the man before, and it’s not until now that I’ve realised how oddly smooth and tanned his skin is. As if someone has stretched the orange bladder from a football over a slab of marble. Read more »

KYD No. 13 Teaser: ‘Another World is Possible: Game of Thrones and the Politics of Imagination’

For the final KYD No. 13 teaser, Brad Nguyen looks at how history and the politics of imagination are presented in our favourite HBO fantasy show. Want to read the rest? Of course you do! KYD Issue 13 will be available for purchase on 9th April. In … Read more »

Facing the phenomenon: Bitchface/Smugface

Image Credit: kris atomic   ‘A bitchface is a way to express your passive aggression,’ announced 16-year-old online wunderkind Tavi Gevinson to Jimmy Fallon. A recent guest on Fallon’s late night talk show to promote the release of ‘Rookie Year One’ – an exciting text appropriation of … Read more »

Three’s a crowd(pleaser) – five famous love triangles

In our list series, ‘Gang of Five’, we make a list of five things related to … whatever we like. Here’s KYD Online Assistant, Stephanie Van Schilt, with five famous love triangles. At a bar recently, I happened upon three of my favourite songs in one evening: … Read more »

Sick sad world: feminism and literature in Daria

Daria Morgendorffer, it’s time to stand up and be counted. Often topping lists compiled on the best examples of strong women in pop culture, cartoon hero Daria is strong, smart and sarcastic. She rejects the notion held by most of the women of Lawndale that a girl’s … Read more »

Sick sad world: feminism and literature in Daria

Daria Morgendorffer, it’s time to stand up and be counted. Often topping lists compiled on the best examples of strong women in pop culture, cartoon hero Daria is strong, smart and sarcastic. She rejects the notion held by most of the women of Lawndale that a girl’s … Read more »

Commercially Viable: the future of broadcast television

In Issue Six of Kill Your Darlings, Laurie Steed described the strange fate of NBC‘s ‘Chuck’. Here, Laurie examines further television’s Faustian pact with advertising. I have an agreement with television: it can sell me stuff as long as I can watch entertaining, innovative programming. To reiterate, … Read more »