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  2. As someone immersed in drag culture, a drag artist myself and a transgender person, I have a complicated relationship with RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since the show’s inception, viewers have been critical of transphobic aspects of the show such as RuPaul’s use of the slur “tranny,” the slogan “You’ve Got She-Mail” and mini challenges that similarly focus on disparaging trans women. Given the history of drag stemming from ball culture which was founded in large part by trans women of color, these transgressions are especially ironic and harmful. However, the context of RPDR also deserves specific attention in the show’s analysis since it comes at the rise of the convergence era, mainstreaming of gayness and increased demands for representation. Within the conservative and risk adverse media landscape, RPDR is finally able to economically justify active inclusion of trans contestants, rather than reacting in post haste to frame trans coming out narratives as “edgy” and inclusive.

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  3. Hello, everyone! My capstone centers on a term I created called Alternative Casting, with my case studies being PEN15 and Big Mouth. I was intrigued by the casting and characters of both shows, how they had adults playing middle schoolers, and how in Big Mouth, puberty was animated into corporeal beings such as the Hormone Monster or Shame Wizard. It got me thinking about why these two shows were successful and touched on similar subjects and stories compared to other teen television. After a few months of working on my capstone, I realized that what set these two shows apart from other teen television was their casting choices and how that influenced the narrative in both shows. In this video essay, I deep dive into how the stories and subject matter that both Big Mouth and PEN15 touch upon are not all that different from other teen television. Instead, it's the casting of its characters that set Big Mouth and PEN15 apart, which has led people to deem them as 'quality' or 'smart' television. I specifically look at how Big Mouth uses puberty, emotions, and mental health to create and influence the characters. In PEN15, I look at how the narrative and storyline of two adult women playing their middle school selves changes. From there, I analyzed how this made both shows be considered 'quality' or 'smart' television.

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  4. Hello everybody, I’m DJ Smith and I am going to talk about my Video essay Discussion Changes Everything. it's about Black Representation on TV and the cultural specificity of the boondocks.

    Let's talk about my thesis, My thesis states:

    “The most groundbreaking and culturally specific representations of a group of people are not positive or negative because these are very broad, biased, and generalized opinions made from the status quo. But that culturally specific representation moves society forward rather than good or bad representation, which makes it intricate.”

    The Methods used involved hands-on research through footage selection and video editing. AKA video graphic criticism with an emphasis on the study of Television. This method leads to my video essay on The Boondocks, which is not only a video essay but an analysis of black representation on TV. The beautiful thing about making a video essay is that the experience is hands-on allowing you to discover more through the editing process.

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  5. For my (junior) thesis project, I chose to conduct a study on Native American representation throughout the three eras of television: the network, multichannel, and the streaming eras. The three shows I closely examine are the Lone Ranger, Family Guy, & Reservation Dogs. The reason why I chose to study this topic is first that I am part Native American, but also because of my concern with how indigenous people were portrayed all throughout cinema and television.
    The first research question I made was How are Native Americans represented in television? What signs of portrayal do we see? Secondly, When we move into contemporary tv (streaming), are we seeing a change in the way Indigenous people are represented on screen? My statement in this Native Americans has historically been represented as ‘bloodthirsty savages,’ stupid, drunks, inhumane. It also has been filled with numerous racist tropes. TV networks generally have failed to capture the full complexity of Native Americans and their culture. When we move into a more contemporary television, it’s become a space where Native American people can have their voices heard, provide their background, and produce content that is their own.
    Outside of using the video graphics criticism approach through its use of techniques and editing styles featured throughout the fifteen minutes, I also relied on scholars like Julia Boyd, Peter Rollins, Kristen Warner, & Silas Kaine Ezell. The reason why I chose a video essay on Adobe Premier over a traditional paper mainly was because of the opportunity to communicate with the audience through the use of moving images and repetition. Having the opportunity to construct this video essay was a long process; it was fun and full of information. I hope you enjoy the fifteen-minute video essay.

    Jake Bushman ‘23

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