Saving Criticism from the Corporate Marketing Machine

Cultural criticism has always been an essential part of our media ecosystem, especially when it comes to geek culture. And on the surface, it’s thriving. Every blog, every YouTube video essay channel, every op-ed page of every major publication pontificates on very important questions like “Is Wonder Woman a feminist icon?” “Did Thor fat-shame me?” and “Is Super Mario a queer ally?” But is any of this really meaningful, or is it just another part of the big corporate content marketing machine? In this episode, we’re talking to Kurt Schiller, editor of Blood Knife, on how we can—and must—create media analysis that goes sharper and deeper.

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