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Episode 15: From the WWF to the WWE

September 22nd, 2015

In the fifteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard welcome friend of the podcast Joe Belfeuil to discuss the largest professional wrestling company in the world, World Wrestling Entertainment, at the time when it ruled the 1980s as the World Wrestling Federation.

Both Christopher and Joe grew up with the WWF, but CarrieLynn is a newcomer to sports entertainment and knows more about the WWE. Together, they discuss what the WWF was like, including the ways in which it was rather problematic in its depiction of people outside of the United States, women, people of color, and non-heterosexuals. They also discuss how professional wrestling, especially as epitomized by the WWF/WWE, represents convergent culture and the creation of a simulation of reality or hyperreality. They also touch on the problems the WWE still faces, how the company perhaps creates these problems, and what could be done to fix the problems -- basically, they smark out as any good professional wrestling fan should!

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website