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Episode 29: Videodrome (1983)

October 16th, 2016

In the twenty-ninth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard welcome the Halloween season and friend of the podcast Salvatore DiSalvatore to discuss the body horror film from David Cronenberg, Videodrome (1983).

In this episode, the conversation considers how prescient and thus still relevant this thirty-three year-old film is. The trio considers how the film depicts common fears whenever a new communication technology is introduced as it draws on media theories and concepts in its horrific depiction of a man succumbing to the "new flesh." Concerns over misogyny and misandry, hyperreality and reality, and conservative versus progress ideologies inform this discussion as they consider how the film's message may be even more important for today's media saturated world.

Many thanks goes out to production assistant, Jean-Michel Berthiaume, for helping produce this episode.

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