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Episode 40: A Christmas Carol

December 22nd, 2017

In the fortieth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard present a special episode for the 2017 holiday season by discussing the morality of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

In this episode, the co-hosts discussed how Dickens utilized a ghost story framework to relay a very relatable character in the form of Ebenezer Scrooge. Drawing on Marxism theory, they look at how the story presents the morality play to contradict the notion noblesse oblige and instead reify the need for true human compassion. A Christmas Carol serves as a foundational text for Western civilization, and even helped secure contemporary notions of what Christmas should be -- demonstrating just how powerful, and important, pop culture truly is.

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