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On his or her way out of office, a UK Prime Minister will often send a small group of allies to the House of Lords. On his way out of office, a US President will let a bigger group out of jail! The ability to issue a pardon for a federal crime is one of […]
Two Cheers for American Democracy
The recent scenes of mob rule in Washington DC have sent shockwaves around the globe, and have been met by statements of disbelief and disapproval from world leaders. The condemnation of the insurrectionists by leading Republicans, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence, and the subsequent congressional confirmation of Joe Biden’s […]
Covid-19: Hollywood’s Next 9/11?
Media scholarship, cultural commentary and movie reviews regularly reflect on production contexts and their impact on possible readings of the films and shows we watch. Both 9/11 and the Covid-19 epidemic have been described by as ‘America under attack.’ President Trump has stated that the epidemic is a ‘worse attack’ on the US than both […]