Tag: film studies

Close Readings: A Scene From Dollhouse

While it ran only two seasons totalling 26 episodes, Dollhouse (2009-10) marked the beginning of a sea change in narrative modalities which, while familiar from some new streaming series now, were too ahead of their time for the series’ ultimate survival in its historical moment.

Not every series has a lynchpin moment, one you can point back to and say, “this is where the s**t started spiralling out of control towards the narrative outcomes of the series finale,” but Dollhouse sure did, and in retrospect, the scene I analyze here below, was it.

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Screen Hygiene, Or the Problem with Divided Attentions

Multiple Screens

A staggering percentage of us now conduct our screen media consumption in multi-screen environments, where it’s not uncommon to watch film or television on one screen with another simultaneously illuminated on our laptop, with even a third one active every time the smartphone beckons with a new notification.

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