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Consume This! Cultural Participation and Professional Wrestling

  In this month’s Consume This!, Gary Yeritsian gives us a thought-provoking and entertaining glimpse into the world of professional wrestling, suggesting how WWE’s use of social media for highly-scripted, sanctioned forms of audience participation nevertheless creates possibilities for contestation and disruption.  —Jennifer Smith Maguire (Section Chair) Cultural Participation From Above and Below: The Case […]

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Consume This! Cultural Intermediaries, Emotion, and the Craft Beverage Industry

In this month’s Consume This!, Erik Withers takes us along to a craft brewery tour, highlighting the role of cultural intermediaries as frontline storytellers in contemporary consumer settings, and the power of emotions, nostalgia and place in those stories.  —Jennifer Smith Maguire (Section Chair) Cultural Intermediaries, Emotion, and the Craft Beverage Industry: Reflections from the […]

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Consume This! BPS-Free plastic

In this month’s Consume This!, Norah MacKendrick reminds us of the stakes of the current administration’s cutbacks at the EPA, where regulatory control over toxic chemicals in the food supply are giving further way to industry interests.  A preview of her new book, Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics (University of California Press), MacKendrick outlines […]

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Consume This! Hop To It

Jennifer Jordan takes us through eight centuries of hops, those little cones that stabilize and flavor beer, in a methodologically reflective essay that considers how digital resources  are transforming archival sleuthing.  It’s a fascinating read, cheers! – Ashley Mears Consume This! Hop To It By Jennifer Jordan I have a stack of library books to […]

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