What Memes Mean: Star Wars vs. Star Trek vs. Twilight

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.George Takei (best known as Sulu of the original Star Trek series) has issued a statement to the warring tribes of Trekkies and Star Wars nerds. (The clip should undoubtedly have a PG rating, so FYI if you want to watch.) In this newly viral video, he calls for a cease-fire, saying “each [series] is wonderful in its own special way.” Takei hopes to brok … [Read more...]

The Vampire Defanged: An Interview with Susannah Clements

Carissa Smith recently conducted an email interview with Susannah Clements (Associate Professor of English, Regent University), author of The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero (Brazos Press, which kindly sent us a review copy). The book traces the vampire's evolution in pop culture, from its Christian roots in Bram Stoker's Dracula, through its postmodern iteration in Buffy, and finally to the sparkly undead of Twilight. Carissa: What, beyond the … [Read more...]