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“She’s Dumb as Dirt”: Female Rivalry in MTV’s Laguna Beach

by Emily Kellogg

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County premiered on MTV on September 28, 2004, just three weeks after I started high school up the coast in Pebble Beach, California. 

Ostensibly, the reality docudrama was a coming-of-age story that followed the lives of Laguna Beach High School senior Lauren Conrad and her group of friends, including baby-faced heartthrob Stephen Colletti and his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Kristin Cavallari.


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“Isn’t Love a High for Everyone?”: An Interview with Suzannah Showler

by Rudrapriya Rathore

Suzannah Showler’s book on The Bachelor, Most Dramatic Ever, came out January 23, 2018, from ECW’s Pop Classics series. In it, she discusses certain themes wildly relevant to our times—including American optimism, marriage, sex, trauma narratives, and the high-resolution exposure of “real” feelings—all while carefully and hilariously analyzing this mainstay of reality television.


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May the Best Woman Win: On RuPaul’s Drag Race

by Hannah Leadley

Last month, iconic drag queen RuPaul was quoted in the Canadian House of Commons during the question period for Bill C66, legislation that would expunge the criminal records of those convicted for same-sex activity. Michelle Rempel, a Conservative MP, said, “… and because I’m not sure anyone has ever done this in the House of Commons before,


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Invisible Walls: The Mundanity and Metatext of Terrace House

by Pamela Dungao

Every time I tell someone about Terrace House, I am met with the same responses. They tell me they’re four episodes in and they can’t go on. They shy away from the show’s pacing (slow), the show’s tone (chill, boring), and its direction (aimless). Others tell me they’ve already seen it,