About Cultural Learnings

Cultural Learnings, started in January 2007 by Myles McNutt, is a television blog with a focus on critical reviews and analysis of a wide range of television series. The goal is not to recap the events of the latest episode, but rather to place it within the context of the series, the season, its genre, and—on some occasions—the field of media and cultural studies. While a fairly academic and analytical approach is generally employed, the subjects themselves are extremely diverse: from network to cable, Glee to Mad Men, science fiction to comedy, everything is both subject to criticism and, more importantly, open to interpretation.

If you want to contact Cultural Learnings in regards to promotional materials, screeners, writing opportunities, questions or general inquiries, you can contact Myles at cultural.learnings @ gmail.com.

About Myles McNutt

Myles McNutt is a graduate student from Nova Scotia, Canada, currently working towards his PhD in Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is a PhD candidate. He has served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Public Speaking (2010-11), and as a teaching assistant and lecturer for Introduction to Television (2011-13). You can find his Tumblr posts regarding Introduction to Television here.

He completed his undergraduate honours thesis on the genesis of medieval romance within the 2004 re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica (available to read here) in 2008, and in 2010 finished his Master’s thesis on Canadian identity within small town literature and television, including sitcoms Corner Gas and Little Mosque on the Prairie (available to read here).

His in-progress PhD dissertation is titled “Location, Relocation, Dislocation: The Cultural Geography of Production and Television Textuality,” and focuses on how shifts in the map of television production intersect with shifts in textuality to reshape how space and place are represented and mediated through television programming. His other research interests include, but are not limited to: twenty-first century television criticism, the Emmy Awards and entertainment awards in general, the relationship between showrunners and social media, and transmedia campaigns as legitimating discourses.

Myles is currently a contributor at The A.V. Club, where he currently reviews Elementary and Awkward., and has previously reviewed The Office, Weeds, and Scrubs, in addition to dropping in on a number of other series sporadically. He is also a contributing editor and administrator for Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture, a media and cultural studies blog run out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Myles has also been a regular guest on two podcasts. His contributions to The /Filmcast have included a season-by-season discussion of The Wire, an analysis of Battlestar Galactica’s series finale, and a discussion of the series finale of Lost. He has also guested on Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan, discussing the practice of hatewatching, the Veronica Mars kickstarter, the end of Weeds, Game of Thrones, and other premium cable series.

You can contact Myles via his Twitter feed, his Facebook page, or through the email address above.