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 most 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 has been both subject to criticism and, more importantly, open to interpretation.

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

About Myles McNutt

Myles McNutt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is originally from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, and earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at Acadia University before completing his P.h.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.

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 PhD dissertation was titled “Location, Relocation, Dislocation: Television’s Spatial Capital,” 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 reviews Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and Shameless. He also served 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.

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