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Christopher R. Smit, Ph.D.
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Christopher Smit, PhD, is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His newest book is Michael Jackson: Chasing the Spectacle. He is also the author of The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption" (Intellect, 2011). His work on disability, aesthetics, culture, and popular music can be found in a variety of texts and journals. He is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and musician who currently fronts the band The New Midwest. For more on his work, to read his blog, visit

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Stuttering Article Becomes Springboard for More Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:03 PM

As of now, a week after the original article was published, there are about 793 comments from readers. And while some of the comments are sympathetic, most are furious. The article was on the front page of the New York Times, chronicling the story of a young man...

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R.I.P. REM: What We Really Lose

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 12:10 PM

In his book on Bruce Springsteen, historian Jim Cullen argued that the New Jersey-born rocker epitomizes the true Republican. He meant Republican, not in the politically charged manner that we talk about today, but in the Jeffersonian tradition of voicing the hearts and dreams of a people. Cullen's...

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The Religious Ownership Of Britney Spears

(60) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 4:11 PM

MTV's recent homage to Britney Spears at the 2011 Video Music Awards was filled with awkward moments. From the producer's choice to have young girls dress up and dance like Britney's past music video performances, to the bizarre, symbolic "manhandling" of Britney by Lady Gaga in...

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