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Matt Jordan
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Matt Jordan is an associate professor of media studies at Penn State University, where he teaches and writes about how people talk about film, music, politics and popular culture to make sense of their lives. Along with numerous articles, he is the author of Le Jazz: Jazz and French Cultural Identity (University of Illinois Press, 2010)

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Richard Sherman, the NFL and a Glimpse Behind the Curtain

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Most of the time, we would rather avoid uncomfortable truths that are right in front of our eyes because they force us to reflect on the things we hold dear. Instead, we tend to shame those who would dare draw our attention to the truths hiding in plain sight. For...

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The Sound and Fury of the Right-Wing Echo Chamber (Ranting at an Empty Chair)

(8) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 11:25 AM

In many ways, the life of a college professor is small and personal. You teach individual students in face-to-face situations where you talk and they talk. Sometimes you feel like you're connecting; sometimes you feel like they're texting. Most of the time, it's somewhere in between. I teach a big...

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Filibuster Reform Goes to Washington

(5) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 2:12 PM

As the Senate considers filibuster reform in the coming weeks, politicians and pundits alike will be paying lip service to Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Since Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) won over audiences around the world with his heroic filibuster to save American democracy from the tyranny...

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Separate and Unequal: Changing Campus Culture Beyond Penn State

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Since the publication of the Freeh report on July 12th, there has been a lively and healthy discussion of the role that sports should play in university culture. Penn State's willingness to open itself to independent investigation is a monumental act of self-reflexivity that should serve as model...

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Don't Crawl to Potter This Christmas

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 3:50 PM

Every year, American television audiences are treated with what has become an evergreen holiday ritual: watching Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. It has long topped the charts of favorite Christmas movies because each time we see it, the better angels of our nature get their wings. Instead of the...

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Jerry Sandusky, the Underprivileged and Relying on the Kindness of Strangers

(17) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 1:14 PM

The public has reacted furiously to the indictment of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky for heinous sex crimes against children. That someone in a position of power took advantage of vulnerable kids has forced us as a culture to do some serious thinking about our leaders, our institutions and...

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