From the Editor’s Desk

The forecast is 105 plus degrees in Paris today, and 112 in Las Vegas. Global warming and summer are here, and it’s time for the latest issue of Popular Culture Review. While we won’t claim to cool you off, we will try to take your mind off the heat.

This issue is rich with diversity. In “Dating in the Digital Age: A Research Experiment,” Marci Mazzarotto explores some of the ways in which human relationships and communication are impacted by technology, with emphasis on the popular culture phenomenon of app-based dating. In turn, Keith Moser asks “Has True Romance Disappeared in Consumer Society?” in his Morinian and Baudrillarian reflections on the “acute crisis of simulation.”

Debra Jenson moves us inside Comic Con, focusing on the participation of marginalized groups and what impact they can have in “Space at the Con: Conversations About Representations in Popular Culture at Comic Conventions.”  Alana Seaman focuses on the often poor understanding of authors who are the subjects of literary tourism in “What’s lit got to do with it? Deconstructing the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.” Colby Miyose’s analysis of the Disney film Moana focuses on “the connection between nature and culture, and the possible consequences of severing this relationship.”

In “I am Trying Hard to Follow the Sound: Meditations on Accepting Typhoon’s Offerings,” H. Peter Steeves proclaims the work a masterpiece and traces the conceptual themes at work in the music and lyrics. In fiction, popular song lyrics are reference points for protagonist Gogol’s conflicted identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake, as Steven Hamelman explains in “Side 3, Side 2: The Beatles in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.”

Chillingly, we move to Richard Logsdon’s analysis of Matthieu Missoffe’s Black Spot, a European made for TV drama “offering a contemporary version of Dante’s hell and a microcosmic, Gothicized caricature of contemporary Western Society.”

Finally, William and Patricia Kirtley tackle The National Inquirer in “Fake News and Failed Friendships: An Analysis of Trump, Pecker, and The National Inquirer,” including its development, analysis of readers, treatment of Trump and assorted campaign violations which is in its own way chilling.

We also showcase a range of new scholarly publications in our expanding Reviews section in the latter section of the journal – check out the hottest new research in popular culture!

Remember that the 32nd Annual Conference of the Far West Popular and American Culture Associations is February 21 – 23, 2020 at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. See our website at


Felicia Campbell


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