The Pop Culture Lens is a scholarly podcast hosted by myself and Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. In each episode, we seek to offer fresh perspectives on past media as we attempt to determine whether or not it holds any relevance to the contemporary sociocultural experience. We structure the podcast so the format loosely resembles an academic paper, but we present the information in a way that everyone can understand.
In this episode, we discuss CarrieLynn’s favorite television series of all time, The X-Files (1993-2002). We begin our discussion by talking about the rumors that the classic science fiction series might make its way back to the airwaves in the not-too-distant future, and we consider whether or not a revival would work within the context of our contemporary world. We conclude that it would (SPOILER!), primarily because of the recent increase in the sort of government mistrust and endorsement of conspiracy theories that was so central to the original series’ concept. From birthers to truthers, from anti-vaxxers to climate change deniers, a new version of The X-Files that takes these current social, cultural and political factors into account — while throwing in a healthy dose of the supernatural — could be a huge hit.
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We’re always looking for ideas for new episodes, and for guests who can come on and chat about the media with us. Therefore, if you have any ideas for future topics and/or guests, or would even like to talk about some aspect of popular culture with us, please let us know! Anyway, we hope you enjoy this episode of The Pop Culture Lens, and, as always, thanks for reading (or listening, in this case).