About Me

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My name is Christopher J. Olson. I am a lifelong film nerd and pop culture junkie, and a graduate of the Master’s Program in Media and Cinema Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. In other words, I’ve pretty much devoted my life to consuming and studying film and pop culture. In lieu of developing an actual personality, I substitute quotes from The Simpsons and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Over the years, I have written movie reviews and other film-related articles for several different websites, including ClearanceBinReview.com, TheShiznit.co.uk, CHUD.com, and the sadly defunct Creature-Corner.com. In addition to watching movies, I read, write, play the occasional video game, and spend a ridiculous amount of time on the internet, all while trying to lead a somewhat active lifestyle.

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13 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Christopher,
    I am writing my thesis for my degree in NCAD, Dublin on the manly ideal and the films of Nicholas Winding Refn, I found your article about his work very insightful and as I read that I should contact you if I want to use your work for quotations. I would very much appreciate it if you would allow me to do so.
    yours sincerely,
    Ciaran Gallen

    1. You can certainly use it, and I’m flattered that you want to. Be aware that the version posted on my blog was based on an early version of my own thesis, which changed quite a bit by the time I turned in my final draft. Therefore, I’m sending along the link to the final draft of my thesis, and you can feel free to take a look at it and see if there is anything you’d want to use in that version. Ultimately, the choice is yours, and you may feel free to quote whichever one you want.


      I also emailed this information to you, but wanted to posted it here as well to make sure that you would get it in one form or another. In any event, good luck with your thesis! I know firsthand how tough it can be.

  2. Hi Christopher,
    I am writing a paper reviewing Pan’s Labyrinth and its connection to the Spanish Civil war for my politics class and would like your permission to cite your paper. You have loads of valuable information that directly address the topics of my review, and I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

  3. Hello Christopher, I am currently writting a paper on ‘Gender In Speculative Fiction’ as my Personal Interest Project for my year12 Society and Culture class. I would appreciate your permission to cite/quote your paper “A COMPUTER BOY OR A COMPUTER GIRL?: ADVENTURE TIME, BMO AND THE NETWORKED SELF” as it would be extremely helpful in my aim to define Adventure Time’s representation of gender as a fantasy work and the effect of its position in popular culture.

    1. Julia,

      You are welcome to cite this version of the blog post, but please be aware that a new version of this paper is going to be published in a forthcoming volume edited by myself and Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. As I said, however, you can feel free to cite this version of the paper, but I wanted you to be aware that a heavily edited and changed version is forthcoming.

  4. Hi Chris!
    I am writing a paper on child dissociation as a coping mechanism for trauma in literature- I would love to cite your paper “FAUNS, PHANTASMS AND PERSISTENT MEMORY: EXPLORING NATIONAL TRAUMA AT THE INTERSECTION OF FANTASY AND REALITY” with permission. Please let me know. Thanks!
    ~ Amanda (MA student)

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Yes, please feel free to cite the paper, but keep in mind that it was written for a Master’s class and therefore not the best piece of scholarship. Nonetheless, I hope you find it useful. Best of luck with your project!

  5. Hi Chris, I am an undgergrad Anthropology student in Bangladesh, and will soon start my thesis. I was wondering if you could help me out a bit. You see, I am doing my thesis on wrestling and specifically Kayfabe as it relates to Bangladesh. I had done a short research paper for a course that basically prepares us for the final thesis, and I have the option to expand that paper into a larger final thesis, which is what I’m planning to do. While looking at scholarship on wrestling studies i found my way to the pop culture lens podcast, and I see that you and your podcast partner deal with wrestling quite a bit. I will go through all the related episodes in the coming days. Basically I had interviewed a family of four, consisting of the parents and two sons, who all watch wrestling and wholeheartedly believe in kayfabe. It’s not exactly like in America or other Western countries where people suspend their disbelief for enjoyment. They believe that wrestling isn’t planned, and even try to rationalise some of the more supernatural elements such as characters like the Undertaker. Furthermore, they do not speak English well at all, and this colors their understanding of storylines too, as they often have to fill in the gaps. Essentially they are viewing their own personal storylines. It also affects how they view foreigners or specifically white people, as they WWE is their biggest source of understanding white culture. They will wonder why White people are so fickle that they turn heel or face so much, or why they are so disrespectful to their elders. Essentially, the wrestlers aren’t playing a character to them, they are those people. I was wondering if you could point me to the direction of some relevant material to better understand fan/fandom studies. Theories that i could utilize and such? I’m not very familiar with Media studies/ pop culture studies/ Fandom studies as of yet, and am trying to find articles, books etc that can help me with my thesis. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

  6. Greetings! I am currently writing a Paper on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher and how it relates to masculinity, I would love to cite your paper as a primary source if you have finished the document and you are so willing! Thank you for the spreading of knowledge!

    1. Hey Ross! Thanks for reaching out. Please feel free to cite my work. Here is the link to my completed thesis on masculinity in Refn’s films: https://via.library.depaul.edu/cmnt/25/

      I would also suggest checking out Justin Vicari’s book Nicolas Winding Refn and the Violence of Art, as that also deals with masculinity in Refn’s films.

      Best of luck on your paper!

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