New post at my other blog: “On fielding a press inquiry about how pop culture depicts the oil industry”
English professors don’t often get press inquiries, but a writer for EnergyWire, an oil business-facing news service, contacted me last week to ask what I think of the video for Justin Bieber’s new song “Holy.”…
September 21, 2020 in Empire, music, pedagogy, politics, popular culture, postcolonialism, Reading
Tagged climate change, Justin Bieber, media, oil, pop music
frame from Avatar (2009)
I’m working on a research paper about pop culture representations of the oil industry; I’m especially interested in Canadian works, and in representations of the Alberta oil sands. I have found a few great leads so far: Corb Lund’s peak oil ballad “Gettin down on the mountain”; James Cameron’s film Avatar
If you know of pop culture texts, especially Canadian works, that refer to the oil industry – especially the oil sands – please leave a comment here (or e-mail me).
I’d be particularly grateful for references to pop music, theatre, TV, and science fiction works.
The research in progress is tentatively titled “Monster mines and pipelines: Frankenstein figures of fossil fuel technology,” and will be presented on March 4 at #AthaU’s inaugural Alberta Studies symposium, and again in June at Congress.