Prof. Steven Fielding Interview, Binge-Watching, Spider-Man, and Neo-Colonialism in Sci-Fi: The Popular Table – 15/02/2015

15th February 2015

Hello and welcome to URN’s top pop blogcast!

On this week’s Popular Table, Ibi, David, Mike, and Emma discuss interesting pop culture news they’ve encountered this week. Ibi and David then interview Professor Steven Fielding of the School of Politics and International Relations about his book ‘A State of Play’, his lecture on the same subject, the impact of social media on representative politics, and the growing apathy of younger generations to politics.

In part two, our intrepid broadcasters examine binge-watch culture, and if a recent study out of the University of Texas on the subject holds any real weight. Afterwards, they look at recent announcement that Sony and Marvel are teaming up to deliver Spider-Man to the MCU.

In the final part of this week’s show, in Ibi’s corner, we look at neo-colonialism in science fiction films. This segment was inspired by the first lecture in the Popular Culture Lecture Series titled ‘It’s a Trope!’

And that’s all for this week, true believers! Previous shows can be heard at

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Clips used in this show are from the College Humor sketch “The Dangers of Binge-Watching”, the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon, Andrew Garfield’s appearance at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, and Star Wars.

Special thanks again to Professor Fielding for coming in to talk to us.