Former film studies students will recognize words like "discourse" and "space" in Miles McNutt's work and out him as an academic right away. As a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but also an A.V. Club regular, McNutt bridges the gap between criticism as practiced by Roger Ebert and criticism as practiced by Stanley. This may initially feel like a negative, as dense sentences punctuated by academic jargon aren't exactly what the Buzzfeed-ified Internet is starving for.
Once you get used to feeling like you're back in a lecture hall, you can settle in to the brilliance of McNutt's writing. His work enjoys the wide-ranging freedom of an academic, a refreshing contrast to the recapping, list-making (guilty as charged) web writers that dominate our feeds. McNutt has the freedom to write posts about such wide-ranging topics as the finale of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the cultural capital generated by HBO's next-level critic swag, or issues of class in White Collar.
"Cultural Learnings" may not be your cup of tea, but if it is, you can even read Mcnutt's undergraduate thesis on "the genesis of medieval romance within the 2004 re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica."
Yeah, it might be a while until we get around to that one too.