About HyperReality:

What has media done to our perception of reality? Media plays a very important role in the social construction of reality and with technology being so readily accessible anywhere and everywhere, we now have the ability to process new ideas and experiences at the command of a touch screen. Today, ideas are communicated through social networks, movies, television shows, song lyrics, billboards, advertisements, mobile applications, and blogs, etc. Mass media in inescapable and I think it’s imperative to interpret this media, including literature, song lyrics, music videos, advertisements, movies, television shows, and how it all relates to, and comments on, the current state of our media-driven society. The goal of  HyperReality is to focus on analyzing pop culture because the world needs a little more media literacy.

Game on.

About Steven:

I’m a writer.

I’m a professor of English at SUNY Orange.  My students tell me all the time that I’m too particular; I call it “expecting the best.” My goal is to teach my students how to think critically, and how to think for themselves. Open discussion is key. I inadvertently make faces like this all the time, mostly while I teach, and I’m OK with it:

I’m a total pop culture #junkie. And a nerd. A huge nerd.

I am human. Maybe. I think. What is ‘human’?

I am an avid imaginer.

I make mountains out of mole hills. Whatever that means.

I’m querying what I hope will be my debut novel, a YA roadtrip book about family and friendship. I would reveal the title, but I’m wildly superstitious. Step on a crack, say 10 Hail Mary’s.

I have OCD and I’m a perfectionist.

I have the snarky brilliance of Simon Cowell circa American Idol when commenting on popular culture.

I like to imagine my life narrated by Years & Years songs.

I’m obsessed with all things pop culture, but I’m unhealthily obsessed with

  1. Media literacy
  2. All things Disney
  3. Mariah Carey and/or Lady Gaga, depending on the day
  4. Superheroes and monsters, specifically all things Marvel and zombie
  5. Binge-watching TV shows ad nauseam.


I love using GIFs. This next one accurately sums up everything there is to know about me:

24 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I wanted to drop by and invite you to join in Project O which is a look into how opinions are formed around the world. If this interests you and if you have a social issue you might want to share with people, please consider joining! The post can be found at the top of my blog under Project O – The Original Project Idea and the template is the post next to it. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog! –OM

  2. What a great find!! I’m a journalism student and I would kill to be able to write like you!! I feel so inadequate when I read stuff like your blog. I mean you are a professor after all! I am in favor of long forms so I will definitely be watching out for your novel. Lots of respect!



    • Wow…what a tremendous compliment! I really appreciate your words. Writing is a process, it takes practice, but the more you write, the more you’ll be able to find your voice and cultivate something that’s uniquely you. Here’s a trick: Don’t EVER feel inadequate when you read something from a writer you admire. You should assess their style, find what it is you like about their style, and DO IT BETTER. That’s how writer’s improve, by reading a lot and writing even more.

      Thanks for checking out my blog! And keep checking back for (hopeful) novel updates 🙂

      • thank you! if only there was an extra day in the week that could be designated for reading.

        will keep on reading yours stuff for sure 🙂 i love pop culture also, im the biggest Kylie Minogue Junkie :p

    • Aww! Hey…my philosophy is this (and I stole this idea from the seminal Whoopi Goldberg classic “Sister Act 2” when her character Sister Mary Clarence said it to Lauryn Hill’s character): “If you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is writing, you a writer, gurl.”

      So if you want to be a writer, BE a writer 🙂

      • Wohooo! Thanks for your (or should I say Sister Mary Clarence’s) philosophy!
        It really lifted my writing spirit 🙂
        Nice to meet you and I love reading your blog.
        Stay connected! 😀

  3. So glad you were Freshly Pressed, otherwise, I may never have found your blog! What a shame that would have been!

    Fyi: Most of my blog posts were written to Lana Del Rey … apparently, she writes to narrate both of our lives.

  4. Just want to say that as a rising college sophomore studying English, I wish I had the privilege of having you as my professor. I love how you so deftly analyze trends in pop culture and think deeply about images others may overlook – as a gay male who once had an eating disorder your posts regarding Sam Smith and the objectification of men really spoke to me. Serious kudos to you, please keep writing, and I cannot wait to read more of your work!

    PS: I’m also a huge YA nerd (realistic fiction especially) so I hope your novel gets picked up by an agent and published soon. I will definitely be one of the first to read it.

    • Well, sir, I wish I had the pleasure of teaching you! We have a lot of fun in my classes.

      I’m glad the Sam Smith piece resonated with you — just always remember that, no matter what, you are perfect just the way you are. We need more affirmations like that instead of more advertisements for the perfect body.

      Thanks for the kind words! I’ll keep you posted if and when my book gets picked up 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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