John Taylor’s interests are focused primarily on American popular media of the late Cold War, and particularly, the influence of popular media on the construction of national and political identity. More narrowly, he is interested in the special role that popular cinema had to play in the construction of American conservatism in the 1970s and 1980s. More broadly, he is interested in any discussion of the aesthetic dimensions of state and social power. He often likes to address these issues through the analysis of marginal, popular, and “bad” cultural objects. His other (often related) interests include working class studies, representations of labor in media, and video game studies.