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Technophobia and Fear of the Corporation 

For all of the utopian visions of the future, with robots and spaceships and holodecks, there is an underlying fear of technology which often drives stories and films in the science fiction genre. In their essay on technophobia, authors Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner write that science fiction films concerning the fears of technology often... Continue Reading →

Stereotypes Among the Stars

Western science fiction often presents fantastical ideas of the future, with robots and spaceships and groups of people living and working together in harmony. Yet for all of the ideas of progress, SF relies heavily on the current values, ideas, and stereotypes of the time period, often marginalizing, ignoring and stereotyping other races, presenting anyone... Continue Reading →

Data Journalism

My journalism professor assigned this project involving data journalism. Along with a few of my peers who share my interest in science, I wrote some case studies on different publications and how they utilized data in their science articles. Mack Veltman, Ryan Eberle, Hannah Morrow, Tyler Smith, Natalie Waitt-Gibson. Introduction Over the past few decades,... Continue Reading →

Season’s End: Riverdale

After an uneven first few episodes, Riverdale offers an entertaining and chilling season conclusion. I didn't actually think I would be that interested in Riverdale, a mature CW adaptation of the popular Archie comics I read as a child. I never really watched shows that featured twenty-something-year-olds trying to pass off as high school students while navigating the complicated... Continue Reading →

Genes and Time Travel

Imagine scientists can turn your genetic clock back in time to cure diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. This seems like an idea straight from the Twilight Zone, but as I discussed earlier with the CRISPR Cas9, the technology to do so actually exists, and is accelerating every day. We know this technology as the controversial... Continue Reading →

The Force is Strong With This One

"It's time for the Jedi to end," is the ominous phrase wrapping up the trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.  The trailer, which was released Friday morning, highlights Rey's training with Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, who channels his former master Yoda, and encourages the young heroine to breath and reach into the Force.... Continue Reading →

It’s Back

27 years after his big screen debut, Pennywise the Clown is returning to the small town of Derry, Main to terrorize a new generation of filmgoers in the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s classic 1986 horror novel. “It” was first adapted in the 1990 live action film starring Tim Curry in the iconic role as... Continue Reading →

GATTACA and Genetically Enhanced Humans: Fact or Fiction?

Published on Front Line Genomics: http://www.frontlinegenomics.com/blog/11167/gattaca-genetically-enhanced-humans-fact-fiction/ The ability to alter a human genome to influence eye color, height and strength was a major plot point in the 1997 science fiction film, Gattaca. The movie stars Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, a young man who is considered genetically inferior because of his natural birth, and is thus... Continue Reading →

When Non-Political TV Shows Tackle Politics

This evening I was catching up on one of my favorite television shows, Arrow, and just finished an episode which dealt with the aftermath of a mass shooting and touchy subject of gun control. Arrow, which is currently in its fifth season, is a modern take on DC's Green Arrow, and tells the story of a rich playboy, Oliver Queen, who, after five years of being stranded on an island, returns home to Star City to fight crime with a bow and arrows.

Comedy’s Golden Girl

In being in the business for so long, I've done everything but rodeo and porn." -Bea Arthur Over the years, many women have made people laugh and have left huge imprints in both the world of comedy and the world at large, and one of those fine ladies was Beatrice Arthur. Born May 13, 1922,... Continue Reading →

“Mad Men” and the Male Gaze

The “Jaguar Pitch”, scene that appears in a season 5 episode of Mad Men, is a perfect example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the “male gaze”, a masculine point of view across movies and literature in which women are presented as the objects of male pleasure. Mulvey states that the female characters have no direct... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the new site

I made this blog in 2016, and my goal was to look critically at how popular culture reflected current societal trends and values. I didn't keep up to date on the blog, and abandoned it after two posts to pursue other projects. I have returned to the site and not only updated the theme and... Continue Reading →

The History of DC Comics

“One of the key characteristics of the comic book medium is that it is not brought to life by just one voice”.   -Jim Lee, artist for DC Comics DC Comics Inc. is an American comic book publisher and a publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a company belonging to Warner Brothers Entertainment which itself is owned... Continue Reading →

Batman, Hero or Villain?

Why has American society responded so well to the television anti-hero? Shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal, The Sopranos, Bates Motel, and Dexter, have dominated our screens and have catapulted their major characters, who often engage in activities that bring into question their hero status, into household names. In this day and age, everyone now knows... Continue Reading →

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