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.

“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 →

The History of DC Comics

I wrote this essay during my freshman year of college and thought that it fit perfectly with the ideas expressed in my blog. “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... 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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