Category: Entertainment

Battlefield 1 Brings History Back to Video Games

Battlefield 1, developed by Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts (EA), released on October 21.  The first-person shooter game is the first in the Battlefield franchise and one of the very few video games to be set during the First World War.  Its historical setting is very important in a time when video games, particularly first-person shooters, are often presented in futuristic and science fiction settings.

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2016: A Year in Music

By Andre Hernandez

Music has been a very simple way of attracting an audience. Develop a track with a catchy hook and a very popular song will arise. However, to fully express an idea or a message on a touchy subject, that’s a bit more challenging. It has been a roller coaster of a year in 2016, with many lives lost and voices heard in an effort to heal a wounded country.

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The Polarized Generation

By Catherine Geissler

SNL star Leslie Jones awoke the morning of August 23rd unaware of the targeted media attention making waves across the internet that had many people wondering, how far is too far for an internet troll?
Hackers replaced the content of her website with sexually explicit photos of Jones and videos comparing her looks to a gorilla. However, this isn’t Jones’ first time having to defend herself from online harassment.

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When The Dark Knight Returned

Last month, we looked back at Alan Moore’s Watchmen and began to explore the literary and visual art of graphic novels.  However, around the same time of Watchmen’s release, DC Comics published another graphic novel that is as influential and critically adored as Alan Moore’s classic.  This story is Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.  Like Watchmen, this story helped pioneer the mature age of comic books, but unlike Watchmen, which had original characters, The Dark Knight Returns brings the mature cynicism and dark realism to DC’s mainstream characters.

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Whitewashing in American Cinema

Earlier this summer, controversy arose after the announcement that Matt Damon was cast as the lead in the upcoming epic, The Great Wall.  The current dilemma with whitewashing is on both sides concerning studio marketing and film authenticity. The casting of a well-known American actor over an unknown international actor  to secure funding is a common tactic; however, this marketing tool often undermines the film’s authenticity and historical accuracy.
Accusations of whitewashing were almost immediate; Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu took to social media to vent her frustration with the casting choice. Wu stated that the film perpetuates the “white savior” narrative, all too common in the film industry.

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Watching Over the Watchmen

The 1980s was a pivotal point for comic books and the medium as a whole. Even today’s modern elements seen in the ever-so-popular superhero television series and movies have their tonal origins from the period. During this, graphic novels began extremely popular. Though comic books and manga are all technically graphic novels, the term is separated from them because of its uniqueness. Graphic novel are larger and are more original stories in comparison to the thirty page monthly issue. Even when they adapt the characters from current comic stories, the graphic novel’s story is its own original work, and is usually not canon with the comic’s timelines.
One graphic novel did exemplify the medium while symbolizing the transition of the 1980s which is Alan Moore’s Watchmen.

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Why Good Representation Matters

Just over a month ago, the fourth season of Orange Is The New Black premiered on Netflix. Binge watchers all over the world rejoiced and immediately tuned in to follow the adventures of the women of Litchfield. Critics and viewers have praised the show for its groundbreaking representation of minority communities. Though the show’s protagonist is a self-described “WASP” (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant), the supporting cast is composed of women from various backgrounds.  Of these, the Latina inmates (known to the others as “Spanish Harlem”) are among the ones most frequently cited as examples of progress in representation.

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