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Let's Play: Original Content or Copyright Infringement

There has been a lot of static on YouTube about "Let’s Play" videos, especially when it comes to Nintendo and their haste in issuing content strikes. Analyze the form of "Let’s Play" videos, and offer an opinion of whether they are worthwhile original content, or just a more elaborate form of capitalizing on someone else’s work.

  • Possibly talk about the origins of the Let's Play. This is not a new format, there was Mystery Science Theater 3000 and MTV shows riffing on music videos in the 90's. – Adam 20 hours ago
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  • And if they are an elaborate form of capitalizing on someone else's work, what then? Elaborate on why that is wrong, or not as meaningful as something more original. – luminousgloom 7 mins ago
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Canada in American Media

Explore the role that Canada has in American Media, pulling from film, television, comics, and any other medium that you choose. How is the Nation viewed internationally? If you so choose, how is the nation viewed by other international media outlets (BBC, anime, etc.)? Some examples to pull from include John Oliver, South Park, xkcd, and That 70s Show.

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    Consumerism and Film Media

    What does it mean to consume media rather than to simply view it? Are remakes and sequels that are made 10 years after the original a newly emerging form of art, or are they simply a cheap means to make money? Is there such a thing as artistic integrity?

    • Hmm, this is a neat idea given how relevant it is nowadays. For me, I see this a lot with the many video game remasters over the past few years. Movies do this a lot as well, and I think it would be interesting to discuss how some movies that were iconic during their time (ex. 80's, 90's) lose their originality and novelty in a modern era. You can also discuss how nostalgia plays a role in defining what made an original movie superior to a remake. As far as money goes, you can also play the nostalgia card here to explore how producers try to cash in on people's memories of the past by bringing back the classics (via reboots, remakes, sequels, etc.). – Filippo 24 hours ago
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    • How much of this sped-up aspect of entertainment is a Future Shock-esque reflection of technology, advances of which now making themselves almost instantly obsolete? Will what we consume consume us? – Tigey 23 hours ago
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    • There is such a thing as artistic integrity; it's rare in hollywood. Maybe mention something which could hold the title of having artistic integrity with something that doesn't, like Jurassic World for example. – luminousgloom 15 mins ago
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    Was Jesse Walt's Version of Dorian Gray's Picture?

    Did Walter White use Jesse Pinkman as a proxy conscience? If so, in which instances, and what were the effects on Walt and Jesse?

    • To be more specific, throughout BB, Jesse learns of Walt's heinous acts - through witness, discovery, or Walt's admission - and this "education" seems to take a toll on Jesse, but never Walt. Is there a "type" of sin that hurts Jesse most deeply? Is there a group of people for whom Jesse suffers most deeply? How is Jesse's spiritual and physical suffering manifested? Finally, can someone who murdered Gale Boetticher and Todd Alquist be a character of conscience? – Tigey 1 day ago
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    Dothraki Tribalism and the Ubermensch

    "It is the right of the strong to take from the weak." (Martin, 758)

    The sociopolitical structure of the Dothraki people is governed by the strong, with tribal communities gravitating around warriors who have proven their greatness in battle. This is seen most evidently when Khal Drogo’s khalasar is disbanded as soon as his strength begins to falter, prompting several of his strongest subordinates to name themselves new Khals to form new khalasars with whoever will follow. This ideology is the reason why none of the Dothraki had any respect for Viserys, who had no true strength of his own, but felt entitled to the Iron Throne by being a descendant of the old dynasty. Though the Targaryen reign was ushered in by the brute strength of Aegon the Conqueror and his dragons (a method of asserting one’s right to rule much in line with this Dothraki system), the establishment of a monarchy after the victory changed the game (of thrones).
    Discuss the differences between these two methods of governance. Which one might prove to be more effective for selecting leaders (both in Westeros and in the real world)? How does the Dothraki reverence for individuals with power reflect the Nietzschean view of the ubermensch? How might it mirror the real-life rises to power of autocratic leaders from Julius Caesar, to Napoleon Bonaparte, to Fidel Castro? In what ways might this need to respect the ruler illustrate a sort of precursor to our modern democracy?

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      Prosperity and Art

      Are personal and/or national prosperity bad for the various forms of art? Do hard times make for better art than good times? In the film Big Fish, Tim Burton’s portrayal of the town of Spectre suggests that painlessness numbs creativity. Is this true or not? Am I alone in hating the synth-pop soundtracks and big hair of so many ’80’s movies?

      • I think to some extend suffering does breed art. I recommend mentioning how most great works of art are indeed about some kind of struggle or sorrow that is either overcome or not. Your last sentence seems completely irrelevant. – luminousgloom 2 days ago
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      • The 80's was a decade of huge economic growth and really bad music and movies. As great an artist as Bob Dylan was artistically MIA in the 80's.Using the word struggle is interesting. Hitler was an artist (a failed postcard painter) and his Mein Kampf (My Struggle) was shaped by Germany's post-treaty of Versailles depression. Hard times may not be good or bad, artistically or otherwise, just fertile. – Tigey 2 days ago
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      The destruction of the family in The Conjuring 2

      I love Horror Films. The suspense that horror films create makes me jump off my seat every time and I love it. This weekend, I just recently watched The Conjuring 2, and I noticed a crucial theme: the destruction of "family." While the suspense in a horror films is created through unusual monsters, demons or serial killers, what made me jump was how the film metaphorically represented the struggles of living up to a specific type of family structure. Throughout the film, I started to see the differences between the Warren Family and the Hodgson family. Before they meet each other to discuss the supernatural occurrences, the way the montage sequence emphasizes on the difference between the families reinforces that the white picket fence family is in itself the better structure. Ultimately, the Warren family is a represented as the angelic figure that needs to save the Hodgson’s from their own "demonic" failures ( ex: darker lighting used in scenes where the Hodgson family is shot) . But the question is, why is it that the single mother who is trying to hold her family together need to be saved constantly in films?

      • Interesting topic. I noticed that the Warrens helped to create friendly mood for the family suffering from possession in both movies, so it could be said that the Warrens "heal" the family both spiritually and mentally. – idleric 4 days ago
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      Horror Then and Now

      Look at how the genre has evolved over the years. Talk about some of the icons in the horror movie franchise and how they have evolved along with the genre. Also you might look at the directors of the horror genre and how they have helped the evolution of the horror genre.

      • This is a solid topic, one which can be thoroughly examined. Given that the genre initially leaned more towards psychological horror and since morphed (sadly) into physical horror (like the splatter-fest movies of Eli Roth), there is a lot that can be observed. It could also be interesting to note how filmmakers are starting to lean a bit more towards psychological horror again with films like "The Babadook" and "It Follows". – August Merz 1 day ago
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      Film

      Easy Rider: An Artful American Souvenir
      Easy Rider: An Artful American Souvenir
      Carrie White: Horror’s Most Relatable Anti-Heroine
      Kurzel’s Macbeth: Aesthetics of a War Drama
      Exposing the Tragic Mulatta in Film

      TV

      Moral Codes: Heroes, Villains, and Agents of SHIELD
      Moral Codes: Heroes, Villains, and Agents of SHIELD
      Reinforcing the Traditional Patriarchal ideologies through Situation Comedies
      Breaking Bad: The Appeal of Walter White
      Queer Death in Media: Drawing Attention to the Bloodshed

      Animation

      A Look at ‘Zootopia’: How Its Heroine Plays in the Field of Fellow Disney Women
      A Look at ‘Zootopia’: How Its Heroine Plays in the Field of Fellow Disney Women
      Bojack Horseman: Balancing Humor and Dark Themes
      Steven Universe: The Rise of Popularity in Internet Fandoms
      Animated Poetry: A Starting Point

      Anime

      Pokémon and the Animals in Captivity Debate
      Pokémon and the Animals in Captivity Debate
      Harem Anime and Manga – Expectations vs. Reality
      Surviving SHIMONETA: Living in a World Without Dirty Jokes
      The Endings of Evangelion: Exploring Shinji Ikari

      Manga

      Manga: How to Travel Between Dimensions
      Manga: How to Travel Between Dimensions
      Naruto: The Unresolved Revolution
      The 5 Saddest Moments in One Piece
      Dragon Ball: Why is it Still Endearing to People Everywhere?

      Comics

      Overweight Superheroes and Supervillains
      Overweight Superheroes and Supervillains
      Civil (Ethics) War: A Marvel Comics Event
      The “It’s Complicated” Relationship of Deadpool and Spiderman
      A Guide to Reading Comics: Where to Start?

      Literature

      The Portrait That is Dorian Gray
      The Portrait That is Dorian Gray
      Hamlet: Examining Love and Destruction
      The Face of Classist Tyranny: Haddix’s Uprising and Yezierska’s “Soap and Water”
      Vampires in Literature: Opera Cloaks, Sparkles, and Prevailing Themes

      Arts

      Swinging Los Angeles: L.A.’s Forgotten Role as a Psychedelic Rock Mecca
      Swinging Los Angeles: L.A.’s Forgotten Role as a Psychedelic Rock Mecca
      Passion Pit: The Personal and the Political
      The Art of Sales in the 21st Century
      That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: An Argument that Art is Objective

      Writing

      An Inkwell’s Symbolic Influence on the Civil Rights Decisions of John Marshall Harlan
      An Inkwell’s Symbolic Influence on the Civil Rights Decisions of John Marshall Harlan
      The Act of Writing: A Semantic Exploration
      The Modern Translation of Writing
      Fanficton: A Practice in the Art of Storytelling