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    Dinner Tonight? How Jake and Amir changed Youtube (working title)

    With their series having ended a little over a year ago, can we make anything out of looking back at it? Perhaps something about the pressure of standing out as a 1-3 minute sketch comedy show on a Youtube more and more dominated by let’s plays and long videos? The show ran for 8 years – has it had a cultural impact? I’m not sure, but it seems worth discussion, at least.

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      Buffy Did it: The Simpson's for Live-Action

      Discuss which other popular TV shows owe significant debt to the writing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It could be visually, like comparing the depictions of Buffy’s powers in Season 1 to Jessica Jones, for example. Or, a another, the episode structure of Fringe (setting aside the super-powered blonde protagonist set upon by destiny. Those are the two I thought of, but I’m sure there are loads more.

      • I like this topic, but I would change the title. It's a bit confusing. – LaRose 9 months ago
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      • Yeah, that's a fair cop. I would change the title too, to be honest. – magicmark 9 months ago
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      One theory you might find interesting comes from Cracked.com. It puts a political spin on vampire as well as zombie fiction (unfortunately just in an American context, but they are mostly American movies):

      http://www.cracked.com/article_19402_6-mind-blowing-ways-zombies-vampires-explain-america.html

      Vampires in Literature: Opera Cloaks, Sparkles, and Prevailing Themes

      An enjoyable read, but not without some problems. I can see how you would raise an eyebrow at the idea of Colbert, a straw man near-cartoon character listed as a news source. But comparing him, Oliver and Stewart to the likes of Beck and Limbaugh goes, I feel, two steps too far.

      I would say the biggest difference between Stewart / Colbert and Limbaugh / Beck is that Colbert and Stewart (Stewart more so) cite their sources, which are usually primary sources. They reference, and quote from, reports, studies and the politicians themselves.

      They show clips and quotes in their context – they even extend clips other networks had cut misleadingly, showing their previously hidden, real contexts.

      “Last Week Tonight” in particular, takes the approach of news-with-comedy as opposed to comedy-with news. I don’t see these shows being included as information sources alongside network news as “troubling,” as you put it. I see an appropriate level of trust in people who often do more to research the topics they cover than the “real” news channels they lampoon – and indeed, in Oliver’s case, rival.

      Real or Reel? The Complicated Personas of Political Comedians

      Great article! I admit, I was a little sceptical of your “old vs new” split, but you won me over. It would be interesting to see what other factors influenced the development of vampire stories beyond what you touched on here – for instance, I find it interesting that Dracula is an aristocratic villain from a monarchist author like Stoker. But I thoroughly enjoyed your look at vampire fiction, and am looking forward to your next piece!

      Vampires in Literature: Opera Cloaks, Sparkles, and Prevailing Themes

      Loved the article! It really made me stop to re-think a director I thought I knew more about than I did.

      Male Protagonists in Hitchcock Films