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Star Trek Discovery: Ash Tyler

In Star Trek’s newest installation Star Trek: Discovery, we are introduced to a character named Ash Tyler, potrayed by Shazad Latif. Ash was a prisoner of war in a Klingon ship, was tortured and ultimately raped by one of his Klingon captors. You see Ash dealing with symptoms of PTSD that progress through the show. Ash’s mental state causes flashbacks, which ultimately lead to violence and even death of those In his way. How does the sympathy of Ash’s place as a male rape victim clash with the violent nature he takes on when having episodes? Is he less sympathetic or moreso because of these violence inducing flashbacks caused by the torture he recieved?

  • Considering the current state of sexual assault/harassment that has been plaguing our society for much too long, it is easy to see it as a strictly woman-based struggle...Men who are sexually abused, and the way they cope is almost a nil discussion...kudos for the insight and the well thought out topic. – MikeySheff 2 days ago
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Cool guys and glasses in anime

In anime there are many stereotypes which deviate from Western views. For instance, the boy in school with glasses and straight A’s may be worshipped in Japan but oppressed in Western nations. I would love it if someone could research the value of these stereotypes in different cultures!

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    Technical Competence Vs. Quality in Classic Cinema

    I recently re-watched Tod Brownings 1931 adaptation of Dracula, along with the Spanish language reshoot made the same year. Later, I watched an analysis of both films that was arguing the english language version was superior due to the technical proficiency of the camera operator. They compared the number of tracking shots, pushes, and dolly shots, then judged the quality of the film based off those numbers.

    Personally, I find this to be somewhat of a silly way of judging a film’s quality, but I couldn’t help that agree with the author of the video that the English version looks much better than the Spanish one. Should the technical execution of a film, especially classic film, play a role in our subjective judgement of it?

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      Of Monetary Value: The Artistry of the Undervalued

      In this day and age the arts are one of the most freeing career paths a person can choose, from drawing and painting to animation and sculpture the field is vast and full of potential. Discuss why people devlue the art of learning these subjects, often expect work to be done for free, and then celebrate the art as beloved. Do we value the work and undervalue the artist? Is this ideal changing? Discuss how this mindset and belief that art is not of valur affects the "little" guy while allowing large main stream corporations to become highly monetarily successful.

      • The devaluing of art is constantly present in creative communities and it's a vicious cycle. The mentality is that "the smaller you are (reputation-wise) the less you can charge" otherwise "you'd be bigger," and "you have to work for it." And this thought process stifles one's ability TO grow while in a constant lack of proper support. Rather than pay a small creator for the time and effort they put into their work, people flock to brand merchandise or cheap widely distributed prints. What it boils down to is a lack of understanding on the part of the consumer for the market: they try to equivocate the price of the products while completely unaware of the resources spent to make them. "Why pay $20 for this when I can get it for $5 somewhere else." The need to make money in any form, forces small creators to accept low wages or to be paid in "exposure" because it's that or nothing, which in turn justifies the devaluing of their and others' art in future. So the cycle continues. Since art is so accessible, and there are so many artists out there, it's hard to stop this from happening. I'd love if the article included ideas on how to combat this mentality and educate consumers on where their money is going when supporting small creators. – Slaidey 2 days ago
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      • I also should have added that I do think the attitude toward smaller creators is shifting in some regard. Mentioning Patreon and sites which help support creators is relevant to the topic and could be worth mentioning :) – Slaidey 2 days ago
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      Star Trek: Discovery - Decent or Dud?

      An analysis of the newest addition to the Star Trek franchise. Does the 2017 update to beloved 80/90s spin-offs like DS9 and Voyager really pack the same punch? Or is possible that older TV shows and their newer instalments are want to be affected by nostalgia and fans, as much as they are by new script and plot?

      • I think this is a relevant discussion to have, although it would be a little tricky as there is so much conjecture even between the original series. It will be interesting to look at how each series actually was received and how the new version relates to that also. As a show that has had a series of iterations and significant changes, I think in a way fans would be more accepting of the "newness" of the Discovery series, however, whether it is meeting the same needs in its contemporary target audience could be a different discussion. – SaraiMW 3 days ago
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      America, Can You Really Do Anything?

      In America, the commonly known ‘American Dream’ ideal exists where if you put in hard work and with a little "bit o’ luck" you can accomplish anything. Discuss the socio-economic and political barriers to this ideal. Examine social issues such as racism, sexism, and white-privilege, noting how their effects promote or dampen the possibility of this ideal becoming a reality. Use examples from media, books and film in order to argue your point.

      Book Suggestions: Of Mice and Men, McTeague, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Passing (Nella Larsen).

      Movie Suggestions: Citizen Kane, Pretty Woman, La La Land, Good Will Hunting

      • This is actually too big a topic, especially considering the breadth of time frames that you are suggesting in the texts. I think this is actually a very interesting discussion, but it needs to be reduced down into a more narrow aspect - perhaps even something more niche, such as the concept of the American Dream perceived through an African American lens, or through a feminist lens. Or even pick a particular time frame, such as the 1970s or now and look at how the AD has been depicted then. – SaraiMW 1 week ago
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      • So the suggestions we're just as they are suggestions, I would never expect anyone to use all of them or even any of them it was just ideas. With that in mind do you still believe the topic to be too much? – alexpaulsen 1 week ago
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      • I would also use recent modern examples of film or political issues to help tell this article. – BMartin43 6 days ago
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      • I agree with SaraiMW. If you'd like to do a feminist lens some excellent novels from the start of the 20th c. (when the frontier myth started shaping the American Dream) are: My Antonia, American Indian Stories, and Sister Carrie – Mela 3 days ago
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      Platformers: is it time for a revival?

      Does the success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy speak more about the power of nostalgia or the appetite for platformers in a market dominated by sports games, shooters and RPGs?

      • Definitely a mix of both. While platformers are interesting and fun when done well, the ultimate rise in technology has left the market thirsty for far more wild, innovative games, with exceptions like Cuphead and Celeste appealing to the old ones who grew up with those type of games. – TokyoExpress 5 days ago
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      • Platformers have seen a recent revival with Super Mario Odyssey, A Hat in Time, and many others. And the success of those games shows that there is still room for platformers in the industry. – ankit8697 2 days ago
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      Tree of Life and Melancholia:Opposing Perspective on Life

      What Tree of Life by Terrence Malick and Melancholia by Lars Von Trier have in common is that they are two films that are poetic in their imagery and dialogue. With nuanced characters, each film seeks to explore the human experience and provide its own answer to question of life’s ultimate meaning. Analyze each film in depth. Discuss differences and similarities between the characters of each film, and how each affirms the films central themes. Also examine the differences and the possible similarities in the messages of both films.

      • This is a very interesting subject when it comes to two entirely different filmmakers. I would be very interested in approaching it from the angle you propose. – caryleiter 2 months ago
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      Film

      Race and the Revived Dead: White Zombie and Night of the Living Dead
      Race and the Revived Dead: White Zombie and Night of the Living Dead
      Avengers 2012 vs Justice League 2017: A Lesson in Narrative Storytelling
      Origin Stories: Do we need them?
      The Superhero Origin… Again?

      TV

      Mindhunter: A gritty insight into criminal psychology
      Mindhunter: A gritty insight into criminal psychology
      A Female #doctor13: Why the Controversy?
      The Successes and Failures of Sesame Street and Arthur
      Is “Geek Culture” Embracing Our Inner Child, or Infantilising a Generation of Adults?

      Animation

      Samurai Jack: Exploring the Newfound Maturity
      Samurai Jack: Exploring the Newfound Maturity
      The Double-Edged Stigma Faced By Western Animation
      Best and Worst Disney Role Models for Girls and Young Women
      Feminism and Disney: They’re Not As Different As You Might Think

      Anime

      Attack On Titan: Anger as a Source of Motivation
      Attack On Titan: Anger as a Source of Motivation
      The Appeal of Slice of Life
      Psycho-Pass: Understanding Structural Violence
      Parasyte: Exploration of what it means to be human

      Manga

      One Punch Man vs. My Hero Academia: Reconstructing the Silver Age of Comics
      One Punch Man vs. My Hero Academia: Reconstructing the Silver Age of Comics
      Manga: How to Travel Between Dimensions
      Naruto: The Unresolved Revolution
      The 5 Saddest Moments in One Piece

      Comics

      Comic Books, Adults, and a History of Stigmatization
      Comic Books, Adults, and a History of Stigmatization
      The Social Stigma of Comic Book Reading
      What Should Happen To Captured Super Villains?
      Finding the Bridge Between Superhero Comics and Hip-Hop

      Literature

      What is the Purpose of Dystopian Literature?
      What is the Purpose of Dystopian Literature?
      The Philosophy of Conflict in Literature
      Araby: Intercolonialism In Ireland as Portrayed by James Joyce
      Missing Moms and the Fairytale Characters Living Without Them

      Arts

      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Internal Guilt
      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Internal Guilt
      Picasso’s Guernica: 80 Years Later
      Women, Culture and Politics: Buffy’s Critical Bite
      Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists

      Writing

      Creative Texting: Writing and Textspeak
      Creative Texting: Writing and Textspeak
      Parallel and Alternate Realities; Fiction Tells us the Difference
      Genre Fiction in University Writing Programs: No longer the MFA’s Red-headed Stepchild
      Can you Teach Someone how to Become a Writer?