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Orientalism in the Media

Orientalism as explained by Edward Said is the emphasising and exaggeration of particular cultures, often portraying them as exotic, uncivilised or even dangerous.
Disney’s Aladdin is one example of this behaviour. Analyse some further examples of Orientalism in the media, and the implications of such behaviour in the 21st Century. Explain how this exemplifies Said’s theory.

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    The Female Badass in Movies and TV

    Throughout history in both movies and television there seems to be a recurring trend that the women badass is somewhat always second fiddle to their action or male counterparts. I think of movies like Underworld and Resident Evil, while both lead characters are both extremely badass and women, in one of the movies they have to be told by a man that they are badass because of a specific reason (their blood is stronger now because of being blessed by the last male heir of a line of vampire killers or because they are a clone of a weaker version of yourself, and were created by a man seeking power and control) However, recently there has been an increase in movies that show women as being rightfully badass without needing men to justify that they are this way. Why is that while there is an increase in women simply being badass because they are by their own rights, is still many interpretations of women’s badassery needing to be justified by men?

    • Some great examples would be the recent Wonder Woman film, CW's Supergirl, and many of the female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and several in the Black Panther film. These are just some suggestions for you to consider. Great topic! – EmskitheNerd 20 hours ago
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    Can Writing Fanfiction Have Benefits?

    While writing fanfiction can be time better spent on one’s own original creative endeavours, are there benefits? I’ve read fanfics that have elevated original works in interesting ways, showing a deep understanding for characterisation, narrative structure, and significantly, the pitfalls those original works might have fallen into. So, can writing fanfiction teach us to be critical and inventive in *what* we write, therefore benefiting how we construct our own original works? Or can its normalisation of appropriation do more harm than good? (Then again, what goes in a post-modern society?)

    • I get that you're referring more to "artistic benefits" than "financial benefits," but the author might find this helpful nonetheless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsTN5ZUnypQ – ProtoCanon 8 hours ago
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    The conflict between heroism and villainy within My Hero Academia

    The anime has characters such as Endeavor who is known as the number 2 hero despite having villainous qualities such as abusing his wife and children. On the flipside, they have Stain, a villain who ruthlessly kills people yet values true heroism. In a show promoting the idea of becoming the best hero in the world, what does it mean when characters hold opposing traits from their roles in society? Additionally, can characters such as Bakugo, Deku, and Todoroki be considered as true heroes considering their reasons for becoming heroes?

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      What do colors have to do with story?

      Movies like American Beauty or The Grand Budapest use bright or dull bland colors to set tone and provide atmosphere. Can the same be said for exposition? Example, Sin-city is a mainly black and white movie where they use colors only to draw attention to details. So, again, I pose the question, Can colors be a main source for exposition in film?

      • The selection of a color pallete is just as essential to film exposition as the storytelling, cinematography and editing as it helps to establish the 'flavour' of a scene in visual shorthand. I see you mentioned 'Sin City' in particular. In this instance, since the film was based on Miller's graphic novel, it made sense to stay with black and white to help create the same mood and atmosphere found within the graphic novel. I'd also suggest taking a look at the recent British science fiction thriller 'Anon' (written, directed and co-produced by Andrew Niccol), which uses a near washed-out pallete to establish the blandness of a population's existence within a city that is under constant surveillance by the authorities. Good idea for a topic suggestion though and you have my vote. – Amyus 1 day ago
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      • Another good example to consider is the usage of red and yellow in The Village. M. Night Shyamalan uses both to peak efficiency in the film, to the point where the sight of the color red alone sparks a response with the viewer. – ValleyChristion 7 hours ago
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      What is Hollywood willing to take a chance on?

      Recently, Hollywood has been focused on franchises, adaptations, and remakes that are guaranteed to have an audience (Disney live action remakes, Star Wars continuations, Ready Player One, Jumanji, comic book movies, etc.) What movies have come out recently that the film industry took a big chance on, and have they done well or have they flopped?

      • this is a very interesting topic, considering last year Hollywood made one of their biggest gambles on Darren Aronofsky's Mother! The film, for me, felt like a test production to see if audiences would gravitate to more artistic and experimental projects. It failed, and it is rather rare to see big studios funding new and original projects unless the director has a certain weight (ex. Spielberg). I think this could work, but I think it would be important to discuss the trend, specifically in the 21st century, of big studios supporting riskier projects and when it seems viable to do so. There should be specific films, like Mother!, but the topic should be more weighted towards Hollywood trends and what the general public is more likely to lean towards as far as genres/ideas in films. Specific films don't always work as an indicator, it is better to focus on trend and changes, even sociopolitically, anything that could influence viewership. – Connor 5 days ago
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      Did Catherine of Wuthering Heights live on?

      Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is a singular novel. Especially within a Victorian literary context, the heroine Catherine Earnshaw is a singular woman. Passionate, haughty and violent, even as she succumbs to Victorian strictures governing femininity and relationships and eventually dies, she forever sticks in my mind.

      Though she is decidedly unlike most other Victorian heroines, I wonder if more recent literature has created characters in which she is reflected? Does Catherine live on in other literary figures? Whom most resembles her?

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        The Art of Academic Writing

        As an academic writer, I am aware of many "myths" about academic writing, which many people call rules. But what are the rules? Or should we abolish the notion of rules and become writers in our own voice rather than being so "academic"?

        • Part of the discussion needs to be on the contested idea of what academic writing actually is and how it differs between not only disciplines but also countries. – SaraiMW 4 days ago
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        Film

        Subtitling for Cinema: A Brief History
        Subtitling for Cinema: A Brief History
        Black Panther: Not the First Black Superhero Film but the Most Impactful
        Representation of female celibacy in Television and Film
        Leigh Brackett and Jane Goldman: Female Genre Writers Across the Century

        TV

        Chuck, the Anti-Spy
        Chuck, the Anti-Spy
        Antagonist-Centered Stories: What Can We Learn?
        “It’s Always Sunny” and Why We Laugh at Bad People
        The Enhanced Reality of Reality TV

        Animation

        The 21st Century’s Most Meaningful Animated Shorts
        The 21st Century’s Most Meaningful Animated Shorts
        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

        Anime

        Are you a Sub or a Dub?
        Are you a Sub or a Dub?
        An Isao Takahata Retrospective
        Attack On Titan: Anger as a Source of Motivation
        The Appeal of Slice of Life

        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

        Harry Potter: The Importance of Antagonists
        Harry Potter: The Importance of Antagonists
        Thin Slicing in Jane Austen’s “Emma”
        Macleish’s play J.B. and the Problem of Evil
        What is the Purpose of Dystopian Literature?

        Arts

        Perfecting the Martial Art
        Perfecting the Martial Art
        The Truth About Cats and Artists
        How Trump Won: Heroes, Villains and Surviving the Apocalypse
        Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Internal Guilt

        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?