Arazoo Ferozan

Arazoo Ferozan

I am a junior historian interested in social and cultural history. I like to explore events that transform and continue to shape our cultural milieu and social composition.

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    The Revival of the 90s on TV and in Film: Are We Being Nostalgic?

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the revival of TV shows or films from the 90’s. The most recent addition to this lineup is Netflex’s re-production of sequels to "Full House" and "Gilmore Girls". The remake of Ghostbusters, the Terminator, and Goosebumps are some of the other examples of this shift. What does the revival of such shows or films tell us about our cultural understanding of the 90s? Are we being nostalgic or does the industry tap into our love for such iconic shows, but why? Exploring this idea would require an examination of the cultural significance of such shows or films and to what extent their appeal has resulted in their revival decades later.

    • And with Nickelodeon rerunning Rugrats, it seems it's the makers that are being nostalgic. Perhaps one of the reasons is that a lot of new comers to the Nickelodeon production team were 90s kids? Maybe. I personally don't know who's I charge and how new they are so I could be wrong but it's worth looking into. – SpectreWriter 4 years ago
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    • Nick has it's own nostalgia channel now and that is something too, it's like we are keen on being nostalgic 2015 /2016 are all about reviving dead shows, twin peaks is coming back from the 90's and x-files came back from the 90's. it is like the 90's shows are making a comback and they are even talking about having a hey arnold! movie and then a movie with all the old cartoons like rugrats, hey arnold! etc., it's a good way to start to get us to buy series' dvd's haha because that is def what it makes me want to do right now. But, what does it do to us as a generation to see these shows and see the people in these shows grown up and what does it do for the kids who did not know these shows existed and how this is the first show they are going to see and have as full house grown up, instead of as little kids, it is so weird to think about! – scole 4 years ago
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    • It's also worth noting that in the 2000s, Rugrats already sort of came back when All Grown Up aired. And as a spin-off/sequel of some sorts, it was actually not that bad at all. I'd say, as a generation, shows like this would rekindle anybody's old love, and make newcomers curious to what the original was all about. Only makes things better. It's a smart move by Nick. – SpectreWriter 4 years ago
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    • With Nickelodeon running it's 90s channel, The Splat, I suppose you could say that it's a way of keeping the 90s kids' youthful spirit alive in a way, similar to how Boomerang was aimed towards the Baby Boomers as a nostalgia television block. It seems too soon to be presenting a 90s nostalgia block, but with the fast culture and growing technology, the industry will always rise to this occasion of feeding these audiences what they crave. – Sean Navat Balanon 4 years ago
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    How Historically Accurate is the Viking Series?

    In the recent decades, the History channel, as well as other networks have shown great interest in brining major historical characters or events to TV screens. Vikings, an Iris-Canadian historical drama has gained popularity since its premier in 2013. We get a contrary image of the vikings, unusual to the brutal, and "savage" warriors . While brutality and war is a dominant feature of the series, we also get a glimpse of loyalty, honour, compassion and of strong females who occupy significant roles in the storyline. To what extent are these images representative of a true viking culture? What historical events can we detect that are somewhat accurate?

    • I have seen some elaboration of this in come Wikipedia citations from historians in that field. Also, I can say from looking at the history that the chronology is modified, and certain details of the chronology of Ragnar Lodbruck are unmentioned in "Vikings", or at least not covered yet. – JDJankowski 4 years ago
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    • I'm a huge fan of this series and I read some great interviews with the writer Michael Hirst who is an academic and researches heavily before writing. Perhaps you would be interested in reading a bit about his process.http://www.scriptmag.com/features/vikings-michael-hirst-writing-tv-series-solo-critics-historical-accuracyhttp://www.medievalists.net/2015/02/19/qa-michael-hirst-creator-writer-vikings/ – louisestupar 4 years ago
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    • It is highly encouraged for those getting involved in this topic to research the historical equivalent of the Vikings, the Normans and Danes of the 10th and 11th Century. They were exceptionally known as warriors, and would partake in the Norman invasion of Britain when the various kingdoms had occupied the country. They would of course conquer most of the territory, except Wessex, the Anglo-Saxons, and they would eventually form together long after the initial invasion of the land. This is where you will gain your material in research of this topic, and better understand the history of the Viking image. – N.D. Storlid 4 years ago
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    Arazoo Ferozan

    A short but concise explanation of Zen philosophy. Well done.

    Using Zen Philosophy to Improve Creativity and Overcome Writer’s Block
    Arazoo Ferozan

    A good summary and description of the games relevant to the topic. I was not familiar with some of them, so thank you. I hope that gamers make the connection of the larger themes with the entertainment element of the games.

    What Would Jesus Play? (or, Gaming With the Pope)
    Arazoo Ferozan

    Good piece. I like the context of the article and you have some great examples here; however, I feel there are more open ended questions here than what is offered as thought provoking answers. Perhaps you have a follow-up article in mind? Good luck.

    What Should Happen To Captured Super Villains?
    Arazoo Ferozan

    Thanks Nilab. I am glad you enjoyed.

    X-Men, an Excluded Universe: the Changing Cultural Indication of 'the Superhero'
    Arazoo Ferozan

    Thank you, Jenny. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

    X-Men, an Excluded Universe: the Changing Cultural Indication of 'the Superhero'
    Arazoo Ferozan

    Great take on gender division and its portrayal on TV. Specifically, I like your arguments on the Mary Tyler Moore show. We can still see this gender division even on the modern shows that try to demonstrate a balance of equality. To a degree, it makes us realize how embedded these ideas are within our society.

    Reinforcing the Traditional Patriarchal ideologies through Situation Comedies
    Arazoo Ferozan

    Asif, I think it is important that we are respectful of other people’s opinion. We are all professionals and ethical people in this network and must respect each other. There are many ways to show your agreement and disagreement with a topic than insulting the author who has worked really hard to put this piece together or the people who take the time to read and present their own thought.

    What The Audience Got Wrong About "Gone Girl"
    Arazoo Ferozan

    A wonderful take on the film and audience’s perception of a topic that clearly shows gender disparity. I have recently listened to a segment on CBC radio that discussed normalization of violence against women. It is the horror and gore of violence that shocks and attracts the audience, rather than understanding the emotions of women themselves. Good work.

    What The Audience Got Wrong About "Gone Girl"