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    Are podcasts changing how we talk about serious problems

    Podcasts are becoming more and more popular, and many are hosted by comedians, even though their show’s topics range from murder to history. Is this candid, improvised, and comedic take on these more serious topics changing the way that we discuss them or even deal with them in our daily lives?

    • Is this focused solely on podcasts by comedians? Might be helpful to draw a contrast between the followers of a podcast like OnBeing vs those who follow a podcast from a comedian, and how we get different consumers to relate to the same news (like CNN vs The Daily Show) by packaging and presenting it differently (like traditional news vs comedy). – Nate OcĂ©an 5 years ago
    • I think drawing a contrast like that would be really interesting, both types of show generate conversation, but I think they change perception and how we interact with the facts presented. That seems like a great take on this – boldlygone 4 years ago

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    Great analysis. This story as a whole is somewhat similar to a Christian redemption arc: seeking God, facing temptation, and through living well, reaching ultimate Christian salvation. It’s a strange sort of allegory for people, who, according to Christian teaching, are cut off from God through original sin, and through baptism, seeking, and living a “moral” life can find God eventually. So I agree that Anderson’s Christian worldview is foundational for this story, and every step of the mermaid’s journey is meant to be a step on his view of how life should be lived.

    In Defense of the Conclusion to "The Little Mermaid"

    Really interesting article. I would add that there is something to be said for the fact that so many of these paintings play on the viewer as the subject being viewed, leading to the question of revelation versus interruption. Thomas’s painting seems to be angry in its use of color, expression, and medium in a way that Titian’s Venus is not, a fact that is reinforced by the woman revealing her arm in the background and the semi-public setting. Titian’s Venus of Urbino seems to say we are given a revealed image, something echoed in the other featured artists’ paintings. They place their women in domestic settings, traditionally placed controlled by women, with even prostitutes representing a version of this, though perhaps presented in a way that reveals the growing unease in how women are perceived and in their changing roles in society. Perhaps Thomas and even, to an extent, Schiele’s women touch on true liberation of the female figure. Their women exist outside of the male gaze, they are not passive creatures allowing themselves to be seen. Rather Scheile’s seems perhaps conflicted but nonetheless boldly exploratory outside of the need or desire for a man’s touch or gaze, and Thomas’s woman glares at us, sharply confronting and shaming our gaze.
    Sorry its such a long comment!

    Painters Who Challenged the Conventional Female Nude

    Agreed–DC is riding on the back of Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise, and is trying to recreate that look and feel in each of the successive movies, Green Lantern being the exception. What audiences are showing though, is that they’d rather have something that’s closer to what Green Lantern attempted to get at–a relatable, fun, character driven movie. That’s what made Marvel’s movies successful. That, and the fact that their movies feel, on the whole, to be fleshed out, well thought out, and made by people that enjoy the characters as much as we do. DC needs to step up its game and stop trying to remake the whole cinematic universe in the image and tone of the failed New 52.

    The Success of Marvel Movies and Why DC Falls Short