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bshoalz

Bshoalz is Reid Kurkerewicz, a writer who is soon to finish his undergraduate degree in English and Journalism at University of Wisconsin. He has an interest in "feelings."

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Baldness as a Symbol of Power in Breaking Bad

Analyse what shaved heads/baldness might mean in relation to power structures in Breaking Bad. Why are so many of the characters in seats of power bald, and what does it mean when both Walt and Jessie shave their heads? How does this theme interact with cancer, arguably the shows most powerful antagonist?

  • Interesting observation, but one could even take it further to other AMC original series. For example, in S02E03 of The Walking Dead, Shane shaves his head immediately after killing Otis, to cover up where his hair was torn during the struggle. The scene is very reminiscent of Walt shaving his head in S01E06 of Breaking Bad, as both circumstances signify these characters' shifts to the "dark side" (so to speak). – ProtoCanon 7 months ago
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  • Interesting point...I would have never thought to connect those dots. – MikeySheff 7 months ago
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  • On the other hand, the follically challenged - Walt, Gus, Hank - all died, while the hirsute Jesse and Saul made the cut. – Tigey 7 months ago
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bshoalz

Yeah I can see an argument about precedence of warnings around image culture and our obsession with images over perhaps more complex mediums. But I think the novel’s also very much about how people consume information, and censorship is a vital part of understanding that message because it is the confluence of the individual and society in regards to information.

Furthermore, Bradbury shows that just because something is a book doesn’t mean it’s inherently better than an image, and this point comes through Captain Beatty. Like for the extremely well read Nazi’s, literature alone was unable to make people better people. So I think there can still be failures in the way books are consumed. There could be and has been really good television that makes people grow and enhance;s their understanding of themselves, and there are plenty of books that do the opposite.

Fahrenheit 451: What’s In a Tale?
bshoalz

Isn’t it explicitly about all of those things?

Fahrenheit 451: What’s In a Tale?
bshoalz

Isn’t it explicitly about all of those things?

Fahrenheit 451: What’s In a Tale?
bshoalz

I think of the Pokemon/human relationship as symbiotic. They seem to need each other, and at least in the modern Pokemon world, avoid war through cathartic sport and prevent natural disaster by working together.

Pokémon and the Animals in Captivity Debate
bshoalz

Interesting to think how video games are used in the classroom besides as literature. Beyond simple spelling and math games, there was a CD-Rom game called “Hollywood” in my elementary classrooms where a kid could create a simple scene from a selected batch of characters. That might have been one of my earliest encounters with a simple form of storytelling.

On the topic of video games in the classroom – besides the stigma, we also must consider that if we consider video games “Art” then it is an art form that is very much in infancy. It is important to remember that we still have many teachers who were teaching before video games even really existed. To delve into the deeper meanings, we need teachers steeped in the medium in the first place. The novel took decades to be considered fine art, I don’t see why video games as an art form wouldn’t also need some time to mature. Not to mention that video games as an artistic medium have had little to no time to exist outside of their commodification. We are only beginning what seems to be a golden age of independent game developers.

Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
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I wonder if there’s been a study assessing the effects of American violence culture on non-Americans.

Tarantino Speaks Out: Police Brutality vs. Cinematic Violence