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Japanese VS. American Storytelling: What Each Does Better Than The Other
The title–which could seriously be reworked–kind of says it all. Despite the concept being somewhat shallow, it would be fairly interesting to see someone tackle this topic and go as in-depth as they can with it. Purely examining Japanese media–such as anime, cinema, television shows in general–and American media–cartoons, cinema, and, again, television shows in general–it appears that each culture brings something unique to the table. But what is that unique thing/things? Is one truly better than the other? And how do you define better? Clearer, more concise themes? More universality and acceptance by a broader audience? These are aspects of both entertainment cultures that could be seriously explored and exhausted in a well-written article.
The Rise of LOLRANDOM HUMOR And What It Means For Creators And Consumers Alike
With the advent of not only the Internet, but content-creating parties based entirely in the web, a new type of humor has arisen: LOLRANDOM HUMOR. LOLRANDOM HUMOR, so aptly named by one of my friends, is oftentimes a blitzkrieg of images, sounds, non-sequitur tactics, and other various "wacky" items from the grab-bag of Internet Comedy. Examples of this kind of humor can be seen in Vines, popular YouTube Comedy Channels, and virtually any message board of the World Wide Web. With this kind of comedy becoming so prolific, what could it entail for the future of humor, at least in pop culture, as a whole? Is this brand of humor harmless, or could it be the marker of the end of what we know as comedy today? Analyze what this could do to both up-and-coming content creators and consumers alike, and discuss whether or not this kind of humor is destined to be a simple characteristic of contemporary culture that is sure to give way to something else, or if it’s around to stay for good.