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    Petitions and Internet Rallies for Altering Products

    Recently, the online outcry over the horrific design of Sonic and the very poor execution of Game of Thrones’ final season lead to a) a total redesign of Sonic commissioned by the film studio and b) over a million people signing a petition request a complete re-make of the final Game of Thrones season. This seems to be a new trend; people massing online to demand corporations adapt a piece of art (I know it seems a bit iffy to call the Sonic movie art, but hey, what else is it?) post production to suit consumer needs. What does this trend signify? How could it go wrong? Should we really have this power? Is it democratization, or making us somehow even more subservient to capital? Could be cool.

    • Since seeing these responses to Sonic and GoT, I had a very similar reaction, and I would love to see this topic explored more fully. I think the question of creator vs audience power would provide the best, narrowed focus if someone chose to approach the topic with depth instead of breadth. The pressure of the audience can be intense for creators, especially when they are working with franchises that have such a large following, and I imagine this has an impact on the process of creation and final quality of the art itself. Artists compromising their visions to cater to the demands of the large portions of the public could set a dangerous precedent in which art becomes more of a product with the intention of making the most money by reaching the most people instead of reaching them with a new perspective, idea, or story that means something more than the dollars and cents. Excellent topic! – Aaron 1 year ago
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    • Part of the reason GoT ended the way it did was to showcase the tyrannical nature of power, regardless of gender, with Dany representing a feminist sentiment and, though valiant in her acts, ultimately becomes corrupted by absolute power. Maybe touch on how even though this message may have meant to be informative about absolute power corrupting absolutely, it was still a political message that made the show seem weak in the end by focusing more on a political angle. This could also comment on overarching moral in good stories vs. political ideals. – Emiris 11 months ago
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    This is amazing work. I think one of the coolest most accessible ways for men to learn about feminism and misogyny is to study horror films and critiques/analyses of them.

    It strikes me the Hereditary might be a fantastic example of the Dysfunctional Mother. I would love to hear your thoughts on the film!!

    Maternal Horror Films: Understanding the 'Dysfunctional' Mother

    You could, I think, read AI (alongside the development of scifi since 1945) as the inevitable result of the atomic bomb.

    This is especially relevant to the discourse about war here. Nuclear weapons made large scale, protracted ground campaigns essentially irrelevant. First, they’re role as ‘deterrents,’ second; if you are going to lose a million men in on year of fighting modern warfare, why not lose a million in a minute instead and have the war done with, at a fraction of the price and logistics?

    There thus comes a need for warfare without cost (at least in terms of life). If warfare can become the domain of AI, nuclear weapons in turn become irrelevant. Opposing forces can fight a completely autonomous mechanized conflict; whoever is the last machine standing is able to present such a threat to the other country’s economy/populace that their enemy would have to concede. Economically then, AI presents a very real, very genuine possibility of forever war, and as a direct consequence of the development of nuclear warfare!

    Artificial Intelligence and The Robotic Red Herring

    This is great. Horror has always been the realm of the in-between; providing lush opportunities to examine intersections, confusions, and liminalities. The comic book aspect of Blade then takes it to such an exaggerated level that these intersections become deeply woven into and central to the story.

    There’s an aspect of camp here I really love; solemn politics viewed through the lens of a vampire superhero story. Really interesting stuff.

    Blade and the Power of Liminal Privilege