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Interracial Representation in Popular American Imagination

Miscegenation in the United States is a social taboo stretching back to early colonial North America. At first, Puritan theology condemned its practice. With the institutionalizing of slavery, the racial-caste system crystalized such divisions segregating specifically black-white sexual union. Subsequently from the religious to pseudo-scientific racism, eugenics further legislated such prohibitions. By the twentieth century, the effects of Jim Crow laws restricted the spirit of artistic license by suppressing interracial imageries. With the arrival of motion pictures, the Hays Code firmly enforced anti-miscegenation guidelines in popular Hollywood film. While a knee-jerk assumption is to summon pervasive binary between black and white miscegenation, the article proposes examples of all diverse mixing of racial and ethnic categories. Meanwhile, it explores a variety of interrelated questions. How are interracial romances treated in recent popular culture across the varying artistic mediums? What elements of interracial relationships are censured? What does such specific excising say about our society? In contemporary United States, what are considered the more acceptable pairing[s] of interracial couples and why?

  • A few grammatical errors here, but not a cause for rejection. – m-cubed 4 years ago
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  • Sounds interesting. There has been a shift in inter-racial portrayals. Good topic. – Munjeera 4 years ago
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  • I love this topic. I do agree with you and understand why this is a topic of interest. – daefray24 4 years ago
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  • I definitely want to read this! Even as recently as this year, the backlash towards film and television that shows interracial relationships proves there is still work to be done. Might be good for someone to hone in on one type of media, whether it be comic book films, music videos, dystopian literature etc. Your discussion points are really interesting and complex, I hope there are some takers. – Zujaja 4 years ago
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Youtube Vloggers: Redressing Asian-American Representation in the Digital Age

Justified aggrievances have been raised of the sparse –or narrowly stereotyped depiction– of Asians in the entertainment media. While recently there’s been slow traction in seeing Asian faces in traditional filmic and televisual roles, Hollywood has been reluctant in portraying multi-dimensionally complex Asian characters. But with the accessibility of YouTube, content production has been much more democratized, allowing particularly Asian-American vloggers to present multi-faceted personas. YouTube allows Asian-American personalities to channel their aspirations, without the consent of the gatekeepers standing watching at the Hollywood studio system. In many ways, Asian-American vloggers are using YouTube as a Third Space. Rejecting traditional forms of media and tritely scripted clichés, they are finding an alternative space through YouTube in expressing the diverse complexion of Asian-American identities.

  • This piece would absolutely soar if the writer was able to land some interviews with a few vloggers. Even by email would be great -- hearing from them directly would be a sure-fire way to elevate this past your average think-piece. – bloom 4 years ago
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  • I would be very interested in seeing this topic put together and agree with bloom that a collection of interviews could potentially bring this piece to the next level. – derBruderspielt 3 years ago
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minylee

It’s only apt that Amazon acquired Twitch. Amazon will spin off the non-video-game channels on Twitch, such as cooking and music. They’ll respectively expand each themed channel into its larger individual multiverses within its already growing platform.

Not long ago, I found a function in one of Amazon’s tabs that locates the exact date when I first signed up for the website. For me, it was 18 years ago. I was surprised to see that most of my early purchases were books. But you probably just heard me smack my head with my hand, because Amazon began exclusively selling books. Yes, there was a time Amazon was only synonymous with online retailing of that ancient relic. They later discovered the secret recipe of its supply-chain of books can be transferable to any material-based thing existing in our reality, from pins to an industrial-sized lathe (yes, you can actually purchase it on Amazon).

Prior to its acquisition, Amazon realized, “hey! not only can we market video games on Twitch, we can market any product/service via the content-streaming platform. They once asked of their supply-chain system, why stop at books? Now, with Twitch, they’re contemplating why stop at video games? You can already hear the foundations being laid out on Twitch to expand its other non-video-game channels.

Like Amazon with books, your children will one day laugh at Twitch as once being only a video-game streaming website.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

As someone mentioned before in relation to Twitch, YouTube is more constrained by some hurdles in monetizing content. Casey Neistat has already lectured on YouTube’s algorithm for sieving content that can be monetized. Off the cuff, when YouTubers insert copyrighted material (however minimal), YouTube is concerned for obvious litigious reasons that the small slice of the lifted content would lead to lawsuits.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

Indeed. Both Twitch and YouTube are not merely the product, but it is the marketplace. Moreover, the audience is the actor of the content and vice versa.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

I agree. But I’d imagine it’s also a matter of finding the one game you can tolerate playing on a near daily basis.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

Again, something new you learn everyday. One of the designations for all those facial emoticons punctuating the chat section is “Kappa.” In this case, the face of Josh DeSeno.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

H1Z1 tournament aired on the CW Network on Thursday. An e-sports tournament actually aired on prime-time television.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

Your reply is quite apt, because just yesterday, Twitch unlocked its new Affiliate program for their non-partnered streamers so they can access cheering (virtual tipping) to make money. The more user friendly Twitch is for streamers to generate profit-based contents, the greater the distance its competitors are left behind.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games
minylee

Traditional organized contact sports that are televised (via cable/satellite) will slowly adapt to live side-by-side with e-sports. While Twitch streams large international tournaments centered on flagship game titles, I have a feeling ESPN will launch a channel dedicated to e-sports. E-sports is literally the wild west, with a handful of multimedia and telecommunication companies exploiting a relatively untouched market.

Twitch: Gamers Selling Games