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    The Modern Attempt to be Old-Fashioned

    Analyze the ideology behind attempting to capitalize on nostalgia and how it has effected the film industry. This includes remakes, Quentin Tarantino, and the B-list aesthetic.

    • This is absolutely everywhere, and is a super broad, big idea in my opinion--a really good one!--but definitely too big to effectively analyze in one article. A more narrow focus (like remakes, Tarantino, B-aesthetic, etc.) following a broad intro to the overall topic might be more successful and ultimately more exciting/enjoyable to read. For sure a pervasive part of the zeitgeist that many people would be interested in and probably benefit from, haha. – skohan 4 years ago
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    • I think this would be a great and interesting article. I have definitely noticed how modern culture has adopted a love for old things. It's very fashionable to wear certain things that clearly have a relation to old-fashioned styles. Music also has been taking a lot of older styles and bringing them to the surface again. It would be cool to discuss the influence on music and clothing, not just film. But those could be separate articles, even, because you could go into great detail about each thing. – Wordmaster 4 years ago
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    • I would say that the capitalization on nostalgia is due to a longing for the "good old days". I feel that a majority of the population sees the world as a hectic, overwhelming place, while the "old days" were a much simpler time. The next generation always falls short of the previous generation's expectations, and the next generation always longs for the perceived simplicity of the previous generation. It is a very circular view. I believe the use of this in film is simply an attempt to relate with this nostalgia. – DKdaVinci615 4 years ago
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    Good description of each of the games and I loved the way in which you merged it with the popes views. This poses an interesting point of conversation I think. How does religion interact with video games, and how will they in the future? Right now, there does not seem to much discussion on this matter but, as the gaming industry grows (and it is growing rapidly) there will undoubtedly be a point in which a conversation needs to be struck up. This is a great beginning to that conversation.

    What Would Jesus Play? (or, Gaming With the Pope)

    What a wonderful read. It was very thorough and your passion can clearly be read. As a biracial person this article spoke particularly well to me. I had a thought while reading this. Perhaps it isn’t just the lighter color of skin (though that is certainly important,) maybe there is a degree of cultural segregation at play as well. Being biracial, I grew up with two halves that inhabited two different worlds; family reunions of my black side were always far different than from my white side. Perhaps it is also the biracial’s understanding of white culture that allows them to be successful. Not necessarily on the screen per se, but behind it. In this light, minorities with a cultural understanding of white culture would have an undue upper hand.

    Exposing the Tragic Mulatta in Film

    An interesting essay. I take from this that the answer to the initial question is yes. I hope this correct. I noticed that, in the beginning, you mentioned that becoming a writer required both natural talent and what is learned. You later, however, did a sort of double-take and asserted that how you use your natural talent is learned. It is true that everyone has natural strength and weaknesses, and I agree that anyone can learn to play to their strength. What do you think of weaknesses though? Perhaps a large (maybe even larger) part of becoming a writer is about learning to cope with what you cannot do.

    Can you Teach Someone how to Become a Writer?