Richard

Richard

Paul Butland is a contributing writer for The Artifice. He is a supporter of the arts and creative literature.

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    Why the Film & TV Entertainment Industry Has Influenced Lifestyles and Human Behaviour in the 20th Century

    The movie and TV entertainment industry throughout the 20th Century has given happiness and relief from monotony in everyday life. Entertainment affects culture and improves the economy by creating employment for talented creative people. Most of all, people enjoy movies, media, and the escape this provides from the everyday grind of working and living their lives. Entertainment is also a powerful remedy for anxiety and depression, which improves mental health and well-being.

    The author of this article could draw upon various forms of the movie and TV entertainment industry that have influenced our culture and attitudes over the past 80 years. Secondly, it might be notable to discuss issues surrounding mental health and well-being, which are essential because watching movies can improve cognition and memory. Finally, films and TV have also had cultural impacts, such as creating or reinforcing societal stereotypes. Although media creates stereotypes about specific cultures, this topic could take the audience’s perspective on how certain stereotypes in our culture might have been avoided through informative documentaries, television, and movies.

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      The Relevancy of Beowulf in the 21st Century

      The poem Beowulf is relevant today primarily because of its traditional and ancient theme of the battle between good and evil. In today’s world, we still fight monsters in the form of tyrants or greedy and selfish people who can harm others. The characters of Beowulf, Grendel, and Grendel’s Mother are models of many types of fiction, such as King Arthur, the Movie Enchanted, and Mulan. The same issues that plagued society at the time of Beowulf are still relevant today. This topic would be interesting for comparing society and culture from a thousand years ago when it was written to the literature of the modern world.

      The author of this article might analyze the characters and monsters of Beowulf and write about how these reflect the underlying demons and frightening problems in our lives. But instead, this ancient and powerful poem is as entertaining and compelling today as in ancient times, teaching us to fight evil and be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

      • Relevance can also be extended in the archetypes of Beowulf, Grendel, and Grendel's Mother. Characters who parallel or draw from them can be seen in many forms of fiction. – Sunni Ago 2 months ago
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      • They can also discuss how Beowulf has influenced other works and set a precedent, thus making it still enjoyable since it’s contemporaries are also enjoyed – Anna Samson 3 weeks ago
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      The Mystery Behind The Influence of Instagram And The Popular Culture Industry?

      Analyze how Instagram influences humans and the popular culture industry. Has this fueled our addiction to the fan-based product industry through the impact of social media? For example, Selena Gomez is one of the most popular Instagram influencers in the music industry today. She has over 400 million followers on Instagram and Facebook. She has worked with many major brands such as Adidas NEO, Pantene, and Coca-Cola. Artists and Influencers brand their products differently today on social media than when television was popular. Platforms like Instagram have produced more fake branding and advertisement than ever; compared to TV in the past, social media seems to have sponsored fan-based products on an enormous scale, and many artists/influencers have "sold out" to consumer franchising. Product placement is highly prevalent in today’s world. Although social media is excellent for connecting people and selling products, it is controlled by executives who make decisions on product placement, creating a culture of consumption and distraction with no end. What can we do to save humanity from consuming fan-based products, and how are social media influencers like Instagram over-promoting consumption for society? – Richard

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        The Influence of Social Media Marketing on Artists

        Analyze how artists and entrepreneurs use social Media Marketing. How have platforms like Facebook and Instagram transformed the way artists communicate and market their products. How can the art world benefit from social media, and what are the disadvantages of doing business online?

        • It's a fascinating subject. As provided, I believe it is quite broad. It should be more explicit and concrete, taking into account relevant case studies. Finally, it may be beneficial to specify why such an examination is required. – Samer Darwich 7 months ago
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        • You need to be more specific. Pick 2 or 3 examples of social media marketing that used a good creative campaign and how this was received by the audience. And maybe 2 or 3 examples of bad campaigns that, despite aiming to be trendsetters as well as using creative innovation, received a backlash for not being able to read the room and be sensible. – Dani CouCou 7 months ago
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        • I would also look at the added responsibility that social media marketing lays on artists. Artists are now often both full-time artists and marketers, which can wear them thin if they don't have the opportunity to outsource. – dallykay 6 months ago
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        • Artists are likely to be "kidnapped" by the audience, because if they do not cater to the audience's own work will not be taken seriously. – Bruce 1 week ago
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        This article makes an interesting point about writers’ renditions of superheroes in comics and movies inspiring people and teaching valuable lessons to children. However, if superheroes could change the world, they might become overly powerful, resulting in disastrous consequences for humankind.

        Why Don't Superheroes Change the World?
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        Interesting how this author compares restorative and reflective nostalgia. The accumulation of wealth leads to reckless behaviour in America; JFK as a black man, represented in Lana Del Rey’s video, “National Anthem,” shows how culture and society in America have changed, but the underlying power structure of the rich and powerful remains.

        "National Anthem” by Lana Del Rey as a Commentary on American Nationalism and Political Structures
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        This is an interesting article that points out how the writer of the show “The Office” draws references from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey for much of the story. There is the call to adventure in the office, the challenges to the main character, the sacrifices made, and finally, the return journey where the office company establishes the new status quo. We see David, the main character or ‘hero,’ transformed into a leader by inspiring loyalty and team spirit in his co-workers. This show has well-rounded characters and tells a classic coming-of-age story.

        The Unsung Hero of the British Office
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        Thanks anyways, I keep trying. – Richard

        Writing in Isolation during a global pandemic
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        Thank you for the nice comment. I’ve never thought of self-publishing, but that sounds like a great way to get my writing out into the world. Writing takes time and work! – Richard

        Writing in Isolation during a global pandemic
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        This article starts with an excellent example of gaslighting from the story Cinderella. We can see how kind and generous people are often taken advantage of by manipulative cruel villains. I agree women don’t have an equal voice in today’s world; society needs more heroes to speak out for the less fortunate.

        Disney Heroines and Gaslighting
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        I’m not a fan of Booktok, but I love reading books anyways. The fact that Booktok sold 825 million books in 2021 makes it one of the most successful online platforms. Making books accessible to everybody through social media is a new and exciting way of encouraging people to read.

        BookTok Influencers and Their Impact on the Publishing Industry
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        The qualities of honour, sacrifice, and martyrdom are still evident in today’s fantasy writing from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Old Celtic legends have been passed on through generations with stories like Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Macbeth.’ Perhaps drawing from these ancient sources still entertains readers and provides moral and ethical lessons for all age groups.

        Fantasy Writing and The Middle Ages to The Renaissance