Rowena Chandler

Rowena Chandler

English Language and Literature major at the University of Windsor. I'm into a lot of different movies, books, and games, and look to write about a spectrum of topics

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Romanticism Vs. Neo-Classicism: Which Movement is More Moving?

Scholars of literature have argued over Romanticism and Neo-Classicism as one happens to follow the other in writing movements, though the two are starkly different from each other. A huge shift in narrative expression, especially in poetry, is seen as written works shift from the garnished Neo-Classist to the emotional Romantic. Which style is truly more moving to the audience: The grandiose and otherworldly descriptions in Neo-Classicism, or the human and personal confession of Romanticism? Most would say Romanticism as it is easier to relate to for the audience. Rather than describe something as untouchable by all else and remove the audience from the piece (which is what Neo-Classicism tends to do), Romanticism brings the audience in and puts them in the poem or story with the speaker. An audience is more easily moved when they are emotionally and personally engaged.

  • I think this could be an interesting topic, to try to compare several poets from each movement and see what the pros and cons of different styles add up to. However, what is potentially problematic is just how subjective enjoying, or being moved by, poetry/literature is. Most people will simply have personal reactions to different authors and poets, and this could cross the lines of the movements and be from opposite ends of these aesthetic philosophies. This could be interesting though, if the author elaborated on what he/she finds moving from different poets! – Claire 4 years ago
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  • I think this is a very valid topic. I would include the effects of the sublime when it comes to art when you talk about these two eras, especially Romanticism. The sublime connects to a person's emotions and their ability to remove themselves from the situation and think about why the art effects them. – aeolsen17 4 years ago
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The Pokemon Go Craze: Good or Bad?

Pokemon Go! is a revolutionary gaming app that has taken the world by storm. Many say the app is a positive influence on our lazy society; the app gets people outside and active, as well as encourages conversation and interaction between strangers. However, some say the craze is having a negative effect on communities with obsessed Pokemon Goers trespassing on property, getting hit by cars and even causing accidents while playing behind the wheel. Is this app truly a benefit to the gaming world or is it too much of a hindrance on everyone else?

  • ^^^ummm, maybe I should learn how to "world," ( which should be word) my comments more concisely :-) – danielle577 4 years ago
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  • Very timely. – Tigey 4 years ago
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  • Interesting topic! You might want to mention the new update, which makes it impossible to play the game while in the car (or even running, to an extent). If you go faster than a moderately paced walk the game now freezes and says "You're going too fast! Are you a passenger?" and restarts. – Lauren Mead 4 years ago
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Child Actors: Doomed To Personal Turmoil?

More and more these days we see actors who started out young growing up into very troubled people. Lindsey Lohan, Shia LeBeouf, Amanda Bynes, Demi Lovato; they all have their share of craziness and major obstacles they’ve had to try to overcome. Is this pattern of child actors going bad related to their career starting out early? Is growing up in the film industry influencing the outcome of these actors’ mental health and habits?

  • I feel that you could world your topic a bit more concisely to add to the flow of the wording. For example: "More and more these days we see actors who started out young growing up into very troubled people," -->"It is very common to see child actors grow into troubled adults." It's the same thought, just simplified. I like this topic, as it is discussed, but more so on the gossip platforms, and it would be interesting to hear what people that truly have a love for cinema and television have to say on this topic. I look forward to reading more on this topic! – danielle577 4 years ago
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  • Don't forget Tatum O'Neal. I met her. Very unpleasant. Hopefully she's better now. – Tigey 4 years ago
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  • The Harry Potter crowd - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint - are a good example of child actors who didn't get ruined by their own fame and success. Meanwhile, one of the most startling and tragic story is Drew Barrymore's. – Tarben 4 years ago
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  • It's extremely thoughtful but challenging. It's difficult to dig the topic into deep.There are lots of reasons which devastate child actors' life, while nearly no authorized research or paper explores reasons why their mental health devastate. You might refer to the phenomenon of Tiger Parent. But it only exists within prodigy. It's really hard to examine the core issues which leads them to diminish their career and even their health and habits. – moonyuet 4 years ago
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  • I'm fascinated by this topic, and it's the family side, not the acting side, that draws me. Moonyuet's insightful comment made me think of chess prodigy, Bobby Fischer, who, because of his hatred for his mother, became anti-Semitic and likely insane. For Fischer, it seems hatred consumed his sanity; I wonder, for these others, what imbalance(s) messed them up and if and how their parents may have unintentionally fostered their child's problems. – Tigey 4 years ago
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DC vs Marvel Movie Franchises: Is It an Actual Competition?

Everyone knows Marvel has been wildly successful with their series of superhero movies from Iron Man, to Thor, to Captain America, to the assembling of the Avengers. Even small name heroes and groups from Marvel are successful in their own movies such as Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. DC on the other hand has failed to make anything of widespread acceptance and appreciation from a mass audience. Man of Steel flopped, and Dark Knight Rising did alright at best. Superman Vs Batman had so much hype built around it, and yet people say the movie was terrible. Does DC stand a chance against the overwhelming popularity and love for Marvel Movies? Is there hope with sections of Marvel doing terrible, such as with certain X-Men movies, the Spiderman movies, and the Fantastic Four movies?

  • Don't forget that certain Marvel properties, such as X-Men and Fantastic Four, aren't actually produced under the ownership of Marvel Studios but Fox. You can still link in how this affects Marvel's reputation and strategy though. – J.P. Shiel 4 years ago
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  • Lately, every six months or so DC comes out with a straight-to-DVD (Blu-ray) animated short movie (eg. Justice League, Batman) appealing to a target audience in a niche in which Marvel has little presence. This niche is not as lucrative as Marvel movies though. Another example is The Justice League and Batman having their own video games, though perhaps licensed to Warner Bros., still DC stories and themes live on. It is worth noting these DC based works however, as mentioned earlier Marvel still reaps in the shear revenue bulk with its movies as well as pop-culture territory.Returning to DC themes, I just want to add that DC (Detective Comics) deals with the seedy, dark side of humanity/societies as expected from any detective tale. These themes are different from typical supernatural, nearly immaculate Marvel hero representations. This appeals to some audience groups even though the movies aren't as spectacular as Marvel's.Thanks. – perscott 4 years ago
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Rowena Chandler

That’s a really interesting view that I’ve never considered, she’s not one or the other but a marriage of the two. Insightful!

CL's Attempt at a Western Audience: Ambition or Folly?
Rowena Chandler

BoA’s Western release is what got me into K-Pop, she was the first Korean artist I was exposed to and I love her Western songs as well. I wish she had been marketed better because she has a J-Lo feel to her that would’ve fared well here.

CL's Attempt at a Western Audience: Ambition or Folly?
Rowena Chandler

You’re acting like these girls don’t have a choice when they do – they seek out these companies, audition, and sign their contracts, or their parents do. They are pursuing their dream, these girls agree to this lifestyle. Is it inhumane? Yes, but girls agreeing to it and seeking it out is also part of the problem. You’re also very naive to think that K-Pop is the only section of the entertainment industry in the world to treat singers this way, it happens everywhere, on every continent. The problem is on a much grander scale and people all around the world still agree to it and buy into it. Also keep in mind a lot of these companies aren’t billionaires right off the bat and it takes an obscene amount of money to debut a group. The girls will be given poor living conditions if the company is just starting out since that’s all they can afford, which isn’t a surprise to the trainees. Nor is the hectic schedule. Nor are the diets, that’s the biggest one that happens everywhere. Do these conditions need to change? Absolutely, but you can’t just sit there and pin it all on the companies or on K-Pop. The issue is more complex than that.

CL's Attempt at a Western Audience: Ambition or Folly?
Rowena Chandler

Of course not! Please do, I wish you luck on your thesis!

K-Pop on YouTube: How the Platform Has Made it Global
Rowena Chandler

Indeed! They put a lot of emphasis on roles in the groups. I find that some groups have fallen into cookie cutter templates with their songs however, namely EXID. Each song is the same formula with Solji and Hyerin splitting the chorus, Hani and Junghwa sharing a verse or two and LE doing a verse of rap and the hooks. I think the system is becoming too formulated in that sense and songs are starting to mirror each other too much that way.

K-Pop on YouTube: How the Platform Has Made it Global
Rowena Chandler

I used to follow EYK and enjoyed their reviews on K-Pop, though I found them after I was already in the realm of K-pop.

Allkpop is becoming a lot more opinion based rather than factual as of late and it’s gone to the point of being unprofessional. Recently two articles by the same writer were published ranking the top ten most overrated and underrated female K-pop idols and the way the writer went about her articles was honestly quite despicable. I wouldn’t recommend Allkpop as a source for K-pop news, I’d suggest Soompi over it.

K-Pop on YouTube: How the Platform Has Made it Global
Rowena Chandler

It’s not for everyone, but at least you gave it a listen! Thank you for that 🙂

K-Pop on YouTube: How the Platform Has Made it Global
Rowena Chandler

Yup! Big emphasis on colour!

K-Pop on YouTube: How the Platform Has Made it Global