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    The idealization of your significant other

    In 500 Days of Summer, we see how Tom exalts Summer and puts her on a pedestal. From the beginning, she explains she isn’t interested in a formal relationship, but he falls in love with her anyways, and he expects the feeling to be reciprocated. When she doesn’t correspond him, he is devastated.

    Many people get terribly hurt because they create an idealization of their significant other. We are all human, hence, none of us are perfect. However, we still strive to achieve what is best. Do romantic films shape us into thinking we have to find "the one"?

    I’m not saying we should be conformists with any person that appears into our lives, but to an extent, what is –or should be — the limit to measure what is best or who is "the one"?

    • The "ideal" significant other is an extremely interesting subject to explore. There is a really interesting theory posted on YouTube that explores the link between parental figures and adult attraction. They theorize that attraction is determined by behaviours exhibited by the adults present during childhood. For better or for worse, there is a certain amount of comfort that comes with being around something familiar, be that a parent's supportive or emotionally distant nature. That might be an interesting topic if it can be mixed in with how ideal partners are explored in the film. – maticusarts 2 years ago
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    • It would be good to link this to abusive and toxic relationships in society ... those parallels would work well :) – Zohal99 2 years ago
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    • This is a great idea for an article! Maybe you could tie in how accessible romantic connections are in the modern age? How can we commit to 'one' when there are an infinate number of 'ones' out there? Also internet dating often takes away accountability, allowing people to 'ghost' with incredible ease. We are at once desperate to find the idealised relationship of films and unwilling to face the realities of a monogamous relationship. – elizask 2 years ago
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    Kids and Youtube

    It is interesting how nowadays technology has revolutionized the way children play. Children are engaging – more and more, day by day- in watching other children play on Youtube videos rather than playing with their own toys. Is it considerable that by doing this children become less social, do not excel well with hands-on learning, lack of imagination, develop motor skills slower than children who play with their own toys or play games non involving technology?

    • I think context is important - for example, people say the same thing about video games, but it was one of the only was I was social as a child. Looking at the reasons why a child might be spending a lot of time watching videos or how they interact with them would be important to note. – LoganG 2 years ago
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    • This is an interesting topic that ties in to larger conversations about the effect of an increase in voyeurism that has appeared through the proliferation of the internet and social media. On the surface, it doesn't seem too much different than a super keen football fan that never misses a game all season. However, this phenomenon seems particular to a younger demographic. I doubt there is much research that has examined this question, but perhaps there is some information on the psychological effects of compulsive reality TV or sports watching that could translate. On the surface, the answer to your question seems to intuitively be "yes" - but there may be other skills that they are developing through the act of watching and being involved in that community which may well be valued at some point in the future. Either way, a fascinating topic to explore that has links to all sorts of larger societal questions (so much so that it might almost need to be scoped down more!). – petethicke 2 years ago
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    For me, writing is a long process – a beautiful one – but still too long. For example, when writing fiction. I love the rush of getting all these ideas swarming through my brain, and I don’t know if I should speak them out and record them, or write them down, or act them out! The excitement is so heavy that I cannot even describe it. I wish I could paint my thoughts into pages, but I’m barely good at drawing stick-mans

    The "Write" Way

    Netflix has created such an impact in our culture that it is considered that regular cable TV may go obsolete in the future not so far away. Netflix has revolutionized the way this generation watches series, anime, films, etc. Even I stopped watching regular cable TV!

    Netflix and Impact

    Usually, I prefer to watch subbed anime. It is true that reading the subtitles may be distracting, and the viewer may lose focus on an important detail of the show. However, I still prefer the subbed version because whatever show, may it be a soap opera, a movie, anime, or any other type of visual entertainment, in its native language, it seems to capture and transmit a genuine emotion. Whereas a dubbed version projects a more neutralized expression. It may be that I’m just biased, but as a bilingual person, that’s how I see it.

    Are you a Sub or a Dub?