The Artifice https://the-artifice.com www.the-artifice.com Sun, 31 May 2020 20:03:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 The Portrayal of Small Towns in TV Shows https://the-artifice.com/the-portrayal-of-small-towns-in-tv-shows/ Sun, 31 May 2020 20:03:33 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/the-portrayal-of-small-towns-in-tv-shows/ I’ve been watching That 70s Show recently and noticed that their small town has a bad reputation, the after-graduation goal is to get out of the dead-end town. ‘Being someone’ means moving away from home. Then, I got to thinking, there are elements of this thinking in many other shows I have seen, Daria, Gilmore Girls, Community.
Is this prolific enough in TV shows to be considered a trend? Is there reason for this? Does the same ‘I need to get away from here’ thinking occur in characters born and raised in the city? Is this specific to American TV shows, or other countries’ shows too? Perhaps an article on this topic could offer a suggestion as to why the city is so romanticised?

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Shudder: All Horror All the Time https://the-artifice.com/shudder-all-horror-all-the-time/ Sun, 31 May 2020 18:44:49 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/shudder-all-horror-all-the-time/ Discuss the merits of the new streaming platform “Shudder,” which is essentially the Netflix of the horror and psychological thriller genre. There are many positive sides to the platform such as custom curated collections put together by famous horror movie buffs. There are also some limitations to the site and unexplored possibilities. This is a topic for the horror movie buff and perhaps the Shudder fan.

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Are Competition Shows Inherently Against Minorities? https://the-artifice.com/are-competition-shows-inherently-against-minorities/ Sat, 30 May 2020 19:46:52 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/are-competition-shows-inherently-against-minorities/ The impetus for this topic started because, during the pandemic, I’ve become rather hooked on Chopped and its iterations. One thing I’ve noticed about Chopped though, is a dearth of female competitors and winners. Many episodes have male chefs outnumbering females 3-1, and many episodes have the female chef eliminated in round one. Some fans have noted this happens even and especially if female judges outnumber male ones.

Then I started noticing this trend in other competition shows. For instance, I am a huge Jeopardy fan, and have noticed that men win much more often than women. Also, women can have winning streaks–some, like Julia Collins, have won as many as 20 games in a row. But this is nothing compared to the streaks of Ken Jennings (74), James Holzhauer (30 ), and other male players.

This got me thinking, women aren’t the only ones getting shortchanged. It’s fairly common, for instance, to see persons of Asian descent on Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but not other POCs. It’s becoming more common to see LGBTQ people in competition shows, but not as common as it could be (and those contestants also often lose). Also, while people with learning disabilities or “invisible” diseases such as celiac or diabetes do appear on cooking competitions, trivia competitions, and athletic competitions, it is completely unheard of for people with visible, physical disabilities or disabilities like autism to appear. (Of course, in the case of athletics, the argument is, “Well, we have Special Olympics/Paralympics,” but that’s problematic in itself).

Is this trend as prevalent as it appears? Is it changing in a positive or negative way? What could competitions, from sports to cooking to trivia, do to be more inclusive and welcoming? Discuss.

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Are video games getting unnecessarily cluttered? https://the-artifice.com/are-video-games-getting-unnecessarily-cluttered/ https://the-artifice.com/are-video-games-getting-unnecessarily-cluttered/#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 18:43:40 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/are-video-games-getting-unnecessarily-cluttered/ I am a big fan of the God of War and Metal Gear Solid video game series. I recently picked up God of War and The Phantom Pain on Ps4 and stopped playing after a couple of hours. When I say complicated, I do not mean the gameplay, per se. More like all the extra stuff you need to do that I find unnecessary. Why am I buying multiple AND different kinds of armor for Kratos? One for the leg, another for the torso? And trying to combine and upgrade stuff? I want the Kratos of previous games…I have one weapon and upgrade it as necessary. I want to play the video game for the story, and not spend hours trying to figure out what combination of armor and weapon that serves my current purpose. Anyone else feels like video games are cluttered with unneccessary time-wasting additions like that?

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How Has Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Impacted The Video Game Industry? https://the-artifice.com/how-has-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-impacted-the-video-game-industry/ Sat, 30 May 2020 09:59:18 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/how-has-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-impacted-the-video-game-industry/ Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a huge public health topic that has affected many facets of human life this year. One of the entertainment industries most affected by the virus has been the video game industry, which is a global, interconnected industry. A variety of conferences (like E3 and GDC) have been cancelled or postponed, cancellations of major E-Sports events and even game delays (Virtuos Studios recently delayed the Switch Port of Outer Worlds) due to complications related to the virus. Other thoughts would be to explore how Coronavirus disease will impact the production release of Next Gen consoles that are currently on the horizon.

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Who Will Be The Face of The MCU After The Departure of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark https://the-artifice.com/who-will-be-the-face-of-the-mcu-after-the-departure-of-steve-rogers-and-tony-stark/ Sat, 30 May 2020 04:09:56 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/who-will-be-the-face-of-the-mcu-after-the-departure-of-steve-rogers-and-tony-stark/ While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an ongoing, expanding film series, the original characters from Phase I remained key characters throughout the past ten years of film. In Avengers: Endgame, some of the major original characters completed their narrative arcs including Iron Man and Captain America. With the departure of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers, the MCU will need other characters to play a larger role in the overall narrative. Which new or existing characters will serve as the narrative focus for future phases of Marvel films? This article could discuss potential candidates for new corner stones of the MCU, as well as which characters have the most pressing character arcs that need to be resolved.

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Twenty-first century English Curriculum https://the-artifice.com/twenty-first-century-english-curriculum/ Sat, 30 May 2020 00:34:11 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/twenty-first-century-english-curriculum/ High school English curricula are filled with classics from centuries past. But, in a hypothetical high school curriculum that could ONLY include novels published in the twenty-first century, what would you choose? What considerations would need to be taken into account? What purpose would each text serve? Which genres are best/to be avoided? Is it possible to give a comprehensive education of literature without studying past texts? If so, why/why not?

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Could Manhwa become the main source for anime adaptions? https://the-artifice.com/could-manhwa-become-the-main-source-for-anime-adaptions/ Fri, 29 May 2020 13:01:50 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/could-manhwa-become-the-main-source-for-anime-adaptions/ Manhwa is a Korean term for comics, generally considered to be of lower quality than a manga, manhwa is starting to gain in popularity. Recently manhwa has become a source for adaption, with Tower of God being released and the God of High School coming up July (Both by Crunchyroll/MAPPA). Research and analyze the rise of manhwa as a source for anime adaptation. Can manhwa compete with manga? Is manhwa going to become a source primarily for American companies like Crunchyroll? Does the general quality of manhwa compare to manga matter?

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The Shining, and Shelley Duvall https://the-artifice.com/the-shining-and-shelley-duvall/ Fri, 29 May 2020 13:01:06 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/the-shining-and-shelley-duvall/ The Shining is a masterpiece horror, but Shelley Duvall, who plays Wendy Torrance had to go through a lot of stress while filming the climactic scene where Jack is attempting to hit her with a baseball bat as she ascends the stairs of the Overlook Hotel. To capture the character’s distress and fear, director Stanley Kubrick retook the scene multiple times, and made the actress feel distressed and isolated on set. Although this lead to capturing a powerful scene, where do we draw the line in our quest for making a masterpiece?

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Which antagonists deserve their own book and which do not? https://the-artifice.com/which-antagonists-deserve-their-own-book-and-which-do-not/ Fri, 29 May 2020 11:06:48 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/which-antagonists-deserve-their-own-book-and-which-do-not/ When Suzanne Collins announced that her new book would follow President Snow, the antagonist of the original Hunger Game series, there was uproar from select fans who had no trouble expressing their distaste for a prequel story that followed this character.

However, there are books that follow villains or antagonists that people enjoy without fail – Game of Thrones has a huge cast of people that you wouldn’t call ‘good’ necessarily, Vicious by V.E. Shwab protagonist is a ‘villain’. Dexter and Breaking Bad were highly popular television series following characters that, in anyone else’s story, would be the antagonist.

What is it about an antagonist, a villain, that encourages an audience to want to hear their story? What is about the antagonist that has audiences not wanting to hear their story?

I would argue its to do with how they became a villain themselves. Is it the world? Is it a privilege that has afforded them a certain belief system? Is it because the character is attractive?

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