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Modern popular culture topics in the geek sphere.

  • Isaac Shapiro
    Published 6 months ago
    'My Hero Academia's' Tomura Shigaraki Is a Terrible Villain but That's Kind of the Point

    'My Hero Academia's' Tomura Shigaraki Is a Terrible Villain but That's Kind of the Point

    Tomura Shigaraki is a terrible villain. But here’s the thing: What I love about him is his terribleness is it’s completely by design, and that’s what makes his arc so fascinating. Now when I say Tomura is a terrible villain, I mean that not in the sense that he’s a bad guy who does terrible things. No, he is terrible in the sense that he’s not very good at being a villain.
  • Travis Johnson
    Published 6 months ago
    Loving 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' While Black

    Loving 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' While Black

    Friends is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, from pop-ups and clothes inspired by Rachel, to other articles talking about how dated they think it is. So, with all this going on, I felt it was timely to talk about how conflicted this show made me feel when I was younger. I would tell people that, when they would ask what my favorite show was, usually those my age at the time. At first, I would get "Oh that's cool" responses. Then, the older I got it, turned into "Oh, really? Why?" turned-up-nose responses. I also got the "How is that your favorite show? You're black." responses. So, I just stopped talking about it as much, and enjoyed it alone. I thought at that time, people were just teasing me back then, or trying to make me feel like a sellout in some way.
  • Tone Breistrand
    Published 6 months ago
    25 Lessons to Learn from Disney Characters

    25 Lessons to Learn from Disney Characters

    For my 25th birthday last year, I did a video on 25 lessons I have learnt from Disney Characters. I decided to share the list here as well, so here it is:
  • Sabrina Petrafesa
    Published 6 months ago
    Twilight Came Back and I Love It

    Twilight Came Back and I Love It

    It is 2019, and my Twilight obsession has come back with a vengeance. The obsession began in 2008 for me. I read all four books in the month of December, I distinctly remember finishing New Moon the day before Christmas Eve and asking my mom to please take me to the bookstore I need to read the next book. This when she turned around, went into her room, and came out with an early Christmas gift, Eclipse. I spent the remainder of Christmas break that year reading the next two books in the series. In the following months my older sister would borrow the books without telling me, and I almost had a panic attack because I thought my books went missing.
  • Lena Bailey
    Published 7 months ago
    Theories and Controversies #1

    Theories and Controversies #1

    Spoiler and trigger warning: If you are sensitive to suicide, rape, or sexual assault, please do not read this. Also, if you have not finished season one, please be advised that this blog will contain spoilers.
  • Lena Bailey
    Published 7 months ago
    '13 Reasons Why' Season 1 Recap

    '13 Reasons Why' Season 1 Recap

    I did this backwards because I didn't have a Vocal account when season one came to be. Look through my profile for my season two recap. Before I get started, if you are triggered by sexual assault or suicide, please be careful with this post and the show. Also, spoilers ahead, so if you haven't watched this show, please do so and come back later. So here is what we learned in season one.
  • Mimo le Singe
    Published 7 months ago
    A Look at Criminology and Film

    A Look at Criminology and Film

    I don't talk about it very often on this site, but I used to study criminology as an undergraduate student. While I did begin my career in a workplace that surprisingly related closely to this field, I ultimately strayed from that path to pursue creative communications, although I'm grateful to my program for providing me with the critical and reflexive skills in order to be a purposeful communicator in the first place.
  • Kelly Thompson
    Published 8 months ago
    Drag Queens Are Popular; What's Next?

    Drag Queens Are Popular; What's Next?

    For the past three weeks, I've spent at least one day each weekend seeing a drag show. Not watching RuPaul's Drag Race, not watching one of the popular queens from the show on her tour, but seeing local, wonderful, drag talent. Trading in my... ahem... expensive V.I.P. tickets to have a meet and greet with Trixie Mattel before being in the third row for her touring concert, I instead paid a nice five bucks (well, one show was ten dollars, but that included a free drink) to see the "lesser-known" drag performers. This in no way means they were any less enjoyable than the queens that you see on Drag Race; in fact, I could make a list of the effortless and passionless lip-sync for your life's on Drag Race that were eclipsed by these performances. What is noteworthy about these shows, however, was the fact that it wasn't just a bunch of men appearing as drag queens.
  • Rand Einfeldt
    Published 8 months ago
    Randomocity Ep. 003 Peter PANther

    Randomocity Ep. 003 Peter PANther

    Below is a recording of the episode, as well as the script to it. If you want the full story, listening the the episode will give you everything.
  • Clark-Joseph Kent
    Published 9 months ago
    The Superhero, Part of a Global National Strategy

    The Superhero, Part of a Global National Strategy

    Superman appeared in the pages of "Action Comics #1" in 1938 spearheading a literary genre that would grab the hearts of millions for generations to come. The superhero genre was in a sense, an affirmation at first of America's immigrant spirit as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster exemplified in their Jewish immigrant fight for notoriety and novelty attempting for five years to get their character published in a major newspaper as a comic strip. The authors of the famed character read pulp science-fiction and adventure magazines which were a major influence on their creation of the character. Superman, originally conceived by the authors as a villain, created him as a hero with an alien origin in order to answer the thirst for the sensational and "sell papers." This is where the superhero genre differs from the mythology of yesteryear: the comic book functions as modern mythology whose primary purpose it is to entertain and not to teach. Science-fiction has thus the formative element in advanced cultures to entertain the audience and provide a mythology that serves the purpose of wish fulfillment and fantasy, and not the primary moral and religious nature of the Old Gods.
  • Jade Lastimosa
    Published 9 months ago
    Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' First Asian Lead

    Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' First Asian Lead

    Now that Phase 3 has ended and Spiderman: Far From Home has cleared out any missing links to Endgame, we can finally seek what's next on the Marvel List. The list of films goes on as they tackle titles such as Black Panther 2, Dr. Strange 2, The Eternals, and even a future Riri Williams (Iron Heart), the next in line to be Iron Man. Hate to love it, but it really looks like Marvel is pushing the massive diversity within the next Avengers. But, there is one particular film that has been announced that'll change the levels of history for Marvel and those who have grown up with Marvel comics and the films. After 12 years, starting with the 2008 Iron Man, they will finally introduce Shang Chi, the first Asian lead to take the major screen for Marvel and the first Marvel film to have majority Asian talents, as to Black Panther how was. Shang Chi is known as the "Master of Kung Fu," a Chinese Marvel character known for his ability to master Kung Fu and a weaponry-based wushu style, also declaring his ability to duplicate himself. Shang Chi later becomes an Avenger and part of The Agents of Atlas.
  • Clark-Joseph Kent
    Published 9 months ago
    Superman Is Not Übermensch

    Superman Is Not Übermensch

    InAll Star Superman #3, Superman answers the unanswerable question. He answers the challenge of the Ultra-Sphinx to save Lois' life in a state of quantum uncertainty, between life and death.