pop culture

Modern popular culture topics in the geek sphere.

  • Evan Emanuel
    Published 12 months ago
    Played Gay for a Role

    Played Gay for a Role

    What is "Gay For Pay"? Gay for pay is when male or female actors, pornographic stars, or sex workers who identify as heterosexual are paid to act or perform as homosexual professionally. The term has also applied to other professions, and even companies trying to appeal to a gay demographic. Gay for pay also has another term called "Pink face," the term is very similar to black face and yellow face.
  • NRG Comics
    Published 12 months ago
    How Has Comic Book Culture Evolved Over the Years?

    How Has Comic Book Culture Evolved Over the Years?

    The precursor to Marvel Comics was born all the way back in 1939 under the magazine publisher Martin Goodman, who created Timely Comics. It’s hard to believe, but that was already eighty years ago. Comic books have been a huge part of nerd culture for decades, but things have evolved quite a lot over the years.
  • Angel Santos
    Published 12 months ago
    My Thoughts on the Joker

    My Thoughts on the Joker

    Many are talking about the movie, Joker. I, for one, intend to watch it soon but I wanted to share some history about this interesting villain.
  • E Stolinski
    Published 12 months ago
    Beach Bummer

    Beach Bummer

    Harmony Korine has a chequered movie history. I’ve been there since Kids (which he wrote), and he’s gone on to write/direct some classics like Julien Donkey-Boy and Spring Breakers. However, he’s also made a real clanger with Trash Humpers. His music videos are also all over the shop, his Rihanna video exhibits the same problems as Beach Bum (I'll come onto that below), and the Umshini Wam Die Antwoord collaboration was a missed opportunity.
  • Anastasia Stead
    Published 12 months ago
    Group Infighting

    Group Infighting

    It doesn't matter what kind of group it is anymore, there seems to infighting everywhere. It is in places you would expect like politics and religion, to places you would think it would happen less, like in groups of nerds and geeks who like superheroes and anime. It saddens me that what used to bring a lot of us together seems to be ripping us apart. We used to have such solidarity in one another. We, the geeks, nerds, gamers, and otaku used to be the group who were harassed by the sports people, and regular people alike, but now, we are fighting each other. It breaks my heart. We have put too much emphasis on what makes "a real [fill in specific subculture here.]" Who cares as long as we can come together and talk about what we enjoy? Are people who play mobile games hurting anyone when they say they're a gamer? No. They're stating proudly that they are a sub-genre of a sub-culture. Do you understand what I'm saying? We need to think of what we label as a "Not real [fill in the blank]" as a type of sub-genre to the sub-culture we believe ourselves to be a part of.
  • Indie Films Dee
    Published 12 months ago
    16 Spine-Chilling, But Significant, Details You May Have Missed In Jordan Peele's 'Us'
  • Melody Porter
    Published about a year ago
    States Under the Spell of Popular Series

    States Under the Spell of Popular Series

    Harry Potter has stolen the hearts and imaginations of bookworms and movie fanatics alike. The franchise has entered numerous industries (games, theme parks, food and beverages, toys, etc.) with its novel offerings based on the sensational series.
  • Jeffrey Bentley
    Published about a year ago
    My Will Smith "Genie" Parody

    My Will Smith "Genie" Parody

    This is my very first parody gone public. My Will Smith "Genie" Parody! I've been making up songs for years, but this is the first time that I actually did something with it for other people to enjoy. I felt like with all the smack that's been going on towards Will Smith about his first appearance as the genie in Disney's new 2019 live-action film, Aladdin, that he deserved some kind of praise for it. Mind you, yes, I did use his music from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to make this song a reality, but I did it all in good fun. Trust me, compared to the other stuff that is out there, this is very minor as far as making fun of this thing goes. I mean, honestly people, what did you expect?
  • Edward Anderson
    Published about a year ago
    Netflix Disrupted

    Netflix Disrupted

    This is another think piece in what will certainly be a long line of think pieces about how Green Book ended up walking away with the 91st Academy Award for Best Picture on February 24, 2019. A lot of ink will be spilled about Oscar campaigns but most will single out a lone reason why Alexander Cuaron's Roma didn't beat Green Book, and that reason is because it is a Netflix movie. That may have played a part but it's not the only reason, and frankly not even the biggest reason for the upset.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published about a year ago
    Brian Dennehy, 'The Island of Dr. Moreau,' and 'The Making of Monsters' at the Bedford Playhouse

    Brian Dennehy, 'The Island of Dr. Moreau,' and 'The Making of Monsters' at the Bedford Playhouse

    On Thursday February 21, The Bedford Playhouse hosted a live theatrical event with Golden Globe Winner Brian Dennehy, Emmy Award Winning Screenwriter Ron Hutchinson and screen actor Kevin O’Brien. The trio read Hutchinson’s musings on The Island of Dr. Moreau and a 1996 disaster that starred Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But despite almost looking like a self-inflicted catastrophe, Hutchinson’s place as a credited writer did at least reassure with one recurring message.
  • Jord Tury
    Published about a year ago
    The 90s/00s Transition

    The 90s/00s Transition

    Last time I checked we were supposed to be floating about in hovercrafts by 2019. I even pictured our species living on some faraway planet where robots were our slaves and the only food we could eat would be vacuum packed rice cakes.
  • Courtney Lowry
    Published about a year ago
    Where Are the Children's Books Made for Black Kids?

    Where Are the Children's Books Made for Black Kids?

    When I think about the things I’ve read as a kid, all of the books and stories point back to the dominance of the white male in children’s literature: