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Tag Archive: pop culture

Apr 23 2014

So I watched an Avril Lavigne music video…

Why is she pointing?

This one: It’s called “Hello Kitty” by one Avril Lavigne. I believe she’s famous for having trouble with skateboarding children, who she would see at a later point? So, the music video starts off with this young woman speaking with a thousand voices in Japanese and pointing at me. I don’t know what I did, …

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Oct 30 2013

Don’t watch trailers

Seriously. Don’t. I make my case here.

Oct 10 2013

Being a critic and being a fan

In my latest for Big Think, I argue that – in many cases – fandom runs counter to proper criticism. This can be about films, comics, games, whatever. Passion for the thing can blind us to its flaws, making any form of negative criticism (or, indeed, adaptation) tantamount to an attack in passionate fans’ eyes. …

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Sep 16 2013

Dear “fans”, we need to have a talk…

Fans of a thing embarrass other fans of the same thing. In this case: Angry gamers do something stupid that embarrasses other gamers. It’s a story we hear so often, these stories have become an indistinguishable mess of frustrating idiocy; a wrong not merely anchored by entitlement and immaturity, but damage to the very thing …

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Jun 28 2013

Superhero-free comics and why the medium matters

I’ve decided to put my comics, film and TV-focused writing on Medium. My latest post is about comics and why I hope more people recognise that it’s not all unnaturally fit people wearing minimal, tight clothing; and also, that comics are a medium, not a genre. I also made a short list at the end …

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