Zombies & Gender Equality in Video Games

The Walking Dead has taken on many iterations since it’s debut comic in 2003.  Said comic spawned an enormous following which produced an award winning television series, web series, and multiple video games including the episodic video game series by publisher Telltale Games which will be the focus of this analysis.  The Walking Dead video game does not adhere to the social constructs of gender roles as set forth by the patriarchal ideology that governs media, but rather establishes that all characters are equal.  This equality is visible during gameplay because a character’s gender is never brought up but rather what skills, like hunting and leadership, the individual can bring to the group are in order to achieve the goal of survival in the zombie apocalypse.  The men are just as fragile and susceptible to being zombie fodder as the women are, leaving everyone on equal grounds. Continue reading

The Legend of Korra Leads the Way for Change

Children’s television shows do not just provide a sense of entertainment for youth but also a reference for how society works as it reflects the social values and controversies of that time period. The Legend of Korra, which first aired in 2013, is a children’s animated television show that does just that.  Each of the show’s female characters has their own sense of agency which is most pronounced  in the protagonist Korra.  The Legend of Korra utilizes the heroine Korra as an agent of change through her constant negotiation between her race, sexuality, and being a young woman. Continue reading

Nuclear Fallout in The 100

The 100 is a post-apocalyptic drama currently airing weekly on the CW Network.  The CW Network is known for television shows like The Vampire Diaries, Smalllville, and Gossip Girl.  The target audience for this program is one that network built for itself for having similar shows in it’s lineup. Their target is the young adult and adolescent television viewer between the ages of 13 to 23.  Continue reading

Women We Love To Hate

Prominent women have been characterized by both the media and society as “women we love to hate”.  These women who are pinpointed by the media must negotiate the negative  publicity that follows them and turn it into positive publicity that they can benefit from.  Two women who have taken advantage of the spotlight the media has put on them and used it to their advantage is Princess Diana and Bristol Palin. Continue reading

ShondaLand: A Distinctive Ride

Seth MacFarlane, Aaron Spelling, Paul Henning, and Dick Wolf are all names that could be brought up when considering the term auteur. The title of auteur is “a French term for the artist whose vision and personality is “written” into a text” (Vande Berg, 2004, p. 231). Essentially, the man or woman who is accredited with the works has infused his or her own self into the text and those texts have taken on a new type of genre, a genre categorized by it’s auteur. As an example, Seth MacFarlane is known for his crude animated comedies, with the exception of the non-animated movie Ted, which defines him as an auteur.

With the advancement of time comes the addition of new auteurs to this distinguished list. The esteemed new auteurs of then become the legendary movie directors and television producers of now that are held in such high regard. New auteurs continue this cycle which is why it is important to identify them. Shonda Rhimes is one of those new auteurs.

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