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

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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Tweeting The Trends: #PacquiaoMayweather

Twitter is a social networking site that allows users 140 characters to express whatever they wish to the public. The site live on March 21, 2006 and has grown exponentially over the past 9 years. When I first heard of Twitter in middle school I thought it was stupid and that it would never take off. My initial thought was that it was just a site filled with Facebook statuses and that concept seemed idiotic to me. Continue reading