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
When one thinks of the late-night talk show, a subgenre of talk shows, prominent figures such as David Letterman, Jay Leno, or Jimmy Kimmel may come to mind. The late-night talk show arena is dominated by males. Only one female has been able to break into that arena and that is the sharp-tongued Chelsea Handler with her show Chelsea Lately. Continue reading
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
Smart De·vice (n.)
1. An electronic device that is cordless (unless while being charged), mobile (easily transportable), always connected (via WiFi, 3G, 4G etc.) and is capable of voice and video communication, data, internet browsing, “geo-location” (for search purposes) and that can operate to some extent autonomously.
“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde penned a famous quote that is applies to the depiction of coral reefs in popular culture. In this case Art imitates life. Continue reading