In an age of multimedia entertainment, TV and movies have become mainstream in the shaping of culture.
Many are watching more TV than before, with more watching online via the Internet. Watching a movie is one way for people to relax after a long day's work. With video streaming, access to movies has risen sharply. Not only are TV and movies attractive, people are also increasingly addicted to them. What can we learn from movies? How do we go about discerning the narrative it projects? What kind of stories are they telling? How are they shaping the culture we live in? Are they just telling a story or is there a deeper implication behind the story? These questions and many more are probed through the lens of Mike Cosper to help us understand popular culture.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Dawn) might just be the movie of the summer. It certainly beat out other early contenders like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow to be the most profound and poignant of the blockbusters (Guardians of the Galaxy is the movie to beat this summer, since you didn’t ask).
In Mario Vargas Llosa’s 2010 Nobel Lecture, subsequently published as In Praise of Reading and Fiction, the Peruvian writer describes his experience living far from home and sheds some light on the way this has shaped his literary work:
A while back, I came across a video of a music performance at a very large church.
The performance in question? A Mother’s Day adaptation of the new Disney classic “Let it Go," where a frazzled mom bemoans the struggles of life. While the production value was great and the performer sang well, the whole concept just didn’t set well with me.