Capitalism In The Time Of The Postmodern Website

The content of the website Facebook depends mostly on user-generated media. Throughout time, however, it has become more of a link sharing website for people who want to share external content with friends. In this manner, the nature of the website is somewhat postmodern in that people can insert their own perspectives as a preface to the body of the text they are referencing and are able to provide their own interpretation of whatever it is they have shared. Continue reading Capitalism In The Time Of The Postmodern Website

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Saksi: Ilang nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda na nakilala ng GMA News, nagpapatuloy sa buhay

I find it interesting that this newscast specifically covers a select group of people from the Yolanda tragedy and then returns to them a year later to check up on their progress. It seems like such a benevolent thing to do. Then it reminded me somewhat of the messianic complex that colonists have going on for them. (Mangoes, like, what even? But the little things, of course, we must remember the little things.)

The aspect of the report that really bothered me, however, was the way the news report smoothed over the tragedy and just proceeded to assure the audience that these people are now living their lives, moving on, keeping strong and all that despite having just lost their whole family. Of course there isn’t really enough time to actually cover a whole year’s worth of whatever these people had gone through to get to where they are now, obviously. Nevertheless, we are rather quickly assured by the report’s narrative that things can be overcome, no matter how horrific it could be. Continue reading Saksi: Ilang nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda na nakilala ng GMA News, nagpapatuloy sa buhay

A Psychoanalytic Criticism of Satin Chau in the made-for-TV-movie “Based on an Untrue Story” (1993)

“Based on an Untrue Story” chronicles a woman’s search for a cure to her rare disease and, in the process, her reconciliation with a family she never knew she had. The film also plays with as many made-for-TV-movie tropes as it can find.

From http://tatparade.blogspot.com/2007/01/based-on-untrue-story.html
A popular made-for-TV-movie trope.

Main character Satin Chau exhibits well-meaning cluelessness and self-centeredness with her interpersonal relationships. This is in concurrence with her denial and/or willful ignorance of reality. Satin Chau acts as the biggest trope in the movie, played out to extremes.

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Dark Shadows: Vampire Capitalists and the Witch Revolution

Framework: Semiotic/Marxist

The film “Dark Shadows” shows the awakening in the 20th century of Barnabas Collins, one of the patriarchs of the Collins family, who had been turned into a vampire a couple of centuries prior. He finds that his descendants have run the family business aground and that his ex-lover, a witch named Angelique Bouchard, has taken over as the town’s business patron.

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