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3 hours ago, Nozdordomu said:

The ending of that video really got to me. That's adulthood, indeed.

 

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On 4/20/2018 at 7:32 AM, Whelt said:

There's a mindset that whatever is best for The Corporation is what's just and good. I simply don't understand that, especially coming from ordinary people who are *not* rich CEOs or business owners and thus don't stand to benefit in any way from their own ideology.

I think it's probably a combination of that and defeatism. Because from what I've seen, most people are well aware that a lot of what these corporations do is just wrong and that they shouldn't have so much power and influence, but they're also so massive that they see no reason to try and collectively do something about it. But that's a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it just allows the problem to get even worse.

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Eric Taxxon is a much smaller, lesser known YouTuber I've recently come across. He's mainly a musician, but he has dabbled in the viddo-making for the past year or so and has made some rather compelling and thought-provoking stuff. Here's a few examples

 

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Renegade Cut recently did these, and they're some of my favorites from him now. Not as good as his hour long Left Behind video (that''ll be hard to beat).

This one just made me giddy. He CLEARLY doesn't like the subject, but is a great sport about it, and managed to use it to teach fans something new. It's very amusing for that.

His most recent one is excellent. The most level-headed dive into this topic I've ever seen. Not hokey, not sensationalist, not click-baity. Just an honest look at this topic and the conclusion is interesting and nuanced.

TLDR: His answer to the question of "Is The Incredibles Randian propaganda?" is...kinda but not really.

There are parts that fit in isolation, and parts that very much don't fit and outright contradict Randian ideals on a fundamental level.

The Incredibles is a good movie that trips over itself in some of the secondary messages it gets across that aren't part of the family drama that's the actual backbone of the story.

Basically an example of how creators need to be careful about the accidental messages your work can give off if you aren't careful.

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Some great video essays I've found about video games, one old and two new.

 

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"Hereditary is a movie to watch if you're willing to spend two hours feeling small, and being reminded that you're just meat, and that no amount of love or struggling can give you control beyond what you're born with. That you can struggle all you want, and that your struggle does have meaning, but the meaning won't make what happens any easier, or any less tragic. It's about trying to fight against a relentless evil. It's the idea that there's something vast and beyond you, but it's neither here to help you nor even necessarily actively malevolent on some personal level, but rather so much bigger than you that you're completely overwhelmed and done before you even understand what's happening."

 

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I ain't even seen this yet because it's hot off the presses and I'm at work but here's H.B. on the not-so-lovely craft of adapting H.P.

 

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Harry Potter?

oh god I’ve become one of those people

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I don't like how it's become a sin to even mention Harry Potter anymore because of too many surface level political comparisons.

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I was mostly joking as a fan of the franchise myself, but I get the whole repeated joke/meme response of “read another book” from all my experience with fans who bring up the series constantly/apply it to every situation, even besides politics.

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I forgot to post this once is became public.

Once The Whole Plate is complete, I want to see it become mandatory viewing in film schools. Like, this might be her masterpiece (this or her Hobbit trilogy, which is definitely the most professional product she's put together and is equally magnificent).

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4 minutes ago, The Pope said:

Once The Whole Plate is complete, I want to see it become mandatory viewing in film schools. Like, this might be her masterpiece.

The whole plate series is definitely a great crash course, given that she's just using Transformers to demonstrate various disciplines or frameworks of film theory, but like, I wouldn't recommend watching it in place of actually reading the foundational texts and other instances of each theory if you want an in-depth and comprehensive understanding, lmao. What I really hope is that the series gets other people interested in film theory, especially since it demonstrates the importance of popular texts to people who might think all of film theory is just kerfaffing over the most obscure cinéma d'art imaginable.

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I wouldn't pose it as a replacement, but I feel like it should be mandatory viewing material for all current and prospective film students.

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Among musicians, there's a taboo towards the digital age of music, for its excessive and bombarding quality. A single piece of music's value is diminished, because of our access to an unthinkable amount. In Ryo's case, this is a testament to new media's ability to rediscover past gems that were lost to time, making them available to everyone in ways impossible when they were first released, giving the opportunity for certain artists to get recognition they deserve.

 

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So Lindsay's currently working with PBS on a series about literature history.

Good on her.

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