The “Bat-Ramadan” Situation

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“Is that the new moon for Ramadan?…no wait…it’s the Bat Signal!”For movie geeks, the third and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is opening up in theaters on July 20th, 2012 – which  coincidentally is the 1st day or night of Ramadan (depending on if you follow local moon sighting or not)!There has been much discussion online on whether or not young Muslims should go and watch the movie because of its unfortunate release during  R … [Read more...]

Zaki Hasan: The Grandmaster of Geekdom

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Originally Posted on ILLUME Magazine.Zaki Hasan has been a geek all his life, though he's never felt comfortable admitting it until now. From a childhood steeped in Superman comics and STAR TREK reruns to his current role as a professor of communication & media studies, Zaki has spent much of the last two decades analyzing and evaluating the role of popular culture in shaping and defining our cultural, societal, and spiritual discourse. It's this realm of ideas that's central to GEEK … [Read more...]


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