Fifty Shades of Grey Related to the Ethics of Romanticizing Abusiveness for the Sake of Fantasy

According to Laci Green, the book Fifty Shades of Grey celebrates an abusive relationship rather than healthy BDSM practices. This raises many questions for me about the ethics of art that eroticizes literal abusiveness. Is it bad in itself to enjoy the idea of abusiveness? Is it bad only if it creates, contributes to, or reinforces unhealthy attitudes, whether in oneself or in one’s broader culture? Can we indulge our dark sides at all morally through roleplaying? Can we indulge them even more in art than even through roleplaying? I have lots of questions. I need Your Thoughts. [Read more...]

A Washable Keyboard

Given the frequency with which I irresponsibly eat near my computer, boy do I need something like this: So, it makes me very happy it really exists! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Justice, Order, and Chaos: The Dialectical Tensions In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight

In this post I am going to explore the moral themes from the first two films of the Dark Knight trilogy. This post gives away nothing about The Dark Knight Rises but assumes knowledge of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In a subsequent post I will explore how The Dark Knight Rises picks up, advances, augments, and culminates these folllowing themes from the first two films of the Dark Knight trilogy. [Read more...]

On The Themes and the Quality of The Dark Knight Trilogy (WITHOUT Plot Spoilers)

I just watched Christopher Nolan’s entire Dark Knight trilogy at the theater. In this post, I discuss the quality of The Dark Knight Rises and pay specific attention to how well it handles its broad themes. I reveal nothing specific about the plot. Those who like to go into a movie spoiler free in terms [Read More...]

The Key of Awesome’s Dark Knight Parody

In just over 12 hours, The Dark Knight Rises! I’ll be seeing the whole trilogy in the theater tonight and reporting back! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Keeping Girls in Science By Promoting the Value of the Humanities for Tech Majors

  BetaBeat asked girls taking computer programming at Stuyvesant High School about their experiences and got some fantastic replies, like this insightful one from Izzi Clark: I’ve always thought of myself as kind of equally suspended between humanities and math/science, and I think that’s why I found computer science so appealing. Clearly, it involves math [Read More...]

True Blood Season 5 To Focus On Religion and Politics

In interviews, Alan Ball has explained: “We wanted to play with the politics/religion angle, since that seems to be something that never stops,” he told USA Today. Recalling the moment he first imagined such storyline, he shared to Entertainment Weekly, “My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who [Read More...]

Growing up (and doing everything else) on the web

Piotr Czerski’s “We The Web Kids” (as translated by translated by Marta Szreder): We grew up with the Internet and on the Internet. This is what makes us different; this is what makes the crucial, although surprising from your point of view, difference: we do not ‘surf’ and the internet to us is not a ‘place’ or [Read More...]

The Muppet Theory of Personality

First, an epically great study in psychology from Kermit The Frog and Cookie Monster: With this in mind, check out Dahlia Lithwick’s sketch of a groundbreaking new schema for classifying personalities: Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile. They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, [Read More...]


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