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Pixels and Pens: Delving the Dungeons of the Digital Age

Gaming in the 20th century conjures up images of solitary figures hunched over keyboards, eyes locked on the soft blue glow of a monitor screen. Massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft count millions of subscribers while single players games like Fallout 4 have eager fans taking days off…

The Amazing Spidey Fridge Logic

In 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker has a poster of Rear Window hanging in his room. So Web-Head knows a thing or two about movies. He might know, for example, that long-time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Hermann didn’t score Rear Window, which is noteworthy because he scored Vertigo, North by…

Language in the Age of Context Collapse

My phone vibrates. I look down. It’s a message from my girlfriend. I just told her that I had to go for a couple of hours. “Okay.” What? What does that even mean? “I’m sorry.” “Don’t be.” Wait, is she upset? Is she trying to communicate to me that she’s…

Therapy TV

(Author’s Note: I originally wrote a version of this article for a website called “Sucker Punch Cinema” that is now very much deceased. But it was a lovely place, I assure you, run by movie nuts whose cinematic obsessions would probably make junkies blanch. Because I spent the last article…

Backseat Moderating

It isn’t really my intention to get political in my Digital America column, because that kind of topic tends to almost immediately divide readers and force them to challenge their own personal beliefs by comparing them to those held by the men and women campaigning to represent them as elected…

Feminist Pornography: A Sexy Revolution

The first time I watched porn, I was 15 years old. It was late and I was alone. It was not desire or lust that pushed me towards typing those four letters into Google; it was curiosity, heavy with the thrill of rebellion. My heart beat hard in my chest:…

Bad Ghosts, Electric Graveyard

Text messaging and internet chatting has turned us all into Frankensteins. The goal is to emulate real life, to as closely approximate real-life conversation as we possibly can, even though we all understand that (at least on our end), either we’re blowing through these things (“lol what u want from…

Cruising for an Intergalactic Bruising

Facebook, that helpful hubbub of information, told me that we can all finally stop holding our breaths: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Star Wars cruise is finally happening! (Seriously: no more breath holding! You need oxygen in your brain so you can read. And also be alive!) I…

Fan Theories and Media Mythologies

Fan theories have become the new Buzzfeed plague as of late, no doubt appearing on your social media feeds accompanied by a few choice phrases such as, “mind blowing”, “insane”, and “life changing.” They cover everything from postulating James Bond is a code name assigned to different agents to the…