Category Archives: Media Culture

New Scarlett Johansson Film Ensnared in `Whitewashing` Controversy


“Whitewashing” is the term currently used to describe the Hollywood practice of casting white actors in non-white character roles. It is being used in a severe critique of actress Scarlett Johansson and the film in which she appears, “Ghost in the Shell,” which opened this past weekend.

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), a group that monitors the depiction and coverage of Asian Americans in the media, issued a statement condemning the casting of Johansson in the new movie.

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Oscars Reveal Hollywood`s Vices


Hollywood used to be a place where larger-than-life celebrities possessed the intangible quality of “star power.”

However, things have changed over the course of time and have done so in a manner that appears to be as dramatic as the cinematic art itself so frequently manifests.

The entertainment industry has been thoroughly transformed by a tidal wave of new technologies. And the ever-present insecurity, of which executives who run the largest studios often speak, has caused a torrent of franchise films, sequels, and reboots to be overrepresented on the marquees of movie theaters across the country.

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Crime Takes a Social Media Turn


In this age of social media, crime itself has undergone a transformation, and the previously unthinkable seems to be on a rampage to somehow out-worst itself.

Crimes carried out with social media accomplices seem to be ever more despicable and de-humanizing.

In the past, an individual might merely set his or her sights on securing an illicit goal of some sort, and a twisted satisfaction would have been completed. Now, however, some of those who were previously content with being shadow dwellers prefer to seek the spotlight instead, with the ultimate aim of acquiring social media fame and even a warped super star status should a social media incident go viral.

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Mainstream Media Using ‘Fake News’ to Censor Conservative Views


After telling the public for over a year that the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States was not going to materialize, the mainstream media have now turned their collective attention toward something they have characterized as “fake news.”

The phrase, however, is a fake itself, and its deliberate use manipulative in nature. The mainstream media are out to cleanse social media of sites that pose obstacles to a uniform way of thinking; that being a left-leaning ideology.

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The Poisoning of the American Mind


For those seeking to amass power, control over the thoughts of the individual is a crucial component in attaining the end result.

This same theme was masterfully woven throughout the pages of George Orwell’s classic novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

Penned in 1949, the book’s disturbing plot appears to have a degree of commonality with the storyline that our country currently appears to be living out.

Winston Smith, the main character and protagonist of Orwell’s book, is the allegorical narrator and quintessential everyman. The novel subsequently gave birth to two films, a 1956 movie starring Edmond O’Brien and a 1984 release starring John Hurt.

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Social Media Involvement Hits Record Highs in Second Presidential Debate

The presidential election campaign of 2016 is certainly one for the record books, and as it turns out so too is social media’s involvement in the second presidential debate.

Sunday’s second of three debates between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was co-moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and took place in a town hall format.

In addition to questions emanating from the moderators, queries for the candidates came from individuals in social media circles as well as citizen participants (selected by the Gallup organization).

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The End of the Web as We Know It


The Hollywood community has been shaken in recent years by the sudden growth of Internet streaming services that offer a fresh and ample assortment of TV shows, movies, music, and the like, all available to a growing group of digital entertainment consumers.

Entertainment audiences have been living in an on-demand universe, one in which they are free to choose from a wide variety of materials that are available any time of the day or night at the touch of a screen.

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Social Media Will Pick the Presidential Debate Winner


Here is the unvarnished truth: Social media is set to play an unprecedented role in the upcoming presidential debates between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

The televised political match-ups will undoubtedly reach an audience the size of which has never been seen before in the history of presidential debates.

Trump has already proven to be a ratings magnet in the GOP primary debates and fifteen million people tuned in to the “Commander in Chief Forum” hosted by Matt Lauer, which was, in effect a “preseason” debate event.

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The Art of Storytelling and Box-office Magic


This past summer the major movie studios had to sit by and watch as a series of ill-conceived sequels, reboots, and remakes seriously underperformed at the box office.

Even though some of the more promising reboots, including the gender-swapped “Ghostbusters” and the CGI 3D focused “Ben-Hur,” ended up being a disappointment to the bottom line, it was the performance of sequels that really stung Hollywood executives, so much so that future studio release strategies may take a different course.

During the summer of 2016, fourteen sequels were released, but only 3 of them brought in more revenue than their original predecessors.

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Latest FBI Document Dump Poses Danger for the Clinton Campaign


The recently released FBI report, which provided more details on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and email malpractice, looks more and more as if it will ultimately spell trouble for the Democratic presidential nominee.

In still yet another apparent attempt to avoid media coverage, a document dump took place on the Friday evening that preceded the long Labor Day weekend. Mixed in with the report’s scandalous jigsaw puzzle pieces was a document detailing the agency’s July interview with the former secretary of state.

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