How Postmodernism Challenges Notions of Fantasy and The Real in Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum

‘But even then, I think I understood that mother had been born again, into that other world. A world of fathomless signs and portents. Of magic and terror. And mysterious symbols.’

– Amadeus Arkham, Arkham Asylum (1989) Continue reading “How Postmodernism Challenges Notions of Fantasy and The Real in Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum”

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An essay on Special Effects in Cinema.

As admission prices escalated and the lire of television kept more and more people at home for their entertainment, motion pictures began to incorporate elements that television couldn’t provide. One was the special effect, which created visual spectacle on a grand scale and showed audiences things they had never seen before” (Boggs & Petrie, 2008: p158).
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On Henry Jenkins, Audiences and Participatory Culture

Henry Jenkins’ essay, Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?: Digital Cinema, Media Convergence and Participatory Culture aims to provide a different perspective on fan appropriation and media transformation. Jenkins outlines how ‘too often’ these things are ‘marginalised or exoticised’, the common assumption being that anyone spending time or energy creating ‘products of mass culture’ must have ‘too much time on their hands’ or ‘something wrong with them’. Jenkins, alternatively, treats media fans as ‘active participants within the current media revolution’ and treats their cultural products as an ‘important aspect of the digital cinema movement’. He correlates the multitude of Star Wa Continue reading “On Henry Jenkins, Audiences and Participatory Culture”