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Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

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Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?

Confessions of a Cosplaying Librarian

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“The key idea is actually a media literacy one related to representation: no one in real life actually looks like an anime or manga character.”

Now in Theaters: An Absolutely Must-See Doc About Digital Literacy

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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback’s work represents a treasure trove of ideas for those who want to connect domestic spying and the death of privacy to civics, media studies, ICT, and political theory—not to mention information literacy and digital literacy specifically.

Big Brawlers and Little Children: The Not-New Appeal of ‘Pacific Rim’

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The reason such overt silliness is nonetheless so effective is that we all connect with the fantasy of controlling a creature much, much larger than we could ever hope to be.

Oh, All That Annoying Movie Marketing: A Chat with Critic Eric D. Snider

Summertime means cross-promotion is in the air.

“Young people are pretty savvy about marketing…They don’t consider something ‘bad’ or ‘annoying’ just because it’s marketing, the way many of us in the previous generation did.”

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

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These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

Moriarty, Hannibal, and Despicable Me: How We End Up Rooting for the Bad Guy

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It’s okay to find the villain appealing in certain respects—in fact, much of pop culture depends on our doing just that.