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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?

Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

Linda as Karuta: "This is my first attempt at making an outfit and wearing a wig. The skirt and outer top was made by me, while the white top was something that I already owned."

“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”

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…

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

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Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

Matt Finch - Zombie at Library Window

More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

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The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…