Philip K. Dick’s World of Advertising: Branded Dreams

  Philip K. Dick's visions of an intrusive manipulated reality is portrayed in this short piece by Studio Smack . Dick explored the concept of consensual reality and the potential conflict between "two levels of reality" - one "objectively" determined, the other a world of appearances imposed upon characters by various means and processes.   …

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Bryan Hitch on Batman

Comicbook characters such as Batman are part of contemporary iconography - a modern mythology on which we project  values, beliefs & ideologies in the forms of hopes & fears. Batman, being one of the earliest comic superheroes ( 75 years ), has his roots in the Pulp Magazine  & Pulp Hero tradition. He blends the …

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Media Literacy: Personal Cultural Space & The Vampire Maman

  Today I discovered Vampire Maman, a fascinating blog about   The Musings of Modern Vampire Mom by the author Juliette Kings. Kings's blog is full of quirky humour and insight. One post that got me thinking in tangential directions was Thank you for pissing off my teenage daughter . It was an open letter to …

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