Production #7: (Re)Mixing Classic Philosophy & Tolkein’s Wizards

For my graphic narrative production I have chosen to make a comic detailing portions of Plato’s classic work, Meno. In brief, Meno details Plato’s mentor, Socrates, and the Sophist philosopher, Meno, discussion regarding virtue. While I have only created three simplified panels of a complex philosophical enterprise, I believe there is potential to blend classic philosophy and … More Production #7: (Re)Mixing Classic Philosophy & Tolkein’s Wizards

Goin’ Down to South Park: A Critical Media Analysis

With its first episode airing in 1997, the TV comedy, South Park, has now been running for exactly twenty years. The show spans 20 complete seasons – with its 21st currently airing – and numbers 283 episodes, to date. South Park is a satirical cartoon comedy that has portrayed or provided commentary on a extensive range of social … More Goin’ Down to South Park: A Critical Media Analysis

Production 6: Applying Varney to “Halo’s” Master Chief, “John 117”

The Halo franchise saw its start in 2001 with the release of the massively successful first-person shooter, “Halo: Combat Evolve”. To date, it now includes seven different standalone video games, as well as a series of collectable memorabilia and science fictional literary works that address the “cannon” or “fluff” of the Halo universe’s backstory. To … More Production 6: Applying Varney to “Halo’s” Master Chief, “John 117”

Production #3 – Postcolonial Theory, Alternative Publics & “Resistance”

From the discussions that occur in both Stack & Kelly’s article and Appleman’s chapter on Postcolonialism, there emerges an idea of the importance of identity formulation, whether of our selves or others, and the role of that certain influences – such as the media or colonial ideologies – have on such formulations. It is therefore … More Production #3 – Postcolonial Theory, Alternative Publics & “Resistance”

Production #2: Alverman, New Literacies & Identity Politics

In Deborah Alvermann’s discussion of popular culture and literacies, she makes mention of the ongoing ideological struggles within the field of literacy studies (5). These “struggles” can be understood as two different competing models of literacy. The first, referred to as the autonomous model, sees literacy as something based in primarily reading and writing, and is … More Production #2: Alverman, New Literacies & Identity Politics