Expanded Universes, Exponential Popularity, Global Media

There’s a common complaint that modern film quality is tanking compared to the quality of films released in the past few decades. The cinemas are awash with sequels, universes, prequels, remakes, missing links, and excessive exercises in pandering for the sake of money grubbing. This is, of course, a major generalisation. Continue reading

Response to Roland Barthes

Some time ago I attempted to hash out an argument that art could be objectively assessed. But I’m unsatisfied with my logic in hindsight regarding Roland Barthes. The focus of this website was different back then, so I started rambling about modern American politics halfway through the discussion, a surface-level topic which I now find a droll waste of time.

This is a proper… call it a challenge, if you like, of ‘Death of the Author.’

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In Defence of Lord of the Rings: Genre and Purpose in Fiction

When writing, you need to keep in mind the purpose of your writing and the culture you’re working in. When offering criticism, you need to do the same thing. Continue reading

Alternative Media, Games Journalism, and Crowd-Funded Understanding

In the earliest days of printing, news was obviously partisan, and mixed with advertising, and it was the consumer’s job to sift through the pile of overtly biased information and reach a reasonable understanding of what was going on. We should return to that system. Continue reading