Tag: Opinion

SEVEN REASONS WHY FRANCHISE FATIGUE IS REAL!SEVEN REASONS WHY FRANCHISE FATIGUE IS REAL!

Franchise Fatigue

COVID-19 global pandemic had a mixed impact on the entertainment industry. On the one hand, cinemas were adversely affected by lockdowns and the like while the popularity of streaming platforms sky-rocketed. Both aspects of the industry have been skewered either positively or negatively as the case might be. What is clear is that post-pandemic, there is a sense that franchise fatigue is becoming a reality amongst fans. Let’s explore the reasons why this is the case right now.

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AI ART: BOON OR BANE?AI ART: BOON OR BANE?

AI Art: Boon or Bane?

Artistic expression has always been an important aspect of human culture and creativity, but with the advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the boundaries of what we consider to be art are being redefined. AI art generators like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney are examples of this trend, where machines are used to create art, removing the need for human artists. While these AI art generators have their pros and cons, it’s worth noting that the debate surrounding their use is similar to the one that surrounded electronic music production when it first became popular.

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ERASING TOLKIEN: AN OPINIONERASING TOLKIEN: AN OPINION

Erasing Tolkien (borrowed from the Gamer)

Erasing Tolkien? What’s that about? Well, the showrunners and actors of Amazon Prime Video’s Rings of Power series have declared that their series is a version of Tolkien’s work that reflects modernity – “To be part of creating accessibility for generations to come. For new generations this is their version of Tolkien, this is what my daughter will see of Tolkien’s works.” That is a direct quote from actress Sophia Nomvete, who plays Disa, the wife of Dwarf king Durin.

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RELIGION AND ANXIETYRELIGION AND ANXIETY

Religion and Anxiety

A caveat before I share this opinion about Religion and Anxiety. This is based on my own experience and is not intended to denigrate anybody’s religious beliefs. However, if you are triggered and offended by my personal sharing, then perhaps you need to reflect on your own religious experiences rather than lash out irrationally in anger. If you can take this opinion in that spirit, please read on – if not, then please stop right now and move on…

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SOCIAL MEDIA NO MORE!SOCIAL MEDIA NO MORE!

Social Media No More!

Social media is an integral marketing tool for blogs such as ours. Or at least that’s the conventional way of approaching the issue. But the fact is, most of the platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter suppress any opportunity for our posts being viewed by our followers unless we pay them money to advertise said post.

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SUPERHERO MOVIE GENRE (ANALYSIS)SUPERHERO MOVIE GENRE (ANALYSIS)

Superhero Movie Genre

The superhero movie genre is now the dominant genre in the entertainment industry. From a 1% market share in 1998, the superhero movie genre grew to a 20% market share in 2018. Marvel Studios – now owned by Disney – is the undisputed leader in the genre earning over $22 billion at the global box office in about 12 years, since the release of Iron Man in 2008. 

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STOP CHASING RAINBOWSSTOP CHASING RAINBOWS

People are encouraged to have dreams – to be chasing rainbows. Inherent in this is the pressure to be our best selves but not as defined by ourselves but by external parties. Unfortunately, this pursuit of the presently unattained – whether it be of a career, romantic partner etc – is the root of expectations and desires, which will invariably lead to disappointment and despair!

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WHY RAP IS NOT MUSIC (OPINION)WHY RAP IS NOT MUSIC (OPINION)

Art by Ed Piskor
Art by Ed Piskor

WHY RAP IS NOT MUSIC is a PoP Theory opinion piece. Nothing more, nothing less.

Form not substance

To avoid any misunderstanding about the opinion I am about to express here, please note that this post is discussing Rap as an art form and NOT a substantive judgement of the merits (or otherwise) of Rap as a genre. Now that that’s out of the way, let us begin.

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UNDERSTANDING MUSIC GENRES – THE BASICSUNDERSTANDING MUSIC GENRES – THE BASICS

UNDERSTANDING MUSIC GENRES – THE BASICS is an opinion piece. Nothing more, nothing less.

Why understand music genres?

Music continues to be a major player in modern life and impacts all spheres of social and cultural influence – from politics to business to entertainment and so on. Even though the value received by music artists has been marginalised by record labels, publishers and more recently, tech companies – the value added by music artists remains vitally important.

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DC UNIVERSE : TITANSDC UNIVERSE : TITANS

TITANS IS A DARKER VERSION OF SINGER’S ORIGINAL X-MEN

Already more than halfway through its first season, the DC Universe streaming series is proving to be problematic at best, and at worst a badly written super-hero adaptation.

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