Monthly Archives: October 2010

Caprica is over – heady science fiction does not sell

Thought-provoking entertainment does not appear to belong anywhere on television. Earlier this year we watched Dollhouse crash and burn, and now it has been announced that Caprica will not be returning to SyFy for another season. The reason cited is that the show did not generate enough viewers. Never mind that SyFy split the first season into two halves, reprising the season at some random point in Autumn on a completely different night of the week. (A Friday to Tuesday move is odd, but it is sensible when one realizes that pro-wrestling presently earns among the highest ratings of anything on the channel.) But the problem is not with SyFy, as much as I want to blame them. The problem is the lack of audience. Read the rest of this entry

What I learned from The Social Network

It was hard to write a post regarding a movie like this, since the whole presentation right down to the poster was so incredibly classy compared to...well, everything else.

I could honestly care less for Mark Zuckerberg. He built a social networking site that was originally popular for the allowance of egoism and stalking but now persists largely due to me-tooism and time wasting games. The fact that he has done this without charging users is pretty amazing. However, I do not know him personally and cannot assume much of anything regarding his goals. This is why I do not care for him. Read the rest of this entry

Tired of the Mythology talk? Time to wrap it up

Over the past month I spent time studying up on mythology and its place in the modern context. One friend encouraged me down this path because she was teaching a course and interested in what I would conclude. Another friend encouraged me because she had studied it herself in school and often asserts herself as an expert to me on the American monomyth. I just wanted to know because I think an understanding of this classical thought would be useful in my study of the multimedia and its interaction with culture. After all, Joseph Campbell influenced how people started reading and writing literature. It does help to know what the hell people are talking about in that regard. Read the rest of this entry

A look at Doctor Who and Mythology – DW series 1 and 5


In a previous entry I mentioned that the British scifi series Doctor Who could very well be considered a modern myth. Since then I have watched the entirety of the ninth (Christopher Eccleston) and eleventh (Matt Smith) Doctors’ runs on the show. This is two full series – 26 episodes. Based on this sample alone, which is a drastically small microcosm of the television show, I cannot liken Doctor Who to mythology. It certainly has some mythic elements, but I refuse to let that be an indicator of anything based solely on the fact that writers far and wide decided to consciously include mythical elements into their works after the publication of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Read the rest of this entry