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All Things Interrogated: Riot or Revolt? - Baltimore Fights Fire With Fire

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Over the last couple weeks, Baltimore was set on fire. Another black male has been mysteriously killed in police custody. Angry, the community responded. Leading the charge is a temporary alliance between The Bloods and The Crips. Like most, I was initially surprised by the alliance between the long-term rivals, but after reflecting it makes sense. Both gangs have a common enemy. Remember this is the same city that the HBO’s The Wire was based. The gangs in the show, like the gang in most American communities are persistent yet unpredictable powder kegs. Let's not be too surprised when they explode.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E9 The Suicide King and An Open Letter to Rick Grimes

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Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E8 Made To Suffer The Politically Corrected Angry Black Women

Scream 4 (2011) and Reconstructing the Unconstructed

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Does Scream really break the rules? Does the film strike the structural kernel of the horror genre? Is self-awareness of the meta-intertextuality of horror really subversive, or does Scream cling dogmatically to the banalest aspects of the films it seeks to critique?

Scream 4 begins with a complex introduction. A film inside of a film inside of a film where each film, in its respective layers, is self-aware of the film inside the film. The first opening begins with two women teasing each other about a potential stalker which devolves into a comparison between a pure/idealized horror of 80’s antiquity and contemporary horror.