Chinese Government’S Inability To Use Film – One Of The Most Powerful Cultural Tools Of Soft Power Expansion – To Achieve Its Soft Power Expansion Goals: Lessons For China To Tackle Its Soft Power-Deficit Problem, 2018 University of Puget Sound
Chinese Government’S Inability To Use Film – One Of The Most Powerful Cultural Tools Of Soft Power Expansion – To Achieve Its Soft Power Expansion Goals: Lessons For China To Tackle Its Soft Power-Deficit Problem, Kyungin Kim
International Political Economy Theses
Many scholars of Chinese soft power commonly believe that despite the fact that China has been working hard to achieve successful soft power expansion, one of the biggest factors that leads to Chinese soft power deficit or failure of the Chinese government to effectively trump “China threat” is its inability to use its cultural industries as a tool to fulfill its soft power expansion goals. This is a major obstacle to China in achieving its goal of successful Chinese soft power expansion, as it is said that culture is the most traditional and powerful source of soft power expansion. This ...
Follow The Leader: Edward R. Murrow’S See It Now And Contemporary Influencer Marketing, 2018 Emory University
Follow The Leader: Edward R. Murrow’S See It Now And Contemporary Influencer Marketing, Sean Eagan
Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC)
This paper explores the historical connection between influencer marketing and Edward R. Murrow. Influencer marketing is the use of an individual that has significant influence over their marketplace’s decision-making. The academic literature positions influencer marketing as an entirely new marketing practice. I argue that journalist Edward R. Murrow, the most widely known and revered news anchor of the 1950s, and his show See It Now used similar “influencer” strategies. I explore the categories of social ranking, trust, and peer-to-peer connection. For instance, during the 1950s, television programming had sponsorships from companies in exchange of promotion in the programming, and ...
‘Fake News Hysteria’: How An Analysis Of Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds Broadcast Can Inform The Issue Of ‘Fake News’, Mirella Kami Ntahonsigaye
Since the 2016 United States election the topic of ‘fake news’ has been an ongoing public concern, creating anxiety around the reliability of information circulating the Internet and appearing on our social media. There is difficulty in defining exactly what ‘fake news’ is, much less devising methods to help people identify truthful content. There are even fewer discussions revolving around similar past instances that might be able to offer some valuable insight on understanding, not just ‘fake news, but also our contemporary relationship with our media. I argue in this paper that the historical War of the Worlds radio broadcast ...
Psychoanalysis And Star Wars: The Force Awakens: What The Film Says About Gender Ideology, 2018 University of Washington, Tacoma
Psychoanalysis And Star Wars: The Force Awakens: What The Film Says About Gender Ideology, Brooke Dochnahl
Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship
Star Wars is a major film franchise and has been part of United States’ pop culture for decades. This paper will look at the first film in the newest Skywalker trilogy. This paper defines psychoanalysis as a method for studying the media text, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It then defines the substructures of psychoanalysis, including Freud’s id, ego, and superego, and their relation to the film, as well as Jung’s archetypes of the hero, sidekick, and shadow element. It then gives a brief discussion of the characters Kylo Ren, Rey, and Finn, including defining characteristics such as ...
Cultural Techniques Of Mirroring From Lecanomancy To Lacan, 2018 University of Wisconsin - Superior
Cultural Techniques Of Mirroring From Lecanomancy To Lacan, George C. Vollrath
Drawing on archaeological and historical evidence about the materials, production techniques, and ritualized use of mirrors in ancient and modern contexts, this paper demonstrates that potentials for self-recognition are subject to the material attributes of mirrors themselves. I argue that any theory of the self in communication theory must foreground mediated techniques of self-recognition if it wishes to understand the concepts of identity and identification in their cultural and historical specificity. I address mirrors from ancient Egypt, Mesoamerica, and Greece, biblical stories, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and modern psychological theory. In all cases, I find that a clear link ...
Constructing The Invisible - Computer Graphics And The End Of Optical Media, 2018 Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia
Constructing The Invisible - Computer Graphics And The End Of Optical Media, Ricardo Cedeño Montaña, Christina Vagt
This media archaeology of early computer graphics tackles the relation between the imaginary and technical media. We focus on the algorithmic procedures and mathematical principles driving 3D computer graphics during the 1970’s and we frame them in a discussion about the end of optical media and a reflection on the current situation in which images, commanded by techno-codes, delineate and structure the dominant code of communication with which we imagine. Even though algorithmic simulations of optical worlds do not represent the end of optical media as Friedrich Kittler once argued, computer graphics can be seen retrospectively as an escalation ...
An Old Film In A New Light: Lighting As The Key To Johannine Identity In "Ordet", 2018 University of Otago
An Old Film In A New Light: Lighting As The Key To Johannine Identity In "Ordet", Richard V. Goodwin
Journal of Religion & Film
In his essay on Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet, P. Adams Sitney draws a parallel between the protagonist, Johannes, and John the Evangelist, author of the fourth gospel. He suggests that the delusional Johannes’s sanity returns upon the recovery of his own name, turning on the invocation of his biblical namesake, John the Evangelist. Compelling as Sitney’s is, however, I argue that we arrive at a more helpful interpretation by attending to an aspect that has been largely overlooked in critical discussion of the film: lighting. Careful analysis of the lighting yields a perspective in which Johannes is ...
Bonding Images: Photography And Film As Acts Of Perpetration, 2018 Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Research Center
Bonding Images: Photography And Film As Acts Of Perpetration, Christophe Busch
Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal
Historical and contemporary cases of collective violence show an incremental use of photography and film to capture and disseminate violent acts. Recording cruelty during conflict seems to be a highly ritualised practice that urges the question what communicative and psychological functions these acts have? Why and how does perpetrator photography shape a binding moral world that divides 'us' versus 'them'? These visualising acts are commonly seen as proof of power that desensitises the perpetrators and dehumanises the victims. This contribution focuses on the imagery of the Holocaust, looks into the functions that capturing and sharing cruelty has on the evolution ...
Musical “Covers” And The Culture Industry: From Antiquity To The Age Of Digital Reproducibility, 2018 Fordham University
Musical “Covers” And The Culture Industry: From Antiquity To The Age Of Digital Reproducibility, Babette Babich
Articles and Chapters in Academic Book Collections
This essay foregrounds “covers” of popular recorded songs as well as male and female desire, in addition to Nietzsche’s interest in composition, together with his rhythmic analysis of Ancient Greek as the basis of what he called the “spirit of music” with respect to tragedy. The language of “sonic branding” allows a discussion of what Günther Anders described as the self-creation of the mass consumer but also a reflection on the ghostly time-space of music in the broadcast world. A brief allusion to Rilke complements a similarly brief reference to Jankelevitch’s “ineffable.”
Introduction: Rethinking Critical Theory And Maoism, 2018 Duke University
Introduction: Rethinking Critical Theory And Maoism, Kang Liu
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
In his article, "Rethinking Critical Theory and Maoism," Kang Liu reviews the existing literature in English on the relationship of Critical Theory and Maoism and discusses the need to explore and reconstruct a genealogy of Critical Theory and Maoism within the global context of political, ideological, and intellectual currents and trends. The special issue will focus on three clusters of issues: first, the western invention of Maoism as a universal theory of revolution; second, the reception of Critical Theory in China and its relationship to Maoism; and third, the relevance of Maoism and Critical Theory today. Liu raises the question ...
Maoism In Culture: A “Glocalized” Or “Sinicized” Marxist Literary Theory, 2018 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Maoism In Culture: A “Glocalized” Or “Sinicized” Marxist Literary Theory, Ning Wang
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
In his essay "Maoism in Culture," Ning Wang discusses the importance to literature and art of Mao's famous "Yan'an Talks" as one of his most representative works. Maoism, or Mao Zedong Thought as is generally called in China, is a "glocalized" or "Sinicized" Marxism initiated and developed by Mao and his comrades in arms and successors in China. Wang argues that although Maoism is not a dogmatically "imported" Marxism from the West, it has indeed grasped some fundamental Marxist principles in combination with the concrete Chinese literary and critical practice. Thus a "glocalized" or "Sinicized" Marxist literary theory ...
Mao's "On Contradiction," Mao-Hegel/Mao-Deleuze, 2018 Duke University
Mao's "On Contradiction," Mao-Hegel/Mao-Deleuze, Kenneth Surin
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
Mao Tse-Tung's famous 1937 essay "On Contradiction" is regarded as a significant attempt to redefine and reapply Marx's notion of a "dialectical contradiction" to the Chinese revolutionary conjuncture of Mao's time. I set out the principles outlined in Mao's essay, before arguing that the revolutionary conjuncture of his time no longer exists in the era of globalization and neoliberalism. I conclude that a new conception of "antagonism" is needed, and revise Mao's position with the aid of the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari.
Mapping Out Chinese Modernity And Alternative Modernity, 2018 Wuhan University
Mapping Out Chinese Modernity And Alternative Modernity, Song Li
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
In his article, “Mapping Out Chinese Modernity and Alternative Modernity,” Song Li reviews the writings of Kang Liu, particularly his Aesthetics and Marxism. Kang Liu studies the intellectual trajectory of Chinese Marxism from its inception to its post-Mao phases of transformation by comparing it with the cultural and aesthetic thinking of Western Marxism. It provides not only a new perspective for the study of Marxism in general and Chinese Marxism in particular, but also opens up a new space for mapping out Chinese modernity and alternative modernity. Its 2012 Chinese translation makes it more accessible in China, and it will ...
The Political (Un)Conscious: Rethinking Aesthetics From A Cross-Cultural Perspective, 2018 Shenzhen University
The Political (Un)Conscious: Rethinking Aesthetics From A Cross-Cultural Perspective, Xiaohong Zhang
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
In her article, "The Political (Un)conscious: Rethinking Aesthetics from a Cross-Cultural Perspective," Xiaohong Zhang adopts a cross-cultural perspective, examining the cultural-specific nuances of critical terms like race, class and gender, all of which have bearings on our perception and conception of aesthetics. Drawing on Emory Elliot's groundbreaking book, Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age (2002), the paper probes into the aesthetic experience whose primary effect is to depragmatize. Along this line of thinking, the author draws attention to the aesthetic impetus of two Nobel laureates, Mo Yan and Gao Xingjian, whose rewriting of Western classics demonstrates Chinese authors' shared ...
The Revolution Of Plastic, 2018 CUNY Hunter College
The Revolution Of Plastic, Marine Brun-Franzetti
School of Arts & Sciences Theses
The Revolution Of Plastic is a fiction film about the overconsumption of plastic in our everyday lives. Leo, a ten year-old girl who loves dolphins, rebels against her father Mister Risso, the Manager of Detergents at Willy Supermarket.
Women & Tolkien: Amazons, Valkyries, Feminists, And Slashers, 2018 Texas A&M University-Commerce
Women & Tolkien: Amazons, Valkyries, Feminists, And Slashers, Robin A. Reid Dr.
Journal of Tolkien Research
This paper reports on an early pilot project that asks women who self identify as readers or fans of Tolkien's work and/or teachers who have taught Tolkien's work, and/or scholars who have published on Tolkien's work to answer a few open-ended questions about their reasons for enjoying his work. By "women," I mean anybody who identifies as a woman. By "Tolkien's work," I mean any of his published novels, stories, poems, or academic essays. The study arises from the question that is often asked of fans of Tolkien's work: why do women so ...
Sacred Time In The Work Of Makoto Shinkai, 2018 Brigham Young University
Sacred Time In The Work Of Makoto Shinkai, Kassandra I. Schreiber
Undergraduate Honors Theses
This thesis looks at two works of anime director, writer, and producer Makoto Shinkai and examines how they create sacred experiences through the visual and narratological construction of time. Mircea Elaide’s concept of eternal return is joined with Gilles Deleuze’s film theory of Time-Images and time crystals to analyze the creation of sacred moments: moments of rejuvenation and reorientation. Not only are the two films, 5 Centimeters per Second and Your Name, read through the lens of these theories but these movies also illustrate how anime is unique art form that is well suited for the manipulation of ...
“Recognize Me”: An Analysis Of Transgender Media Representation, 2018 University of Windsor
“Recognize Me”: An Analysis Of Transgender Media Representation, Jackson Taylor Mclaren
The representation of transgender people in popular media has been overwhelmingly problematic. Historical representations of transgender characters in fictional television have featured stereotypical and negative portrayals that do not accurately reflect the real experiences of transgender people. Both the quantity and quality of transgender representation across all forms of media is an issue.
This research examines two popular television shows that feature transgender characters. Using a mix methods approach of Content Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis, the first four seasons of Orange is the New Black and The Fosters are examined. This research seeks to examine how the fictional transgender ...
Filming The Stage: Reflections On The Historical And The Aesthetic Perspectives Of An Essential Archive Of The Future, 2018 Université Catholique de Louvain
Filming The Stage: Reflections On The Historical And The Aesthetic Perspectives Of An Essential Archive Of The Future, André Deridder
Proceedings from the Document Academy
Since the appearance and growth of cinema, a close but sometimes ambiguous relationship has been forged between the “Seventh Art” and the performing arts. Although cinema evolved quickly to become an art form in its own right, the stage and the productions produced for this space remain an object of attention for film directors. The relationship between the audio-visual sector and the presentational arts torments historians, creators and aestheticians alike. Experimented with and made use of by some, with varying degrees of success, fully rejected by others, the filming of the stage always raises many practical questions as well as ...
Made Up: A Devised Short Film, 2018 Honors College, Pace University
Made Up: A Devised Short Film, Justine Musselman
Honors College Theses
I've explored and studied the use of devising in theatre, and decided to bring that process to the making of a short film. Devising is the process of an ensemble creating a piece together in a collaborative and creative environment. These devised works start without a final script and are formed through discussion, improvisation. and ensemble exercises. Film is a new medium for devising and allows for unlimited creative opportunity and exploration. My devised short film utilizes dramatic makeup as an artistic device to assist in the storytelling. The narrative focuses on the idea of how we present ourselves ...