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To be sure, the recent rise in the popularity of dystopian entertainment is not unprecedented, with such stories appearing in many mediums across the centuries. However, the recent resurgence of interest is somewhat unique.
"It's not real. It can't be real," says Alicia Clark while watching a horrifying scene from the previous night shot by Los Angeles news on a smart phone. "Watch, it's the new real," says her pal, as both girls watch between high school classes awestruck.
Gripping a Starbucks cappuccino in one hand I rode the creaky elevator up to the sixth floor of Brotman hospital. It was back in the mid nineties and I was on my way to the local detox center where I had been working as a drug and alcohol counselor for a year. My qualifications for the job came from my own intensive research with mind-altering substances.
People will follow your page if you are providing them with interesting content that plays on their emotional heartstrings. After you have gained trust and respect in their eyes, then it's okay to promote what you are up to, but don't bombard!
If you've watched The Walking Dead, you probably already know that the real danger in a post-zombie-apocalyptic world isn't the zombies. It's the people. Game theory is a branch of mathematics that can be used to understand strategic interactions between humans.
Where does our cultural conjoining of sleep and death come from, and how has the entanglement of the two concepts persisted throughout time in our major artistic and historic works?
As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?
Fashion is fickle and comes in waves, rushing up onto the shores of consciousness, soaking the landscape so it becomes more than a trend, before receding to be re-invented, a decade or two later.
It's the highest rated cable TV show that's been continuing on an upward trajectory since its pilot episode aired on October 31, 2010. And while technically already having won two Emmys, both Creative Arts Emmys in 2011 and 2012, The Walking Dead deserves more.
"You really like those AMC shows don't you?" a woman asked me recently. To which I said, "Yes, I do." For AMC means it when they say story matters here. Also, it's their compelling characters who give depth to their stories. Therefore, both story and characters matter at AMC.
Okay, that's a little misleading. It will take a bit more than two minutes to read this, but I recently had the opportunity to spend two minutes each pulling quotables from gaming and pop culture icons.
Do celebrities regret the same things in life that most people do? When I reached out to discover what the famous look back on with regret, I received responses from a very unique group of individuals.
Never in my lifetime have I heard of a science fiction theatre festival -- perhaps because they never existed until actor/writer David Dean Bottrell came up with the idea in 2013 after reading The Wife's Story, a dark and unusual short piece by the great Ursula LeGuin.
Archery is cool now. Blame it on The Hunger Games, The Avengers, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones -- but the good ol' bow and arrow have never b...
The day our selfies accurately reflect our inner lives is the day we become an integrated species. This is the day the Shadow recedes and the Self of higher awareness shows up. It's a day worth waiting for. The struggle is right before us, projected on our computers, phones, TV screens and in new genres of literature dedicated to the paranormal underbelly.