As the technological acceleration of society leads to increased tension, it is our responsibility, as citizens, to not let this battle control us. We must reconsider what it means to truly communicate in the Global Village.
What makes Black Mirror most unsettling, however, is that its ultimate critique is of us rather than the technology itself: because at the end of the day, technology is a mere catalyst to the morals and motives that already exist within us.
Nonetheless, there was something alluring about Dali's his work...Like the fascination with picking a scab to see what lies beneath it, an insatiable curiosity made me return to his works.
I decided to revisit Dali in Paris and gash open the scab once more.
The Hollywood Industrial Complex produces deceptive cultural products that glorify war and lure the American public into supporting their government’s imperialist agenda. Films funded by the DOD not only anesthetize violence, but create a narrative that justifies it through plot lines, characters, and scenes that alienate American “enemies” and offer single-sided reasoning for military presence abroad
[Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator]
During the 2016 presidential election, people turned to satirical news television shows for coverage of the latest dramatic events impacting the campaign. Satire has long been revered as a powerful form of media with the ability to use humor to reveal imperfections and an underlying truth. However, as James Poniewozik observes in his article “Donald Trump is a Conundrum for Political Comedy” in The New York Times, Donald Trump’s larger than life public persona, cultivated by his preexisting celebrity and coaching for reality television has rendered him unspoofable
The Theatre of War Series is a collection of three plays that was performed at the Gallatin Arts Festival on Thursday April 14th in front of an audience of mostly Gallatin students and faculty. Just under an hour long, with a cast of five, the performance was a mid-process showcase of the dramatic material we have come up with since we began this project. For Gwen, the urge originated from an in depth exploration of the ambiguity of Bertolt Brecht’s war play, Mother Courage and Her Children, through experimental workshops with actors. For Henry, it began with a close study of war and the body in German literature from World War I and the Thirty Year’s War. Sitting down late one night in January, while reviewing a barrage of emails from professors we had reached out to as potential mentors in creating a tutorial analysing theatre of war, we thought: why not question the strange urge to study this topic--why not write our own pieces? So we did.
The Internet has wrapped us all in a cocoon of social media, drawing us closer to each other in ways unimaginable even a century ago. It allows us to marvel at the glory of ancient and faraway civilizations; reading their literature and gazing at their artwork provides a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But this globalization has not halted the irreversible destruction of our shared culture, as political movements like IS, the Taliban, and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq make poignantly clear. Will we cherish the monuments of humanity’s creativity, and stop their demolition, or will we continue to allow usurping ideologies to trample on the only relics we can truly take pride in as a collective species?