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The Monstrous Other: The Things That Bump In the Night

  Fear of the other remains a consistent figure in the horror genre, media devoted to the gruesome and dark. These stories explore humanity’s innate dread of the unknown and unwelcome. Stories about ghouls and goblins, told around campfires, evoke this primal reaction to the unknown. Renowned director John Carpenter reasons these stories seek to … Continue reading

The Foreign Other: Build a Burning Bridge

Last Month we talked about the Unknown Other, someone or something that we do not understand because we do not know about them. Very often, the Unknown person usually ends up being from a different culture and considered Foreign. With this, both the Unknown and Foreign Other share several similarities in terms of theory and … Continue reading

The Unknown Other: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You…

Last month we talked out the concept of the Other, a person or group outside of the common group, and its role in our history and culture. The practice of this concept in history saw the rise of the Third Reich and justification for Jim Crow Laws and Apartheid. So this begs the question. Have … Continue reading

The Other: An Introduction

One of the goals I had when I started Geek and Gamer Grad was to show the mainstream and academic worlds that our (Geeks and Gamers) culture is something that merits study, that matters, and can influence society. This article series is a step in that direction because we cannot truly step forward unless we … Continue reading

Geek U: Who’s Your Daddy? Models of Fatherhood in Geek and Gamer Culture Part 3 Television

Part 1/ Part 2/Part 3 by Jason McLarty Television             Television stands as one of the most dominating forces in communication media. It spans across cultural lines, borders, and ideology. To this date, no one medium has surpassed the utter saturation of information that television accomplishes. To this end, we reserved our final evaluation for … Continue reading

Geek U: Who’s Your Daddy? Models of Fatherhood in Geek and Gamer Culture Part 2 Film

Part 1/ Part 2/Part 3 by Jason McLarty When looking for strong examples of fatherhood, we can often find them in Film. Some of society’s most prominent examples of fatherhood live in this medium. Within a comic book, we see examples through word and story progression. However, in film, we see the subtle inflections of … Continue reading

Geek U: Who’s Your Daddy? Models of Fatherhood in Geek and Gamer Culture Part 1 Comics

Part 1/ Part 2/Part 3 by Jason McLarty Within the past 25 years, society saw a shift in the expected family paradigm. Where as before, the father went to work and the mother stayed home to care for the children and manage the household. The phrase “wait until your father gets home” originates from this … Continue reading

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