Cedar Park, Texas - At the risk of sounding like an apologist; society has really got to start examining the amount of stock it places in social media. Whether it pertains to politics, health, or even criminal behavior--social media has made a huge, mostly positive impact.
This past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired over posts he made on Twitter nearly years earlier. The subject matter dealt with pedophilia and rape, all being very disturbing and crude. However, the backlash of said tweets coming to the public eye has been mixed. Obviously, Disney was going to fire him. But many, celebrities included, have shown satisfaction, comfort, outrage, and anger over Gunn's firing.
"...yes those comments were over 9 years old. Yes they were terrible awful comments. Not excusing his behavior. Disney knew about these comments (surely) yet waited to fire him until they made their $."
"So I guess you dudes caping for #JamesGunn ALSO have a plethora of rape/transphobic/pedophilia obsessive tweets you are also hoping you never get judged for, huh?"
"Even if #JamesGunn hadn't apologized for his jokes, there shouldn't have been any reason to fire him. I don't find that kind of shock value humour funny either, but in the end, it's just 'humour' & no reality. Family Guy has a whole character entirely based on this kind of humour."
With these quotes, one can identify three very different forms of criticisms of the situation. Yes, Gunn was wrong for the posts he made. Yes, it's incredible suspicious that Disney is only now taking disciplinary action against him for it. However, the argument against 'retroactive justice' especially justice via social media is growing. A familiar saying has resurfaced out of the age of social media justice, "In the court of public opinion, one is guilty until proven innocent". While social media is seeing many of the guilty answering for their various sins--many casualties are people like you and me. People who, maybe a decade or so ago--were problematic, toxic individuals who utilized social media (in it's early years) to spread hatred and discriminatory speech across the web. Many to a very small degree. Is it still reprehensible? Absolutely. Do I believe situations like this should start going to trial? Absolutely.
Cases like James Gunn's deserve their day in a court of law: Because Gunn was unfairly fired? Dunno.
Because Disney's delayed action toward Gunn shouldn't be explained away as ignorance? Yes.
Because there needs to be a precedent set for the way businesses move based on evidence provided wholly through social media. Why? Because in the age of memes, photographic gags, and original posts being edited for shock value--the whole truth should still be the goal.
As of this posts, thousands have started a petition to Disney to re-hire director James Gunn. Among those who have signed the petition is actress Selma Blair.
Cedar Park, Texas - This week's episode of ShckValue features Desmond Child's radio interview with Memphis-based Hip-hop recording artist, Cadillack Jack (aka Jun1or). The rapper discusses his latest album, Year of 10 as well as what all went into the new project. He also describes his unique style, blending a sharp, lyrical flow seasoned in Memphis rap culture.
Links to Support The Artist:
Bandcamp - Purchase a copy of his new album, Year of 10
Twitter - Follow Cadillac Jack on Twitter
Austin, Texas - Another week has passed and several new Summer hits have made their way into theaters! Before we get into which five films are earning the most this week, let's take a look at the films that are just outside the Top Five. I like to call it our Bottom Five:
#5 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1,860,630)
The second installment in the 'Jurassic World' franchise is still doing well off of it's reported budget of between $180-$187 million.
#4 - Skyscraper ($18,896,860)
The Rock's homage to 90's action flicks has definitely made it's mark in theaters.
#3 - Incredibles 2 ($2,093,667)
The sequel to Pixar's 2005 smash hit has not only outperformed the original in theaters, it's starting to be perceived as better than the original.
#2 - Ant-man and the Wasp ($2,992,247)
If anybody's surprised about Marvel's staying power--I don't know what to tell you. The Ant-man sequel is doing fairly well on it's own. It's budget was between $162-$195 million, and it's reportedly earned north of $299.4 million.
#1 - Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($4,333,438)
The Adam Sandler-driven sequel is cashing in on the family movie genre. It's budget reportedly of $80 million converting to about $121 million+ in earnings.
Cedar Park, Texas - Checkout the new trailer from Director M. Night Shymalan's new film, Glass. It's about a security guard named David Dunn who uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has 24 personalities. The previous two movies in the series were 'Unbreakable' (2000) and 'Split' (2016).
Cedar Park, Texas - Looks like DC fans got their first look at the new , live-action Teen Titans series. Take a look at the official trailer below and let us know what you think!
The show will be on Sundays slot as well as Video on Demand
Cedar Park, Texas - According to DHX Media the brand-new series, based on the popular video game character (created by Akira Kitamura and Keiji Inafune), will debut on Cartoon Network on August 5, 2018. That's on the first Sunday of August and the series will continue to air on Sundays.
Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex, and the creators in Big Hero 6) are the creative team behind the project.
San Diego Comic Con served as the platform to debut the show, and there aren't a ton of visual evidence of the series in action other than this promo below. Let us know what you think! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Source: DHX Media Press Release]
Cedar Park, Texas - Japan is majestic. Japan is beautiful. It has qualities we all love and much of it is tied to it's quirky pop-culture. From the anime and manga, to the hyper-obsessive 'otaku' culture and J-Pop fashion; Japan (to Americans) must seem like a country full of niche, odd interests.
Who could forget about the country's rigorous schooling and testing? Much of the West is watching and looking for aspects of Japan's school system to adopt, while marveling at it's technological prowess.
Which leads us to today's conversation:
Japan's future doesn't look all that bright...
Robots can pretty much do anything? Should they?
Japan seems to feel like technology is the key to solving these problems which are effecting the economy. However, the amount of faith the country places in it's technology does bring up some important questions. For example, many feel that relying too heavily on technology could result in a complete shift in the dynamic of Japanese culture. People relying on robots to clean. People relying on robots to feed them.
What about people relying on robots in the legal system?
A robotic police force should be able to cut through all the bias (aside from bias built into the laws), correct?
Here's something to think about: Imagine robots as social companions like a friend or even family member. Well, guess what? Japan's robot population is already over 350,000!
SIDE NOTE: WATCH THIS VIDEO BELOW OF ERICA THE ROBOT ANSWERING USER SUBMITTED QUESTIONS! WOW.
Robots can fill the void--be it economical or social...
Osaka University and other leaders in the field of robotics in Japan, believe robots are the key to a sustainable economy. Because there are too many jobs and not enough people to do them, robots (or the more human-like, androids) can be built to take on those jobs. Be it cheap labor or even running a hotel (i.e. google "The Weird Hotel").
The elephant in the room, as I mentioned earlier, is Japan's hesitation with allowing in more immigrants. Ideally, the idea of allowing immigrants to come in and take up those cheap-labor jobs with work visas, opportunities for citizenship, etc--seems like a fair trade off. But the Japanese fear the shift in society would be too drastic. For some reason, they believe the fabric of their country would be torn and replaced with something , a little less...Japanese, I guess? It's complicated, to be sure. In my opinion, loosening the immigration laws, and cracking down on the unfair practices of businesses treating immigrants like 'living trash' feels like the more humane route to go. Japan doesn't seem to be looking for what's 'humane'. They want efficiency. They want results. And exemplary ones, at that. Japan, has always been a step ahead and their technology innovation and prowess has been the torch that has lighted their path (so to speak). With that in mind, I completely understand the logic and reasoning behind their moves toward the future.
ANOTHER VIDEO BELOW OF A ROBOT MAKING SUSHI! AWESOME.
The 3-headed Threat Lives On
With awkwardly, outdated societal norms looming, the younger generations are not engaging in sexual intercourse. So without babies and children, thousands upon thousands of schools are closing. And as the population grows older, the need for more senior citizen caretakers grows more severe.
Men and women are no longer able to connect on an emotional level in Japan. But why?
Can technology really be the solution for problems as personal as sex, romance, and having children?
How do you feel about robots being the solution to worker-shortages in Japan?
Let me know what you think at email@example.com
Cedar Park, Texas - Watch this brand-new short film starring the indomidable Nathan Fillion!
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Memphis, Tennessee - One complaint that I hear generation after generation is that everything gets worse. Among these things are cartoons. There is more content than we can keep up with, including cartoons.
How can there possibly be more bad cartoons when there are more being produced in general? My theory is that we view modern cartoons this way because of how they're presented to us by their distributors (the networks like Cartoon Network, Nick and Disney). In the near future the importance will be on how everything is organized.
This leads me to the conclusion that the cartoons aren't getting worse, the networks are. And this is why:
Cedar Park, Texas - According to Funimation's Marshal Wright, there is a Dragon Ball Super film coming to the US and Canada. The rights have been acquired by Funimation and there are plans for a theatrical release in January 2019. Here's an excerpt from the original article on Funimation's website:
...Earth’s mightiest Saiyan Goku is set to return to U.S. and Canadian theaters with today’s announcement that Funimation® Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the new Dragon Ball Super movie, entitled “Dragon Ball Super: Broly This is the twentieth film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is based on the story, screenplay and character designs of original creator Akira Toriyama. As part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film’s international distributor Twentieth Century Fox, Funimation also secured the home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the film. This latest agreement builds on the 22-year long partnership between Toei Animation and Funimation, which has contributed to the global success and pop culture status of the Dragon Ball franchise. “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is anticipated to release in January 2019. The theatrical dates for the film’s run will be announced later.
One of the biggest tidbits to come out about the new film is that it'll feature berserker Saiyan, Broly. While fans are excited about the continuation of the franchise and the new feature film; there are some who feel as if the villain being a familiar one (and a ultra-Mary Sue at that) was a bit of a disappointment. One things for sure, the number one Shonen in the game really seems to have picked up steam since the conclusion of the 'Super' series. We'll continue to follow the brand as more information becomes available. [LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE]