Metal Gear Solid and the Flow of Malinformation

“Not to control content, but to create context” Metal Gear Solid and the Flow of Malinformation By Sebastián Sanhueza Rodríguez The relevance of a great dystopia is not measured by how far-fetched—how far from the real world, as it were—it is, but how close to home it hits. Like great science fiction, dystopia comprises graphic…

Just Published: Black Panther and Philosophy

Explore the fascinating historical and contemporary philosophical issues that arise in Black Panther In Black Panther and Philosophy: What Can Wakanda Offer The World, a diverse panel of experts delivers incisive critical reflections on the Oscar-winning 2018 film, Black Panther, and the comic book mythology that preceded it. The collection explores historical and contemporary issues—including colonialism, slavery,…

When Tech Meets Tradition: How Wakandan Technology Transcends Anti-Blackness

When Tech Meets Tradition How Wakandan Technology Transcends Anti-Blackness Timothy E. Brown *This essay appears as Chapter 16 in Black Panther and Philosophy. Black Panther was more empowering for me than I thought it would be. Here we had a mainstream film about an ultra-advanced African nation, set in Marvel’s mostly-white cinematic universe. And there…

Wheel of Time and Philosophy: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts Wheel of Time and Philosophy Edited by Jacob M. Held The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Please circulate and post widely. Apologies for cross posting. To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact the Series Editor, William Irwin, at williamirwin@kings.edu Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but…

SEARCH PARTY

SEARCH PARTY Searching for Meaning on the Eve of the Apocalypse By Robin Bunce What is Search Party? Trust me: this is a multi-million-dollar question. Right now, scientists and TV execs are closeted in labs across America dissecting each episode, sequencing it’s genome, hoping to crack the formula. Search Party is an everyday story of…

Diversis Viribus: Diversity in the XCOM games

Diversis Viribus: Diversity in the XCOM games By Udi Becker With an economic value that exceeds Hollywood, the video game has established itself as both an industry and an art that are as much a part of our culture as any other form of media. As the narratives offered by games become more and more…

Avatar the Last Airbender and the Enframing

Avatar the Last Airbender and the Enframing Benjamin N. Parks “The sun’s warmth is challenged forth for heat, which in turn is ordered to deliver steam whose pressure turns the wheels that keep a factory running.” This quote from German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) on the steam turbine could just as easily describe the Fire…