Author: Shane

State of Play

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The documentary State  of play brought two main issues to mind for me. The modern-day deification of celebrities and how corporatization becoming wide spread and the effect this has on the economy.

Corpratizition has been applied to a lot of things, games are a good example (specifically EA properties) where games are only partially released for sale now and the rest of it is also sold yo you later on. Japanese Idol culture had success so became a massive industry with junior divisions and teams of 80+ individuals.

We seen in the scene in which the motivational speaker was giving an almost cult like sermon to the sea of recently acquired talent that they should not doubt their career choice as they are simply the way of the future. All naysayers simply do not yest understand what they are doing. Which was shown to include educators and entire families trying…

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Godzilla

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The movie gives a clear impression of the fears towards nuclear weapons. Given the movie came out roughly a decade after the end of World War 2 (WWII) which for the Japanese concluded after being attacked twice with nuclear weapons (named Fat Man and Little Boy) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively.

I was reminded of the Hiroshima ground zero site (as pictured above) which now houses many plaques detailing the event, making note of the use of such weapons on predominantly civilian locals. They are very careful with the wording, avoiding outright calling the act a war crime but the intent is very much there. The obvious reasoning for this subdued recount would be that it would contradict the heroic story spoken of in the dominant discourse (“history is written by the winners” and all that) but Japan themselves were basically on par with the Nazis when it came to…

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