Law Enforcement and The Future: Conspiracy Theories from Dragon Con’s X-Track

My dad’s a bit of a conspiracy theorist. I grew up listening to him talk about movies like Pelican Brief, Ransom, and Conspiracy Theory and his ideas about government. When I got to college, I started watching The X-Files with my roommate. Now, I enjoy shows like Continuum, Almost Human (RIP), and Dollhouse. What is it about conspiracy theories that is so tantalizing? The one fan panel I went to

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This Is Not How I’d Envisioned The Future

I turn to stories for comfort. When things begin to go dark, I pull a DVD off the shelf or browse Netflix for something that will shed a little light. Stories have been used since the beginning to instruct and inspire. Every oral tradition, every ancient culture, every urban neighborhood has stories, myths, legends. It’s because stories are how we share our knowledge of the world. When something goes wrong

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Diversity in Television, Part 6: Orientation and Gender

A young man grows up believing his elder brother was his father’s favorite. When his sibling returns, seemingly from the dead, his appearance sends out shock waves. He isn’t a man anymore. She is a woman. Alexis spent her whole life in pain because she knew who she was and her father couldn’t accept it. So he forced her to join him in “masculine” activities and excluded her younger brother

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Diversity In Television, Part 4: Politics

How much do politics affect us in our daily lives, really? Does it depend on where we live, who we know, and how involved we are in our communities? How do our political views affect those around us,  from acquaintances, family members, or co-workers? And what about those of us who are a little less inclined to take part in the political arena? I will admit to being extremely apathetic,

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