Are Memes Art?
by Amrit Paul
KnowYourMeme.com says it's a website dedicated to documenting Internet phenomena.
With the shelf life of as-long-as-your-attention-span-is,
memes are given likes, fed shares and served an internet death.
Are memes a work of art? What's the threshold aesthetic value beyond which a form of expression is considered "art"?
I mean, Eva Green's resting sadface is a work of art. Even without Prisma.
by Devanjali Banerjee
“They call for you, and everyone like you, everyone who always felt like they were out of place, like something was wrong, like the world was not built for them, to take a deeper look at what’s really broken (hint: it’s not you). Every geek feminist and aspiring geek feminist; every cultural revolutionary; every loud, angry, weepy, mad kid who wanted to be a hero but wasn’t sure where to start…”
The title of the book caught my eye before anything else did. “The Geek Feminist Revolution”. It sounded bold and the cover looked intriguing. I clicked on it within seconds. You learn to expect no less from Ms. Hurley, who also happens to be a successful and effective ad-woman; clickbait is her bread and butter. The most satisfying thing is realizing that she backs up every word in the title.
by Luv Mehta
When Netflix came to India, it took a while for me to get on the bandwagon, but I’m glad I did. I like having contributed money to stuff I like, and I like having shows and movies a mere click away (and that has been your requisite promotion, Netflix™, I’ll send you my email address, and you can send me all of the money).
Netflix has a lot of original shows too, though, and one of them caught my eye. BoJack Horseman is, at first glance, a show seemingly filled with every stereotype common to American animation (black comedy, filthy humour, satire of Hollywood and American obsession with any form of excess), which has nevertheless captured the imagination of many a critic. So I checked it out.
And, well, I found another new favourite TV show. Let me tell you why, in a few spoiler-free paragraphs.
by Zehra Kazmi
As I watched the season finale of Penny Dreadful, a sense of foreboding came to me on seeing the ‘special’ opening credits. Only when the final credits had rolled and my laptop screen turned blank, and when I found myself hoping against what I knew to be true and Googling if this was in fact, the last episode of the series, did it start to sink in. The new cover photo on the official facebook page of the show proclaimed, ‘It was foretold.’ and that just made me angry. It took a day for me to come to terms with it. It has ended. They won’t air new episodes of my favourite show anymore.
As someone who followed the plot closely, I was sure the show wouldn’t go on endlessly and would wrap up in few seasons but to end it, without warning, in just its third season felt like creator John Logan (writer of Skyfall, Hugo and The Aviator among other films) had strangled a prodigy right in the middle of her swan song. The multiple new characters that were introduced this season made us believe that there was room for this story to continue, but it was all an unnecessary facade.
Yet, if you still haven’t seen Penny Dreadful, you need to watch it NOW. Because it’s simply one of the best TV shows you will ever see.
by Luv Mehta
And here we finally are, with the last episode of Tennant’s tenure, as well as of Russell T. Davies as showrunner. If you haven’t read recaps for the previous seasons, you can do so here (for the first series), here (for the second) and here (for the third).
So, how does this season compare to the rest? Let's find out!
by Luv Mehta
When HBO started the TV show adaptation of Game Of Thrones, they did so with the expectation that George R. R. Martin would, in all probability, finish his books in the time it took for them to catch up. Which is hilarious, since if there's anything GRRM is infamous for (other than his food descriptions, gratuitous violence and relentless subversive tactics) it's his indifference towards deadlines. So we've had five seasons of high quality television come and go, and David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have been left on their own to make further seasons, with a few inputs from GRRM on the major plot points.
So, what do we say when the first original season in Game Of Thrones turned out to be of such mixed quality?