Artifact: Media

Which of the blistering array of transmedia forms does your tale manifest in? Is it a book, a film, a play? A tv show we’ll marathon for days and days?

  • Role-Playing Gays – Tabletop RPGs

    Role-Playing Gays – Tabletop RPGs

    Our third installment of Play It Loud delves deeper into the world of tabletop gaming, specifically queer representation in RPGs. We’ll draw upon precedent from other media, and earmark some of the podcasts and streamed “live plays” that “get it right”. We’ve also got some examination on the nature of good representation, and how it’s not Calculus if you’re not performative.

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  • Restoring Faith

    Restoring Faith

    Fat-bodied individuals are woefully underrepresented in media, and seeing them positively showcased is even rarer. As lighting rods for vicious stereotypes, this has profoundly negative effects on how fat people, and fans as a whole, relate to media. Let’s dig a bit deeper, into insidious effects on self worth, and positive steps for the future.

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  • The Anglicization of Middle-earth

    The Anglicization of Middle-earth

    A study of anglophile and ethnocentric narratives, given perceptions of racism in Arda, the setting of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, as seen in Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Simarillion.

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  • Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    We return to our examinations on “The New Weird” while pondering the very basis of narrative. Do we tell stories? Or do they tell themselves through us? That’s the challenge known as “The Borgesian Conundrum”, a potent tool in a genre with prophecy, visions and congress with alien powers in its collective toolbox. Made all the more relevant by The SCP Foundations collective font of stories.

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  • Roll for Representation: Tabletop Gaming

    Roll for Representation: Tabletop Gaming

    In today’s Play It Loud, we explore the group activity of tabletop gaming. While considered a straight boys’ club until relatively recently, we’ll examine the journey to create more inclusive, Queer-friendly adventures where are players feel welcome, included and represented.

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  • Play it Loud—Series Conspectus

    Play it Loud—Series Conspectus

    Fandoms haven’t always been the most welcoming to outsiders, ironically enough—given their history in Americana. Join us on an exploratory tour of this inter-sectional paradox, through the various demographics and their respective welcome (or lack thereof) to the LGBTQ community, through the eyes of one who traverses both worlds. From board and tabletop gaming, to pop culture and new media, this exposition strives to be comprehensive, yet digestible.

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  • A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    Come with us on our first look on an in-depth analysis of the history of illustration, animation, and the counter developments and competitive symbiosis of Eastern and Western influences, as its shaped the marketplace and culture of modern illustrative art.

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  • History of Woodcut and Woodblock Printing
  • An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    Join philosophy student and avid gamer Ben Steiz in his examination of the various ethics, world views and metaphysics encoded across much of pop culture. This will include both a broad survey and robust analysis of the numerous speculative fiction works and franchises.

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  • Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    A trained linguist and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast guides us through an examination of the various languages and surrounding cultural effects of numerous ‘constructed’ societies throughout  speculative fiction, from Dothraki to Klingon, with a side of Fus Roh Da!

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