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An Assessment of Dubstep

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Approximately one decade ago, amid London’s bustling hip-hop scene, someone saw fit to inject a fresh wave of music into the new millennium. Or rather, someone thought it would be a good idea to pluck bass rhythm from its customary background layer and give it a psychedelic wobble.

That’s one bare-bones interpretation of dubstep: a mild hip-hop beat corrupted by bass fluctuations gone haywire. It’s unconventional to say the least, and abrasive to some people, but it still seduces youthful ears. England is currently drenched in it, and here in the United States, it’s a burgeoning sensation.

Artists like Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay-Z are all keen on dubstep infusion. Traces of the sound can be found in a few of their latest records, and this trend seems to be gaining traction with other prominent musicians. So could it be a matter of time before dubstep becomes a full-blown mainstream brand of music? Or is it already there?

But the real question is: How does dubstep reflect this generation?

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October 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Cool Images: The Potential World of ‘The Hunger Games’

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The Hunger Games is a popular young adult science fiction novel, written by Suzanne Collins, currently being adapted to film. It takes place in a dystopian world featuring pristine futuristic cities, destroyed futuristic cities,  poverty stricken districts and perilous battle zones. While no official images from the film have been released, there is a bountiful source of science fiction matte paintings and digital art that many talented artists have produced on the web over the years. This post contains a compilation of images that fit the descriptions of each cool zone in the novel.

The richness of imagination and creative detail in these pictures should get fans excited about what the upcoming film could look like. Click the link below or scroll down to check them out!

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May 3, 2011 at 1:16 am

Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes: American Pomp under British Circumstance

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“Outrageous” is how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association characterized British comedian Ricky Gervais’ 2nd performance as host of the Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony Sunday, January 16th on NBC. Despite the overwhelming positive response from viewers online, the HPFA had good reason to express their discontent.

Gervais’ act kicked off with a detailed recount of actor Charlie Sheen’s publicized run in with police after allegedly consuming copious amounts of drugs and locking a woman in a bathroom. Gervais then took it upon himself to out two rumored-to-be-gay scientologists, one of whom many surmised was Tom Cruise. And finally, he ended with some rather vulgar speculation about the nature of 84-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s recent marriage to a 24-year-old. And that was just the opening monologue.

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March 7, 2011 at 3:14 am

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The Art of Emotion in ‘Fun Home’ and ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

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Emotional poignancy appears to be getting more and more difficult for storytellers to achieve. Stifled by the rigid layer of cynicism in the minds of audiences it becomes a challenge strike a deep chord, particularly in stories with heart and soul. Many have turned to subtlety and an underlying cynicism of their own to confront this issue. Matching the jaded wavelength of the audience has been an effective way of disguising emotion and slipping powerful themes under the radar. Writers use dry narration to avoid being overly melodramatic or filling their work with cues telling readers exactly how to emotionally respond in situations. Filmmakers shy away from enforcing a particular emotional message, keeping ideology undefined and preventing their film from becoming “too preachy.” Alison Bechdel’s comic book, Fun Home, and Wes Anderson’s film, The Royal Tenenbaums, are two stories that not only use subtlety to effectively convey emotion, but also adopt additional creative ways of penetrating barriers of cynicism. The stories are similar in the way they extract the emotion from the source and spread it to other areas. Feeling takes on different forms as it buries itself in the atmosphere and transforms into something more aesthetically appealing.

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January 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

My Photos of Obama’s Cincinnati Speech

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Cincinnati Local 12 News (WKRC) – “President Obama paid a visit to the Tri-state [Thursday] afternoon to promote his jobs plan and push for the reconstruction of the Brent Spence Bridge.”   Speech Transcript and Video.

Originally posted: September 21, 2011

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January 15, 2011 at 12:13 am

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