Pop culture columnist Nadya Siringo Ringo SC ’21 examines the phenomenon of the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group and the problem of stereotyping and generalizing in its humor.
Author: Nadya Siringo Ringo
Wuss poppin’: Clown memes — the modern fool’s gold
Pop culture columnist Nadya Siringo Ringo SC ’21 talks the trend of clown memes and what it says about the newest generation of internet users. “Nowadays, the clown isn’t a subject but rather a reflection of the fools we see in ourselves and others. The memes capitalize on the universality of mistakes and false hope — they rebuff viewers for striving toward something that leads to worthless results but validates them at the same time,” she writes.
Wuss poppin’: The appropriation of casual streetwear is a serious flex
In this week’s pop culture column, Nadya Siringo Ringo SC ’21 critiques the cultural appropriation inherent in popular streetwear and minimalist clothing. She writes, “Expensive streetwear heavily draws from the styles and cultures of low-income communities, making versions that are inaccessible to them despite their heavy influence.”
Wuss poppin’: The crying-laughing emoji’s digital, emotional versatility
Wuss poppin’ explains the various feelings that the crying-laughing emoji embodies, including both ends of the happy-sad spectrum.
Cartoon carnage — A cross-cultural analysis of child violence in animation
Anime has been showing a trend towards a more specific kind of violence — explicit violence toward children.
Beyond the male gaze: A woman’s perspective on flawed female characters
Despite increased awareness of the female demographic, video games still lack female characters who are portrayed as flawed human beings.
‘Florence’ delivers an emotional story that subverts mobile game conventions
Playing video games is an expensive hobby. Not only do you have to drop a couple of hundred bucks for a console, you also have to spend $50 to $60 more each time you want a new game. Playing mobile games, however, is another story. More often than not, smartphone
‘Mortal Kombat’: Gory, unadulterated Americana at its finest
The “Mortal Kombat” games are, first and foremost, incredibly violent. Their trademark “Fatalities” are gory waterworks of blood spewing out of every body part imaginable. Thanks to modern animation technology, watching these “Fatalities” in “Mortal Kombat X” for the first time left me closing my eyes, unable to shake the