The mechanics of ludic hierarchies in Overwatch

This was originally written for The Structure of Information (04:189:152) taken the winter semester of 2016. If I remember correctly, almost 95% of this is very possibly actual bullshit / jargon intended to fill page space, so I'm just gonna say right now that this is probably not worth reading. The objective of our assignment … Continue reading The mechanics of ludic hierarchies in Overwatch

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The Topography of Melancholy: Nanjing, and the Unflinching Trauma of The City of Life and Death

NOTE: This essay was originally written and submitted as my final paper for the class 01:165:470: The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film taught by Wiejie Song (宋伟杰) during the spring semester of 2017 at Rutgers University. It was, at least until that point in my life, my single most favourite course I'd ever taken, and … Continue reading The Topography of Melancholy: Nanjing, and the Unflinching Trauma of The City of Life and Death

A Cinema of Shame: Subversion of Traditional Femininity in Hong Kong Horror

Ever since that day, Ling never appeared again. I hold no resentment towards her, since I saw and experienced the same pain that she did. But aside from pain, I saw beauty. I no longer question why I am blind... for I have seen some of the most beautiful things in this world. Things I'll … Continue reading A Cinema of Shame: Subversion of Traditional Femininity in Hong Kong Horror

In Defence of Social Media

Social media sucks. It's been around for over a decade now, and in that period of time, it seems that social scientists, media pundits and amateur bloggers worldwide seem to have come to one definitive conclusion: social media actually just really sucks. It's reduced the quality of public discussion and communication by promoting intellectual apathy and … Continue reading In Defence of Social Media