Source material aside, did you find yourself watching Daredevil on Netflix and thinking: Matt Murdock is a very capable blind man in New York, why does he need the cane, the sunglasses, and the wide-eyed stare?
Can’t characters be blind, be handicapped, be gay, be Jamaican, be anything other than straight white American men without writers or directors or costume designers slapping the easiest, most stereotypical labels on them?
THIS WEEK:Jack O'Brien is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Josh Sargent to talk about the pitfalls of this cinematic shorthand, how certain stereotypes unknowingly misrepresent the people they try to epitomize, and why even “a good stereotype,” is still wildly reductive of an entire population of people.
If you aren’t the person who signed Jim Crow into law, or forced women to get back alley abortions, or started that fire Billy Joel keeps complaining about…
…does that absolve you from paying attention to injustice in the world? Or mean you’ve never had advantages in your life?
THIS WEEK:Jack O'Brien is joined by David Wong (aka Jason Pargin) and Josh Sargent to discuss these historical blindspots and how they’re being slowly eroded by the human progress of the last two centuries.
Of the ten highest grossing films at last year’s U.S. box office, nine were adaptations of one of the following: a Marvel property, a Disney property, a line of toys or a fantasy novel. Can you guess the tenth one? Which happened to be the top grosser?
Hint: it’s got a ridiculously fake baby.
THIS WEEK:Jack O'Brien is joined by Cracked editors David Bell and Josh Sargent to discuss the seeming disparity between the size and the quality of modern-day blockbusters, their effectiveness internationally, and how the process of developing movies has changed over the last hundred years.
If American gun deaths have steadily increased among black teenagers and decreased among white teenagers since 1979, and if homicide gun deaths and suicide gun deaths are neatly divided along racial lines…
…wouldn’t different ethnic groups have different viewpoints on the role of guns in “becoming a man”?
THIS WEEK:Jack O'Brien is joined by editors Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Josh Sargent to discuss both sides of the gun debate, the statistics about gun violence that you almost never hear, how the debate is painted by race, how gun ownership is more deeply rooted in a person’s identity than we think, and how trying to predict the next mass shooter will always be impossible.
If print journalists have to indicate cuts and omissions with ellipses…
…why do we assume video journalists aren’t cutting anything when they literally cut to a new scene?
THIS WEEK:Jack O'Brien is joined by editors Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Josh Sargent to talk about the recent documentary boom and some of the genre’s most popular entries from the last 10 years. They have a spoiler-filled discussion about ‘Serial’ and 'The Jinx’, talk through the tricks documentarians use to manipulate truth, and whether their ultimate obligation should be to honesty or entertainment.