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Music, movies, videogames, and anything else that are not-so-serious to write an article on (but we do it anyway!) goes here. Art and craft is a part of our lives and we are reflecting our opinions and analyses on the contents we enjoy every day in this section.

  • City Pop: A Brief Rewind of 70s’ Music Culture

    Ümit Altar BİNİCİ

    02.11.2020

    Art & Music

    The 1970s were crucial times for Japanese people. After stabilizing its economy in such a little time as 30 years following the mushroom cloud, Japan was under the effect of western-oriented cultures. Some completely adapted themselves to western influence, while others completely rejected it, stuck to their traditions. This very cultural clash was also occurring within the musical world.

  • Breaking The Fourth Wall

    Ece HASGÜL

    02.11.2020

    Movies & TV

    On Netflix’s new film based on a book, Enola Holmes, we are welcomed by the main character in the very first minutes. She looks straight to the lens and starts to tell her story directly to the audience, us. An unusual way to start, but still a fairly used method in movies: Breaking the fourth wall. The history goes as far as Ancient Greece when the first examples of theatrical plays took part. Still, in modern-day plays and musicals, it is very common for the fictional characters to refer and/or talk to the audience.

  • The Sudden Rise of Among Us

    Kaan Ertan

    02.11.2020

    Others

    Among Us was inspired by the popular crowd game “Mafia (also known as Werewolf and Vampire)”. The game was initially designed to be a mobile local multiplayer game with a single map. It was released in June 2018 for Android and iOS. Following its release, Among Us had a player count of 30-50 simultaneous players. Referring to this, the game’s programmers stated that the game did not release super well. The initial failure of the game is usually attributed to its studio “InnerSloth”, being very bad at marketing.

  • Disney's Live-Action Mulan and the Controversies Surrounding It

    Ece HASGÜL

    05.10.2020

    Movies & TV

    Disney added another remake of a memorable cartoon to their list, and the live-action remake was released in Disney+ on September 4th. Official trailers for the movie were published in December 2019, and the movie was initially planned to meet the audience on March 24th, however, it had to be postponed several times throughout the year because of “who shall not be named”. Finally announced with a date, the movie received serious complaints from the fans; you had to pay an extra 30$ to play the movie in addition to the monthly price of Disney+. This was not even the first nor the biggest issue with the film.

  • Questioning Our Morality Through TV Shows: Ethics in Technology Era

    Ege GAZİTEPE

    05.10.2020

    Movies & TV

    TV Shows are not cheesy time­killers as some people make them out to be at least not all of them. Some TV Shows are capable of tackling moral questions or even create their own interpretation of the afterlife even though how blasphemous that can be to some people. There are three particular TV shows which displayed a great success on what we mentioned previously. These are Black Mirror, The Good Place, and Upload. All of these shows are great series standalone but when you dissect them and see how they are actually pretty interconnected you will see much more.

  • How Did NBC Become the Pillar of Comedy in the US and the World?

    Şebnem YAREN

    05.10.2020

    Movies & TV

    The National Broadcasting Company (NBC), the oldest broadcasting network in the United States, has been in Americans’ lives since the 1920s. It started off as a radio program originating from New York City and transitioned into a television broadcasting company in 1939. Although NBC was primarily envisioned to serve as an informational outlet, the network gained its stronghold in the industry with its entertainment-oriented efforts which essentially formed the blueprint for American television comedy.

  • Youth and Unconventional Music: An Inseparable Duo

    Boran Göher & Alp Ünal Ayhan

    07.09.2020

    Art & Music

    One of the most prominent factors making up any generational gap is the difference in music taste. A fact apparent when you analyze the music tends over the years. The dominant music genre is always different, and sometimes the dominant genre in just the previous decade is, in some ways, the distinct opposite of the ongoing decade.

  • Is It Rational to Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

    Begüm GÜVEN

    03.08.2020

    Others

    Contradictions pretty much constitute the essence of our civilizations. We don’t mind taking a few hits, making mistakes and end up with more mess than we started, given that we also progress on the side. This seems the only way to make sense to the black and white world of ours; drawing inspiration from Freud’s theory, we can talk about a death drive clashing with the pleasure principle from which development emerges.

  • Separating Art from the Artist

    Ece HASGÜL

    03.08.2020

    Art & Music

    After the trans erasing and transphobic tweets from J.K. Rowling users have started to declare Daniel Radcliffe and many other fictional characters as the writer of the infamous book series, Harry Potter. As the book series holds dear memories in both young and old fans’ hearts, they did not want to associate those precious feelings with someone who is clearly and openly exclusive anymore.

  • Revisiting Detroit: Become Human

    Duygu Bayram

    06.07.2020

    Others

    The early 20th century brought upon the rise of the automobile to Europe and the United States. In the US, Detroit became the capital city of the automotive industry which, coupled with Ford being willing to hire black workers, jump-started a wave of black immigration to the state of Michigan. With the growing population and developing technology, job opportunities started to dwindle and the white population started to accuse black people of stealing their jobs.

  • Celebrate Diversity: LGBTI+ Representation in Eurovision Song Contest

    Didem ÖZÇAKIR

    01.06.2020

    Art & Music

    Everybody loves Eurovision! Every year in may each one of us, even the ones who have never watched the contest before, definitely hear about that year’s winner. We all remember the excitement of waiting if our country would win or not.

  • May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars and the Vietnam War

    Ümit Altar BİNİCİ & Kaan ERTAN

    04.05.2020

    Movies & TV

    Happy May 4th to all the PRESENT readers! No matter if you watched “A New Hope” in 1977 in a movie theatre or watched it on your tv, you are a part of the huge Star Wars fan community, which sprawls from generations to generations.

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