The Game of Thrones is played on two continents: Westeros and Essos. Westeros is a tightly defined, familiar island ruled by families who tend to fight sometimes. Essos is a sprawling, elongated land mass with diverse city-states and partially undefined regions. This west-east perspective is part of a long-standing Western storytelling tradition: define everything possible in the places that feel like home, and keep the “other” a place of endless possibility for hope or terror to arise.
The laugh track is a simulation of genuine enjoyment. Now, we’d rather just enjoy TV how we want to, on our own terms - and now the content creators recognize this. So, what caused this major shift in the way our television is marketed to us? The rise of the internet, the evolution of the American family model and shifting societal taboos all come into play. Maybe, the loss of the laugh track is a symbol for innocence lost - mostly for the good - making us all Larry David.
Even in a city with strong communities, crime and vacancy permeate the urban landscape, creating inequity in areas such as public housing. This is the physical manifestation of structural racism that has always been present in Baltimore. We gathered a diverse group of designers, policy makers and Baltimoreans to strive for a deeper understanding of these root causes.
Everyone has a canon of movies, books and more that contribute to their cultural and social identity. We dive deep into the reasons why by making our own “Media Trees” inspired by the artist Ward Shelley. Was I really watching Braveheart and Finding Nemo at the same time?