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Has the Microsoft Kinect revolutionized art?3m24s

Has the Microsoft Kinect revolutionized art?

If you haven't had a chance to play with Microsoft's Kinect, you're missing out on some great video games and some amazing art! The Kinect is a crazy awesome piece of XBox 360 hardware that maps your physical movements onto any screen. Artists of all stripes have embraced the Kinect to create fantastical works of art. Is it Microsoft's greatest contribution to art?

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Published: January 3, 2019
From Sherlock Holmes to 50 Shades of Grey3m47s

From Sherlock Holmes to 50 Shades of Grey

You've probably heard of the risque novel "50 Shades of Grey," now the best selling paperback of all time. But you may not know that it's actually fan fiction! It seems shocking that a fan fiction novel has become so popular, but 50 Shades isn't the first book to break through the fan community boundaries into mainstream culture. Over 100 years ago, Sherlock Holmes spawned a similar phenomenon.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is Dubstep the New Musical Avant-Garde?4m25s

Is Dubstep the New Musical Avant-Garde?

While some people may hear noise, some hear amazing musical genius in the creativity of Dubstep. There is a long history of avant garde musicians and thinkers promoting the concept of noise and non-instrumental sounds as music, much to the horror of their audience. But over the past century, changes in technology and music genres may have changed attitudes to accept these once-fringe music genres.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Are Olympic Competitors Geniuses?4m33s

Are Olympic Competitors Geniuses?

Everyone is obsessed with the Olympics right now, watching these geniuses push the boundaries of their field. Wait, did we say GENIUSES? Yes! We normally associate the word "genius" with intellectual accomplishments, but athletes are geniuses at pushing their bodies to new heights, making the impossibly difficult seem easy and effortless.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Super Mario Brothers as Surrealist Art?2m19s

Super Mario Brothers as Surrealist Art?

We all know the Mario Brothers. But have you ever stepped back and tried looking at those games from a fresh perspective? They're bananas! There are armored turtles who stand on their hind legs and steal princesses! There are bullets with FACES! We make a case for Mario's inclusion into a canon of art wider than "Video Game": we think Mario is a piece of surrealist art.

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Published: January 3, 2019
What Makes a Pop Star Authentic?2m55s

What Makes a Pop Star Authentic?

Miku Hatsune is a computer generated pop star from Japan who has performed to sell out crowds. Lana Del Rey is a rising singer-performer who has encountered controversy over her alleged authenticity as an artist. IDEA channel raises the question: what does authenticity really mean in the world of popular music?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art?3m19s

Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art?

We've all seen and shared a few LOLCats and Internet Memes in our time, but is it possible that these images and videos are actually a new form of art? Idea Channel takes a closer look at how memes function in our new interconnected culture and consults the wisdom of artists past and present to see if these Internet creations truly should be considered "art."

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Published: January 3, 2019
Are Holograms Nostalgia or a New Form of Art?2m34s

Are Holograms Nostalgia or a New Form of Art?

You might have heard about the debut of Hologram Tupac at the music festival Coachella earlier this year. But with Queen's recent announcement of a Hologram Freddie Mercury and TLC's plans for a Hologram Lisa Left Eye Lopes, it looks like Hologram stars are here to stay. Is this hologram mania just nostalgia, or is it part of an art movement called "New Aesthetic" that blends art and technology?

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Published: January 3, 2019
The Bronies Phenomenon3m30s

The Bronies Phenomenon

You might assume that the animated TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" is for little girls, but Bronies - adult men who sincerely LOVE the show, and aren't afraid to admit it - would differ. Many people are baffled, even angered, by Brony culture. With their unabashed appreciation for "My Little Pony", are Bronies are challenging our perception of gender roles?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature?3m21s

Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature?

Everyone is familiar with Twitter, the uber-popular micro-blogging site, which limits the user to 140 characters. The tweet is perfect for sharing your favorite links and updating the world about your life, but it might also be the newest literary form! This massively constrained communication, which has remarkable similarities to the Haiku, has inspired creativity worthy of the name "literature."

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is the Web Browser Replacing the Art Gallery?2m51s

Is the Web Browser Replacing the Art Gallery?

For the past 200 years, the gallery has been the home of new and cutting-edge art, a place where the art community can come together and share new ideas. In the era of the internet, however, you can view remarkable art from the comfort of your laptop. Is the web browser replacing the gallery as the best place to view amazing, cutting-edge art?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Are Mashups the End of Music Genres?3m49s

Are Mashups the End of Music Genres?

Some of the best things to be found on the internet are music mashups! It's a strangely pleasing experience to listen to totally unrelated artists commingling on the same music track. Mashups are awesome because they break genre expectations, which makes us think: why have genres at all? With so much cross-pollination in music and art, does genre matter anymore?

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Published: January 3, 2019
What Do Santa and Wrestling Have In Common?5m08s

What Do Santa and Wrestling Have In Common?

People love Santa. Christmas is the largest holiday in western culture, and Santa Claus is the centerpiece of that holiday (sorry baby Jesus). But even though our understanding of Santa changes as we mature, we still maintain and cultivate our culture's love of him. And to understand why this is, we had to ask: Is our relationship with Santa similar to wrestling?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Do We Want the World to End?4m30s

Do We Want the World to End?

The so-called Mayan long count calendar predication of the apocalypse is based a fundamental MISUNDERSTANDING of Mayan calendars and society. It's so far off base that scientific and anthropological experts can dismiss it with laugh. Yet, if it's so fundamentally wrong, why do we keep hearing about it? Why are there movies and news casts and websites dedicated to this non-event?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Will Space Travel Save Us All?4m26s

Will Space Travel Save Us All?

Space, also known as The Final Frontier, has been in our collective dreams and fantasies for decades. Who WOULDN'T want to blast into space, experience zero gravity, or walk on the moon?! But with limited funding to NASA, the day that had been promised to us for years, seems no closer now than it did 30 years ago. BUT WAIT! Could private research and funding be the future of galactic exploration?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is Instagram Revolutionizing Photography?3m18s

Is Instagram Revolutionizing Photography?

With its ability to make boring cellphone photos look "vintage" and "artsy", the mobile application Instagram has exploded worldwide. Derided by its detractors as a tool for making bad photos worse, we take an alternate view and argue that Instagram is the greatest thing to ever happen to photography. As the old adage goes, "The best camera is the one you have with you."

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Published: January 3, 2019
How are Justin Bieber, Franz Liszt and Jerusalem Connected?6m06s

How are Justin Bieber, Franz Liszt and Jerusalem Connected?

At first glance, Pop Wunderkind Justin Bieber and revolutionary 19th Century pianist and composer Franz Liszt don't seem to have anything in common. And while they might not have any musical or biographical similarities, they both have had a powerful psychological effect on their fans. Fits of hysteria, screaming, and fainting are all common traits of "Bieber Fever" & "Lisztomania. But why?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is CSS and Website Design a Fashion Statement?4m47s

Is CSS and Website Design a Fashion Statement?

Consciously or not, the first thing you notice when you visit a website is how the site LOOKS, which is controlled by the CSS Stylesheet. CSS is the fashion of the web- it makes sites pretty (or very very ugly). And as our lives migrate more and more onto the world wide web, our presence online becomes a central way to define and express ourselves.

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Published: January 3, 2019
How will the Animated GIF affect the Presidential Election?4m07s

How will the Animated GIF affect the Presidential Election?

The animated GIF has had a long and fascinating history, but the GIF took a giant leap forward this year when it became part of the 2012 Presidential Election!!! This election season, GIFs of Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan, populated not only Tumblr and Buzzfeed, but also media heavyweights like The Atlantic, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. Will the GIF swing the election?

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Published: January 3, 2019
The Retro Awesomeness of Adventure Time5m34s

The Retro Awesomeness of Adventure Time

Adventure Time is an animated kids show on the Cartoon Network that is super popular, not just with the kids, but with full grown adults too! Why would a bunch of serious adults, including Mike's Mom, watch Adventure Time? We think its because the show taps into our memories of childhood with nostalgia. Are we right? Watch and find out!

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Published: January 3, 2019
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Should "Happy Birthday" be Protected by Copyright?

Did you know the rights to "Happy Birthday" are still privately held today? Copyright was originally created for two reasons: to protect the original creators so they could benefit from their work AND have creative works enter the Public Domain. Unfortunately, the whole system has gotten out of whack with copyright extensions that extend far beyond the life of the creator.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Nicolas Cage, Taoism, and YOLO4m25s

Nicolas Cage, Taoism, and YOLO

Legendary actor Nicolas Cage is renowned for his reliably weird roles across many genres of modern film. Is he just a victim of a bad agent, or does he instead follow the philosophy of Taoism, or as its modern derivative is known - YOLO ("you only live once")?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Are Memes and Internet Culture Creating a Singularity?4m37s

Are Memes and Internet Culture Creating a Singularity?

Here on the internet, we love us some memes. But where do they come from? Yes we know, they are user generated. But to an internet layman, they seem to just appear, in HUGE quantities, ready for cultural consumption. Are they a sign of a "cultural singularity"? It may seem like science fiction, but we're close to a world where culture automatically and magically creates infinitely more culture.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is William Gibson A Modern Day Oracle?4m56s

Is William Gibson A Modern Day Oracle?

The science fiction writer William Gibson has not only written some fantastic scifi novels, but in the process predicted the internet, Miku Hatsune, reality TV, and a crazy amount of other technological and societal developments that have come into being. His impressive rate of accuracy seems almost mystical. Is he a modern soothsayer?

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is Homestuck the Ulysses of the Internet?4m33s

Is Homestuck the Ulysses of the Internet?

If you're unfamiliar, Homestuck is a webcomic created Andrew Hussie that is over 5000 PAGES so far! In in its own weird way, Homestuck is a lot like James Joyce's Ulysses, where only the strongest, most dedicated readers make it through to the end. Most people don't expect such expansive and daunting works to find a home on the internet, but Homestuck has apparently pulled it off.

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Published: January 3, 2019