White savior complex or sympathetic collaboration?: A perspective on Chinese-Hollywood co-production, The Great Wall (2016) by Emmalene Ng Pei Yi

Introduction The ‘White savior complex’ evident in one too many Hollywood films is often criticized for its underlying message of “White paternalism” – White figures are “saviors” that mend the non-White pariah with their superior capabilities (Hughey, 2014, pp. 2, 8). The power of reel life on real life expectations is immense: film provides abundant…

Defending Emotivism Through Thick And Thin: Does the failure of Ayer’s emotivism offer a sufficient reason to abandon emotivism entirely? by Atharv Joshi

Introduction Emotivism claims that all moral statements are expressions of emotional attitudes instead of propositions. Like other non-cognitivist metaethical theories, emotivism too states that moral sentences are neither true nor false because there are no moral truths to be found. Given our tendency to communicate our ethical values using moral language in an authoritative way,…

Internet Memes as Rhetorical Tools by Adeline Kong

When we think of channels the average citizen can use to express political opinions in Singapore, newspaper forums and blog posts come to mind. When concerned citizens comment or criticize a political issue, the most popular forms of virtual discourse they use tend to be textual in nature, such as the blog entry or viral…

The Fulla Doll: Cultural Strength from Cultural Strongholds by Judith Lim Han

In his paper Assessing McDonaldization, Americanization and Globalization, George Ritzer adopts Francis Williams’ definition of Americanization in his own assessment of it: the “propagation of American ideas, customs, social patterns, industry and capital spread around the world” (Ritzer, 2004. p. 36). Americanization as a phenomenon started drawing more criticism among scholars after its effects became…

The Defiant Modern Slave in ‘Kara’: Exploring the fear of the blurred distinction between a robotic ‘slave’ and a human ‘master’ by Devesh Narayanan

The historical master-slave dynamic is often used as an analogy by researchers in the field of human-technology interaction to describe how we interact with robots. In the past, interaction was marked by a socially constructed ‘distinction’ between two social groups that made one group the master, the other the slave. In the present, this social…