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If you were wondering what Cory was talking about in the last episode of (digressions), this is an article that better articulates why he thinks Superhero movies exist on a lower plain of film through the Dark Knight trilogy.

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The hot, hot heat of Richmond and the release of the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has prompted the boys to do a summer edition of (digressions)— featuring the always knowledgeable Nelson Johnson of Gust Controller. Grab a buddy and enjoy this quasi-criticism of “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Ever thought to yourself, “Man, I really wish the Mainstream and (digressions) would just download itself on my computer ?” Well your prayers have been answered. Both have been accepted and updated on iTunes and can be subscribed to!

Just because us at the blog have been slacking doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give the boys on the podcast your time!

GET AT THEM !! (like,… now)

Peep the new album covers!

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A continuation of The Mainstream (proper), this digression is one of the worst/ most fun podcast we’ve produced. This discussion of musicals in general leads to character voices, songs, and a duet by two of the host. Don’t miss a good time in this Mainstream (digression), entitled “The Musical Episode”.

(Don’t forget to check out this weeks Mainstream (proper) for all your arts news!)

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This episode isn’t so much an argument, but a search for definition. The boys of the Mainstream Digressions try to find the meaning of the word “adaption” as it pertains to art (especially movies [especially Spiderman]), bob-and-weave around spoilers, and share microphones successfully in this week’s digression entitled “Get’cho Lexicon Game UP!”

Tuesday’s podcast is also up, so get at that too! (we talked about First Friday!)

iTunes is being silly about it, but it works as far as we know. Tell us what you think about it ?

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We at the Mainstream (blog) understand that we’ve slacked on our pimpin’ this weekend, so to make up for it, here is last weeks edition of Mainstream Digressions.

Cory had been mauled by raccoons and is not on the show this time around (though he does make some odd faces throughout). Richard and Jeremy take up the torch in this weeks installment as they discuss the effects of the internet on the music industry today, in this session entitled “Death by Internet.”

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This episode is a screaming match, as Cory, Richard and Jeremy discuss the objectivity of art and how much influence the audience gets in art through the recent debacle of Mass Effect 3.

(The audio is funky, we still haven’t gotten the 3 mic system down yet.)



More info on the Mass Effect 3 situation:

Oh, the irony! In the week following our heated debate about the integrity and impenetrable fortress of authorship, all this happens:

Bioware decides to “answer questions” and “provide answers” with “content initiatives”; i.e., DLC that changes or clarifies the ending: http://blog.bioware.com/2012/03/21/4108/

Then…everyone gets pissed that they gave in. :P Kotaku writes an article in favor of the possible changes, declaring video games to be a “malleable artform” where the story is “truly” interactive: http://kotaku.com/5895369/why-im-glad-bioware-might-change-mass-effect-3s-ending-for-the-fans (super interesting argument, even though I disagree; read it when you get the chance).

Oh, and then the indie guys who made Frozen Synapse changed the ending to their game in protest: http://kotaku.com/5895829/mass-effect-3-outcry-answered-with-a-new-ending-for-a-completely-different-game

Is this a watershed moment for video games as an art form? No fucking clue. It’s surreal.

However, I do think that it’s important that people are finally discussing the importance of these things in the context of games. I’m glad we’re past “do games make children kill people?”

Somethin’ to chew on for your Saturday afternoon. :) 

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If you thought we would leave you for the relaxation of Spring Break without the second podcast, you’re wrong. This weeks installment of Digressions says everything in the title, “O, The Humanity!”

(Also, don’t forget to go to wvcw.org to listen to this weeks broadcast of The Mainstream (proper) for your weekend arts news.)

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The Pilot episode of the new arts podcast: The Mainstream Digressions.