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PBS Idea Channel

  1. Important Video Examines How Steven Universe Portrays An “Unconventional” Family

    Humans find such fascinating ways to waste their time.

    There's no single correct definition for what constitutes a "family" - so it kind of blows that we typically only see one, "nuclear" version of it in the media. But Steven Universe gives us a cartoon where the main character has a very different family set-up - and treats it like it's completely normal and awesome. Because it is. Way to go, guys.

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  2. Does Deep Space Travel Need to Double as Entertainment to Survive?

    We'll find out soon enough, if Mars One has its way.

    Putting human beings on another planet carries an almost insurmountable cost; so as everything in the world slowly becomes consumed by the entertainment industry, will space travel go right along with it, just for the financial benefits?

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  3. PBS Idea Channel Explores How We Explore Gender—Through The Sims

    WooHoo!

    Gender is a social construct—but how is it constructed in-game? Why can't you pick an option outside of "male"  or "female" in The Sims? And what would Judith Butler think about the game? All these questions and more are answered in this new video from PBS Idea Channel.

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  4. PBS Idea Channel Looks at Fan Fiction, Love Bending, and the Significance of Korrasami

    ♫ I saw some ships come sailing in, on Valentine's Day, on Valentine's Day ♫

    Just in time for Galentine's Day, PBS Idea Channel has released a new vid discussing fan fiction and implicit vs. explicit LGBTQ representation in light of the Legend of Korra finale. And hey! They quote The Mary Sue's own Katie Schenkel!

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Your Christmas Tree is Big, You Say?

    It's a metafir.

    A (nearly to-scale) Godzilla-shaped Christmas tree in Japan's Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall.

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  6. Does Pop Culture Even Have to Be Made Up of Stuff That’s Popular?

    9/10 B movies don't think so.

    Pop culture—or parts of it, anyway—is kind of what we do here at The Mary Sue (and for that we need you, as this video points out), so take a few minutes to watch PBS Idea Channel expertly deconstruct just what makes up pop culture and what role each of us plays in it. As we nerds and geeks know all too well, pop culture isn't always made up of things that are strictly numerically popular.

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  7. PBS Idea Channel Asks: Why Are People So Obsessed With Frozen?

    They even make a "Let it Go" joke, so we don't have to!

    Don't get me wrong, I liked Frozen.  But... you know, casually. Not with the all-encompassing devotion and enthusiasm that I see many people still enjoying long after the film's release. PBS Idea Channel has decided to finally dip their toes into the discussion to talk the one thing I don't think I've seen people talked about yet —why the film has inspired so many thinkpieces to begin with.

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  8. Are There Rules for Spoilers? Should There Be?

    Spoiler alert! Probably not.

    Personally, I believe in a statute of limitations, whereby you no longer have to feel responsible for not spoiling things after they've been around long enough, but you still shouldn't do it on purpose like a jerk. Of course, what exactly even constitutes a spoiler is different for different people, so maybe the Internet prophylactic method suggested by Emily Eifler would be a better way to go. PBS Idea Channel tried to find some other solutions. Get working on the spoiler condom, science.

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  9. What Does IKEA REALLY Say About The Human Condition? Let PBS Ikea Idea Channel Explain

    BORGSJÖ!

    Remember on April Fool's Day when PBS Idea Channel changed their name to IKEA Channel? Well, a lot of people were actually very upset that they didn't get a real episode all about how demonstrating the core values and humanity of a furniture store. Wow, the Internet is full of nerds. Anyway, Idea Channel's got the hook-up for you, IKEA fans.

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  10. Orphan Black Shows Us The Hidden Clones In All Of Us, Says PBS Idea Channel

    I'm a clone! He's a clone! She's a clone! We're all clones!

    A simulacrum is a copy without reference to its original that's able to stand on its own merit. It's a useful concept in media, and nowhere else is it more useful than in discussing Orphan Black, where literal clones have their own interior lives. You know who else might be a simulacrum? You. Hear us out, it's gonna get weird.

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  11. The PBS Idea Channel Envisions the Bright Future of Fandoms [VIDEO]

    Fans Do Cool Things

    I like to think that the future of fandom involves us using our collective power of positive thinking to literally will a series where Lucy Liu and Lena Headey are butt-kicking lesbian assassins into existence. But these ideas are cool too. (via: Laughing Squid) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Is the Future of Fandom Bleak or Bright?

    Also, in what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool?

    Are you a fan of anything? Sure you are, and regardless of your level of fandom, you've probably had experiences where you'd like to give a little back and affect (hopefully) positive change in the things you love. PBS Idea Channel thinks that's a good thing, and fandom's prevalence just might change the course of all media in the future.

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  13. Media Has a Problem With Representation, and Kamala Khan Can Help

    Hearing people shout "Khaaaaan!" in a happy voice for the first time in 40 years is pretty great.

    That's what the people behind PBS Idea Channel think, anyway. Khan, and other diverse and interesting comic book characters like her -- Mike Rugnetta cites Miles Morales and Simon Baz as well -- are helping to slowly change comic books and comic-loving communities for the better. Don't think so? Watch the video. Maybe it'll change your mind.

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  14. Are TV Narratives Getting More Complex Because of Technology?

    More than anything else, television is America's greatest art form.

    Back in the day before Hulu, Netflix, DVDs, and everything else we used to watch TV instead of actual televisions and cable boxes nowadays, media executives weren't very keen on the idea of serialized narratives in their shows. So does all this changing technology explain why we're getting so much more complicated content to watch?

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  15. Can the Internet Be Considered an Archive? [Video]

    Right click "save as" that shit.

    Most people consider the Internet fleeting because you can't hold them in your hands in the same way that you can with a book or written source. But is it worth archiving anyway? Are archived portions of the Internet accurate depictions of the original sources they claim to archive? PBS Idea Channel investigates, and confuses us in the process.

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  16. What’s the Shelf Life on Older Memes These Days? [Video]

    IT'S OVER NINE THOU-- wait. No. Stop. I can't do this.

    Remember when a meme could comfortably live on just under the public awareness for years? Sure, part of that was because no one wanted to go on 4Chan to learn about all of them, but memes still have a very comparatively short shelf life now. Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel (who used to work for Know Your Meme) wants to talk about it with you.

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  17. Does Twitch Plays Pokémon Give You Hope For Humanity? [Video]

    It certainly makes me believe in Jesus. Err, Bird Jesus.

    Twitch plays Pokémon is on to another title in the game franchise, so we're going to be able to keep watching its chat-guided player character crash into walls for a good long while. That's a good thing, PBS Idea Channel says, because it's a fascinating look at how a community can grow and function without an external governing force.

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  18. Does Fiction Even Exist, Maaan? PBS Idea Channel Explains [Video]

    The question alone is giving me the munchies.

    Okay, strap in nerds: it's about to get philosophical up in here. Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel wants you to know that reality is a construct and fictional objects have properties, therefore they might exist -- and he uses the boy wizard Harry Potter as his prime example.

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  19. Why Do People Like Unboxing Videos So Much, Anyway?

    Idea Channel is thinking outside of the box. (Sorry. Had to.)

    Denizens of the Internet really like unboxing videos, which has left some of us at the Geekosystem offices a little confused. Thankfully, PBS Idea Channel is here to figure out what it is you all like so much about unboxing videos without us actually having to talk to real humans to find out.

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  20. Why Do People Hate Selfies So Much?

    Let me take a picture of myself to convey my feelings about this.

    Despite rising so far in popularity that it was named Oxford's Word of the Year in 2013, the selfie sure does have a lot of haters. Setting aside the perceived narcissism angle (guys, we're all narcissistic, that's just what being human is), why does the selfie get such a bum rap? PBS Idea Channel has some thoughts on the subject.

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