Vince Mcmahon’s untapped goldmine

Christian Patterson 2019-01-03 Underground Mall WWE are truly elaborating on their product as a platform. The Network is WWE's Netflix-like streaming platform, but there's a lot more to the WWE platform than just the Network. WWE has non-televised house shows (which will soon be on the Network for $5 more). They also have the mix-gender … Continue reading Vince Mcmahon’s untapped goldmine

How playing Hearthstone made me better at writing poetry

Christian Patterson 2018-12-14 Underground Mall I always think about writing poetry based on the types of media I consume. For example, if I watch a good pro wrestling match, or a good movie, etc, I will mentally try to construct a poem with that structure. Of course, it's using a grammar that only makes sense to … Continue reading How playing Hearthstone made me better at writing poetry

Family Guy liberals – the inverse of South Park Republicans

Christian Patterson 2018-11-25 Underground Mall (Happy Thanksgiving!) South Park Republicans was an often evoked idea throughout the 2000s. It signified the strain of libertarianism, or pseudo-libertarian thinking, that would transition to the Ron Paul side of Republicans in 2008. Now, South Park Republicans as a societal movement don't really exist anymore, due to the Ron … Continue reading Family Guy liberals – the inverse of South Park Republicans

HBO’s Silicon Valley and the moralization of capital

Christian Patterson 2018-10-02 Underground Mall I have been watching HBO's show Silicon Valley lately. I'd never seen it before, and it's pretty good. Just a warning, I'm going to briefly describe my opinion on the show's quality, then quickly transition into analysis. For one, I'm a much bigger fan of the conventional sitcom "Set up-->punchline-->laugh … Continue reading HBO’s Silicon Valley and the moralization of capital

The concept of freedom in open-world games

Christian Patterson 2018-09-26 Underground Mall I recently got a PS4 and have been playing three games: Dark Souls 3, Metal Gear Solid 5, and Sleeping Dogs. All three are “open-world games”, but their approach to open worlds are all different. In this post, I’ll describe the games, and explain how they combine their premise and … Continue reading The concept of freedom in open-world games