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January 3, 2024: The Mystic Trumpeting Skull
This week on The Deep Dive: What Marvel could learn from The Blair Witch Project, why it's so much easier to root for rebels in fiction than in real life, a Victorian child would probably survive a Four Loko but chances are you wouldn’t be able to survive a day in the disgusting streets of Victorian London, the mysterious origins of Skull Trumpet, and the disproportionate success of white rappers.
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The Most Profitable Film in History by EmpLemon (22:40)
In 2023 cinema, profitability was the name of the game. Unfortunately for Hollywood studio executives, it didn’t really end up working out for them that way. In an industry where every movie is designed to be as profitable as possible, how can any film be truly hailed as a success? In this video, EmpLemon holds a post-mortem of 2023’s blockbuster hits, uncovering why IPs and sequels seem to be the only movies studios are willing to fund these days. If you need to spend money to make money, at what point is too much money being spent? With Marvel flop after Marvel flop in the years following the MCU’s late-2010s peak, it might be time to go back to basics – back to a time when found footage and a $60,000 budget led to a profit of more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
Are We Really Rooting For The Rebels? by Princess Weekes (29:58)
From Star Wars to The Hunger Games to Avatar: The Last Airbender, the average viewer is always rooting for the little guy going up against the man. So why do so many people miss the point entirely when it comes to real-life systems of oppression that imitate art? In this video, Princess Weekes examines that very question, using some of our favorite media of recent years as an example. How do classism, racism, and white supremacy seep into our opinions of and the way we relate to our favorite art? And why are we so easily able to relate to the Rebels, Katniss Everdeen, and the Earthbenders but can never seem to see ourselves in the Empire, the Capitol, and the Fire Nation?
would a victorian child survive a 4loko? by Mina Le (32:07)
But the real question should be whether any of us could survive being a chimney sweep…as a child. In this video, Mina Le thankfully takes the Victorian-era child meme a bit too literally, using it as an opportunity to remind us of what life in the Victorian era was really like. For the record, a Victorian child probably would survive a Four Loko considering many of them survived horrifying working conditions, questionable food and medical practices, and poop. Lots and lots of poop. As for rich Victorian children, life was certainly easier, but even they survived unsafe and unsanitary situations that would make the notoriously dangerous alcoholic drink seem like good, clean fun in comparison. On another note, why is the image of the Victorian-era orphan so burned into our minds?
no one knows who created skull trumpet (until now) by Jeffiot (42:26)
Have you ever thought about the origins of your favorite meme? If so, you’ve probably done a quick Google search before landing on a Know Your Meme page about it. You skim the page, find your answer, and move on with your life, equipped with a new piece of trivia. In this video, Jeffiot does everything on that list except move on. In fact, instead of moving on, the video falls deeper and deeper into an abyss that began with a simple curiosity about a recognizable GIF of a skull playing the trumpet. That abyss takes us down a path that leads to an early internet user with a passion for their art and (ironically) probably the least chronically online family ever. Who actually created the Skull Trumpet? Hint: it’s not Microsoft 3D Movie Maker.
Eminem and the White Rapper Problem by F.D Signifier (1:17:16)
If you’re subscribed to The Rabbit Hole, you already knew this one was coming. Eminem is a good rapper, right? You might even say he’s a great rapper, or even one of the best. But would you believe me if I told you that he’s the highest-selling rapper of all time? In a genre that’s home to Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, even Drake, how could that be? I mean, come on, you already know the answer. In this video, F.D Signifier investigates how the presence of white artists in rap and hip-hop has impacted the music industry and the genres’ audiences as a whole, no matter how much individual white artists in the space try to give credit to the origins of the art they’ve built a career on. What was white rap like before Eminem? What did it become after him? And what is the white rapper paradox?
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