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Daniel Rasmus
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Daniel W. Rasmus is a writer, poet and strategist who lives outside of Seattle, WA.


Features

Monday, September 22 2014

Deconstructing the Game Show

Craig Ferguson has won his own game show in becoming a celebrity, and he's parlayed his winnings into being the host of The Celebrity Name Game with a chance to challenge the institution that turns so many everyday people into predictable, cookie-cutter contestants.


Thursday, September 18 2014

Transmissions in Blue and Yellow from Comic-Con 2014

This summer gone, it’s Daniel’s first time at Comic-Con. But it’s beginning to feel like all our first times, again…


Thursday, July 10 2014

Reanimating the Dailies: Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics

Over the last couple of years IDW has collected the entirety of the Star Trek strips that ran from 1979 to 1983 into two large, coffee table style volumes in their Library of American Comics series.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

Shakespeare's Wit and Humor, Pathos and Anger Remains Vital, 450 Years After His Birth

As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.


Thursday, April 3 2014

Emerald City Comic Con and the Future of Media

Comic books become movies. Movies becomes soundtracks, games like Avengers Battle for Earth, become interactive experiences.


Columns

Thursday, February 27 2014

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Uncharted puts the "big data" of Google Books through the lens of a tool called Ngram, but the meaning of the results, and even their validity, turn a great read into a cautionary tale.


Reviews

Monday, September 29 2014

'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Serves as a Metaphor for Our Time

Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today.


Friday, September 26 2014

Is There Hope for the Creative Underclass as the Internet Changes?

The People's Platform exposes the Internet's capitalist underbelly of exploitation, control and broken promises, while still managing to offer hope for an alternative.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Berlin Is Still at It in 'The Blacklist'

Unlike weekly procedurals that wrap up everything with a bow, the knots tied in The Blacklist are entwined on frayed ribbon that runs the risk of falling apart.


Monday, September 22 2014

'Sleepy Hollow': Skeptics Beware

Characters collect, interpret, and decrypt, all while the countdown to Armageddon bellows like a tuba just offscreen.


Sunday, July 27 2014

Are Karl Marx and Adam Smith as Inviolable as Atoms or DNA?

Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism.


Whovian Heaven [5.Dec.13]

Blogs

Friday, July 25 2014

Security Firm McAfee Posts 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes on the Internet

Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, McAfee, one of the leaders in online security, has released their list of 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes.


Monday, March 31 2014

'Videogames and Art' Is Missing the Art

For a medium that prides itself on pushing the visual edges, here we find exposition rather than fancy, and monochrome in place of color, words, yes, but no images.


Friday, May 17 2013

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

Orci, Johnson and Messina get the fan base prepped with plenty of action and enough open questions to drive a starship through them.


Monday, October 15 2012

The iPad Release of T.S.Eliot's 'The Waste Land' Is Adequate, But Could Be Better

The Waste Land as an iPad app demonstrates how we might re-imagine the book, but it also illustrates how editorial choices can limit value.


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