The Civil War

The Best DVDs of 2011 | 8 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


The Civil War: 150th Anniversary Commemorative Edition | 15 Apr 2011 // 5:30 AM

With simple narration and still photographs, Ken Burns is able to evoke joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. It's a singular achievement, beautifully composed and profoundly moving.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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