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Ep 10: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind - Pt 2

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Ep 11: Happily Ever After
In this fairy tale inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we joined by romance novelist Renee Dahlia as we discuss how fairy tale tropes can be translated across into fiction. We explore how fairy tale retellings are used in modern stories, which fairy tales are most popular, the connection between fairy tales and romance, and how marginalised authors can use them to leverage their stories for a wider audience. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
01:24:10
August 25, 2021
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Are you a fan of fantasy, sci fi, cyberpunk or zombies? Do you like deep dives into tropes related to genre? Each month at Pod Culture [Oz] we different aspects of genre fiction in pop culture across literature, film, television and gaming. You can find us on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, or on our website podcultureoz.com.
00:56
July 22, 2021
Ep 10: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind - Pt 2
In the second part of our long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction. We explore the fascinating theory of the Bicameral Mind, explore Golems and Murderbots, what is Rampancy and the repercussions of it, and the differences between Humans and Artificial Intelligence - if you can't tell the difference, does it even matter? For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows,  movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode,  check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
48:30
July 21, 2021
Ep 9: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind - Pt 1
It is finally here! In this long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction. We discuss the difference between machine learning and artificial intelligence, the gendered nature of AI work in fiction, and the implications of when AIs outgrow their programming and the ways in which they grow rampant. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
01:01:52
June 16, 2021
Ep 8: The Politics of Superheroes - Pt 2
In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are once again joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crowland Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 2). We discuss a time when superheroes were playful, the concept of adult superhero stories with consequences, and explore if superheroes are an inherently fascist genre. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
52:42
April 3, 2021
Ep 7: The Politics of Superheroes - Pt 1
In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crowland Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 1). We discuss Alan Moore's recent controversial interviews and criticism about the state of superhero movies, and consider the concept of privatising world peace, and look at the point of R-rated superheroes. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
51:59
February 28, 2021
Ep 6: MMOs for World Peace - Pt 3
In our first official collab (part 3), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media. In this episode we look at the concept of gamer identity, the darker side of gaming, and how gamers can become professional without being in the elite tier of e-sports players. We also explore how marketers now consider gamers a key target audience, and the ways they try (or fail) to advertise to them. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
36:41
January 20, 2021
Ep 5: MMOs for world peace - Pt 2
In our first official collab (part 2), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media. In this episode we look at the how gamers used the internet to build an international community, and how gaming culture went mainstream in the 2000s. We also explore how windows and mirrors theory by Rudine Sims Bishops applies to gamers, and look at the 'Critical Role effect'.  For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
47:37
January 11, 2021
Ep 4: MMOs for World Peace PT 1
In our first official collab, in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are  joined by Tom (aka Robots) from The Fallout Lorecast and Robots Radio Network as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media. In this episode we look at the history of roleplaying in pop culture, and discuss what inspired each of us to try gaming, and discover what the "NICHOLAS" Cage is! For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
48:29
December 27, 2020
Ep 3: Zombie Apocalypse - Worthy of survival
This episode of Pod Culture [Oz] looks at the perennially popular zombie trope, from the vintage film White Zombie, to the revival film Night of the Living Dead, to the modern dystopian 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead. And we mustn't forget To The Lake... Our Mighty Trio face down the apocalypse - through movies, tv, and games - and examine the personal and the political of zombie dystopias.  We break it down into what we are calling the Three Phases of Modern Zombie Storytelling (isn't that a mouthful!). Then we take a look at the politics of zombie dystopias, which countries get zombies, and why Snow Plough Guy is the hero we all need. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
01:40:28
November 15, 2020
Ep 2: Omega Point, sensates and space cannibals
This episode of Pod Culture [Oz] looks at the works of Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and his monumental work on the evolution of humanity, which he called the Omega Point. Our gallant trio of hosts, along with special guest host Fred, examine the concept in different formats of fiction - books, tv, and games - and look at what it means to be human and where evolution may take us. The primary texts examined are the Wachowski's Netflix show Sense8, Julian May's Saga of the Exiles and Galactic Milieu series, and anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, but we also visit many other works along the way. For detailed show notes and more information about the books, tv shows, movies, roleplaying games and computer games we discuss in this episode, check out the podcast website, podcultureoz.com.
01:15:14
October 11, 2020
Ep 1: Life in Lockdown
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Pod Culture [Oz], a new Australian Pop Culture podcast about genre fiction. Your show hosts Dave and Nick, together with co-host and producer Philippa, are inviting you to join them for some deep dives into themes and metanarratives that span literature, film, television and gaming. In this inaugural episode, we discuss the challenges of Life in Lockdown - what we are reading, watching and playing when our usual outlets are restricted. Welcome to the new world. For more information and for extensive Shownotes, check out the Pod Culture [Oz] website. podcultureoz.com
34:47
October 6, 2020