Media Mashup: November 30, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 8.48.29 PMHunger Games Finale: Two Thumbs Up!

Townhall provides an interesting take on the latest installment: “At its core, the Hunger Games series tells more than the story of one heroine who fights against her nation’s oppressors. It tells the story of how citizens can rise up and be heard. Even with noble goals though, revolutionaries can change from being heroes to being oppressors themselves as the cost of war is more potent than we often imagine.

“After the battle is done here, one character states, “We need to stop viewing each other as enemies,’ which serves as a suitable final theme in a series that was never satisfied with simply telling a story. The series wanted to convey something deeper and as with this stirring conclusion, it definitely does.”

The Man in the High Castle: Two Thumbs Up! presents it latest original, “The Man in the High Castle.” I got hooked immediately and binged on all 10 episodes over the holiday weekend.

The series centers on what would have happened had the Nazis and the Japanese won the war. Set in 1962, the plot focuses on intrigue between Japan and Germany, which had taken over the West and East Coasts respectively. A small band of Americans formed an odd resistance that included historical footage smuggled throughout the country. You’ll be surprised by the identity of the man in the castle and the ending. Four stars!

The Microaggressions of Yoga

Students at the University of Ottawa have banned yoga because the exercise may be offensive as “cultural appropriation” and may remind practitioners of the evils of imperialism. You really can’t make this stuff up! Just think how many women will have to toss their yoga pants!

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Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to



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