Author Archives: Jonathan Taylor

About Jonathan Taylor

I like to weave together words like a fire blanket and throw them over the roaring flames of the contemporary critical scene. I also like novels and video games.

The Anxiety of Freedom, or: Philosophy as a Half-Baked Apology for Video Games

So it was Gamescom 2015 a few weeks ago, self-proclaimed as ‘the world’s largest computer and video game event’, which basically means it’s a trailer factory for Sony, Microsoft, and any other entertainment conglomerate that dare enter the ring. Avid

The Anxiety of Freedom, or: Philosophy as a Half-Baked Apology for Video Games

So it was Gamescom 2015 a few weeks ago, self-proclaimed as ‘the world’s largest computer and video game event’, which basically means it’s a trailer factory for Sony, Microsoft, and any other entertainment conglomerate that dare enter the ring. Avid

Mad Max and the Modern Art of Spectacle

I recall once telling a friend of mine that I didn’t like Avatar, and being somewhat stunned at his immediate retort that I ‘didn’t like cinema’. It kind of caught me off guard, largely because to this day I still

Mad Max and the Modern Art of Spectacle

I recall once telling a friend of mine that I didn’t like Avatar, and being somewhat stunned at his immediate retort that I ‘didn’t like cinema’. It kind of caught me off guard, largely because to this day I still

Film Trailers are Events Now, But Should We Worry?

How exactly have trailers become ‘events’ in and of themselves? And what exactly does it mean for the future of film?

Film Trailers are Events Now, But Should We Worry?

How exactly have trailers become ‘events’ in and of themselves? And what exactly does it mean for the future of film?

‘You’re Back In The Room’: It’s Not Fake, It’s Just Hyperreal

“Welcome to You’re Back in the Room, a gameshow like no other.” Phillip Schofield, you are not wrong. Last week, Jacob Bolton wrote an insightful piece on Gogglebox, Channel 4’s half-arsed stab at meta-theatrical irony, which—in a glorious combination of

‘You’re Back In The Room’: It’s Not Fake, It’s Just Hyperreal

“Welcome to You’re Back in the Room, a gameshow like no other.” Phillip Schofield, you are not wrong. Last week, Jacob Bolton wrote an insightful piece on Gogglebox, Channel 4’s half-arsed stab at meta-theatrical irony, which—in a glorious combination of