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    Understanding Geek Culture and Nostalgia

    London Comic Con 2017 was a place of wonder, hype, and secret previews. Not least, a place for hands-on grappling with games and technology. There were some very long queues (welcome to Britain!) for those waiting to play on the new Wonder Woman (2017) video game. Virtual reality headsets – namely, the PlayStation®VR – had […]

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    Transgender TV Characters Have the Power to Shape Audience Attitudes

    Watching transgender characters on fictional TV shows has the power to influence attitudes toward transgender people and policy issues, according to new research from USC Annenberg. Just published in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Roles, the research further highlights the ways political ideology shapes viewer responses to transgender depictions in entertainment. The researchers surveyed 488 regular viewers […]

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    London Comic Con: Cosplay, Creativity and Healing

    What is in a costume? Apparently, your inner self. Social Work Helper spent time at Comic Con 2017 asking people about their character costumes (“cosplay”), and what it means to them. The first interviewee was a homemade character called Puppet. “By hiding myself, I can be more of myself”, she explained, gesturing to her bright […]

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    End Bullying: Being a Superhero in Real Life (IRL)

    In 2008, a Yale University study established a causal link between suicide and bullying. Their research concluded that bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Current research states one in five students reported being bullied, but the research also concludes a large percentage of victims do not make a […]

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    13 Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why

    Recently, I watched the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (based on a book with the same title). The framework for the series is that an adolescent, Hannah Baker, has died by suicide and left behind audio tapes detailing every component that she believes led up to her death. In addition, she has a methodical plan for the […]

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    Justin Trudeau: How One Person Can Positively Change The World

    Political ideology is not something everyone thinks about, but for Social Workers it is infused in our profession whether we like it or not. As an eclectic profession whose founders borrowed from psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, and political science, we have a long history of working to ameliorate the impact of the political ideology of […]

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