The Paranormal Activity franchise now
stands five films strong (three sequels and a spinoff, with a sixth film due in
the fall of 2014).
Critically praised and financially successful, this franchise rejects the recent
gore trend (Saw, Turistas)
in favor of eerie horrors. Significantly, these films focus on the public’s
fear of and fascination with materialism and consumption.
A number of critics suggested the horror of the first two films was
related to the consumerism of the main characters contrasted with the mortgage
crisis and dampened economy. More generally, popular narratives demonized the
consumerism of homeowners—what Thorstein Veblen first called “conspicuous consumption”—for the economic recession. Somecritics
read the franchise through this framework and imagined the films as admonitions
against irresponsible spending.
colleges and universities across the nation have tried to focus on
intercultural communication issues by incorporating diversity and inclusion
programs, threats to student cultural identity remain. In
fact, black students who attend predominantly white universities struggle to acclimate to what they
perceive as a different culture, where they feel a lack of intercultural understanding
and racial tension.
priorities in the West have been dominated by overweight and obesity since the World Health Organization’s declaration of obesity as a global “epidemic” in the 1990s.