#TheDress, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, Fictional Characters, Race-Bending, and Free Speech: The Popular Table – 01/03/2015

1st March 2015

Hello and welcome to yet another edition of The Popular Table!

This week, David, Victoria, Felix, and Ibtisam look at how a seemingly harmless dress can spark such a heated debate. They also remember Leonard Nimoy, TV’s Spock, and examine other pop culture news.

The gang then respond to a Guardian article by Will Self about how fictional characters resonate with us, before moving on to the topic of race-bending in fan-art and fan-fiction – is this good for visibility, or is it better to adapt stories from Africa and Asia?

Finally, the panellists discuss the death of Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy and the subject of free speech in this week’s Ibi’s Corner.

And that’s all for this week. Previous shows can be heard at http://urn1350.net/blog/219

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Clips used in this show are from the AsapScience video ‘What Colour Is This Dress?’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AskAQwOBvhc), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series, and a CNN report on the death of Avijit Roy.