Category Archives: Pop Culture

How The Unicorn Craze Has Taken Hold In Australia

Despite being a creature that has never been spotted in Perth, Sydney or Melbourne, the unicorn has become a fixture in Australian pop culture. From t-shirts to bags and from phone covers to slippers, they are everywhere.

Yet, most people are unsure how this craze started in the first place. How did this legendary horned horse become such a big part of our lives and how completely has it taken over our pop culture?

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Bright And Colorful Unicorn Food

Search online for “unicorn recipes” and prepare to be surprised at how many different ideas come back from sites like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. From frappes to hot chocolate and from cupcakes to ice cream, there is something for every taste.

The bright colors and fun look of this food mean that it is incredibly popular with children. These recipes also make it easy to put together a range of snacks and treats with a unicorn theme for a memorable birthday party.

Of course, there are plenty of other options in Australian cities for cheerful, colorful food that brightens up your day. For instance, Deliveroo.com.au has a list of alternative burgers that are designed to look appealing without a horn in sight. Yet, there is no sign of the unicorn food craze slowing down.

Millions of Instagram Images

Some people suggest that Instagram has been the biggest factor in the unicorn craze that is sweeping Australia and the rest of the world. Certainly, with eight million Instagram posts using the #unicorn tag, it is clear that these beasts are popular with users.

So, what do we find when we look through Instagram for unicorns? Well, we can see lipstick designs, nail designs, cocktails, backpacks, and a lot more. What is obvious is that people love putting unicorn images on social media.

These days, even accounts that aren’t directly about unicorns use them in their name. Unicorn Kids is a Sydney-based children’s modelling agency and Chasing Unicorns is the account for an Australian fashion store. What isn’t clear is whether the craze started on Instagram or carried over there from elsewhere.

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Movies and TV Shows About Unicorns

Perhaps the truth is that the unicorn trend started with movies and television shows. Certainly, there is a popular opinion that the My Little Pony show started the ball rolling. My Little Pony: The Movie was premiered in Australia at the end of 2017 and had made a total gross of $977,018 by early in January.

Unikitty, Mia and Me, and Planet Unicorn are all TV shows that feature horses with horns. Kids can’t get enough of these animals and it seems likely that we will see more and more of these shows as the craze continues.

Of course, unicorns have been on our screens for a long time, so this isn’t just a recent phenomenon. The Last Unicorn movie from 1982 and Nico the Unicorn from 1998 are a couple of examples of movies from the end of the 20th century based on these mysterious creatures.

Maybe we will never know exactly why unicorns are now so popular in Australia and elsewhere. Perhaps this is just the perfect time for these magical animals to take the spotlight and we should enjoy it while it lasts.

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Top Pop Culture Trends For 2018

Are you a self-confessed pop culture nerd? If you love cult TV series, including Stranger Things and are keen to feast your eyes on the latest Avengers Movie or releases such as Black Panther, then you will be pleased to hear that 2018 promises a whole new host of exciting trends. The way that we watch our favorite series and keep up to date with information is changing, meaning that retro pop culture is fast becoming a thing of the past. However, worry not if you still feel that Pac Man rocks your world, as you can still enjoy the finer pop culture icons while keeping tabs on the latest must-haves and must-see series and movies.

Get panicking

If you haven’t visited a panic room or escape room experience yet this year, then have you been living under a rock? This is the ultimate in must-do activities for any pop culture fan, ideal if you have a big group of friends that you love spending time with and doing exciting activities. Check out Evansville Escape Room where you have to solve a series of puzzles and games to escape within a given time period. It’s fast-paced, seriously old-school fun all in an enclosed space, so make sure that you get panicking and put the results on your Instagram feed.

Sports got sexy

You may hate working out, and perhaps the idea of spending time in the gym brings you out in a cold sweat before you have even got started, but this year sports are cool. From fashion to your Instagram or social media feed, be prepared to start getting your retro sportswear out of the closet and embracing the great outdoors – you may even be surprised at the results also. When it comes to pop culture trends getting active is now the epitome of 2018 cool, so make sure that you start getting up and out there, and be sure to share the results with your friends or social media followers.

Big screen releases

A whole host of popular movie favorites are now being released and hitting the big screen, so make sure that you get the popcorn and sodas in and enjoy spending time at the movies. From Paddington 2 to Mary Poppins and even the new Avengers release, make sure that you grab your friends and take time to head to the cinema and relive the movies that made your childhood, and teenage years, extra special.

This 2018, pop culture trends are starting to shift, but worry not, the past is still cool and very much part of the present. Visit a panic or escape room for the ultimate in old-school fun with your friends. Make sure that you get your activewear out of the closet and enjoy getting physical – but share it on your social media too. Finally, be sure to book a few trips to the cinema and make sure that you catch new releases of your favorite childhood movies – with a new, modern twist.

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3 Advantages of Pop Culture Tourism

Popular culture or pop culture has a big impact on everything, especially in tourism. Nowadays. traveling to locations that are featured in music, books, movies, or other forms of media is trendy. With so much promotion about a certain country or city, travelers can easily find a way to explore these places on their own.

One of the best travel destinations these days is Australia. Undoubtedly, plenty of tourist spots and thrilling activities are found here. You can try out numerous things while here with your loved ones and have the best time of your lives. Not to mention, a lot of international movies were also shot in The Land Down Under, including The Matrix, Wolverine, Babe, Mission Impossible 2, and The Great Gatsby. Pop culture tourism has been truly influential to people from across the globe.

Here are some good effects of pop culture tourism:

Popularity becomes profit

It is extremely evident that when a hit movie or TV series was shot in a certain location and took the world by storm, fans would want to visit these places. Just like the American series, Game of Thrones, its locations have been visited by its strong following and fan base all over the world. With this, these destinations have gained more profit through marketability, and that’s definitely a great deal for tourism.

Publicized by influencers 

With the use of social media in today’s world, it has been easy for everyone to stay connected and be up-to-date about everything. Numerous books have been turned into movies, events to festivals, and movies to theatre productions. Everything seems to be changing, but with a good effect as it is in pop culture. Since there are bloggers and influencers out there who tell the world how a specific location is worth seeing and traveling because they have experienced it firsthand, people are engaged to do the same. They simply post interesting pictures on their social media accounts or write creative content on their personal blogs and a number of people would see it and probably be influenced in traveling there, too.

Actual travel by tourists

Experiencing a place and portraying what has been done on a particular scene in a movie you have seen by a celebrated actor creates nostalgia among fans. If you are actually a fan of someone, you will surely want to recreate a memory that has been made by your favorite actor. A movie, book, or series of your favorite characters will have a big impact on you and even make you travel to see and experience such a place.

Many travelers have been prompted to visit some locations because of pop culture. And it doesn’t just stop there. People are actually travelling places to witness what the hype is all about. It draws them curiosity and eventually boosting awareness and learning once they have been to such destination. Pop culture tourism will stay as long as there are influencers, social media platforms, and other forms of entertainment.

To make sure you’ll have a wonderful Australian adventure, visit DriveNow here and book a car that will take you to all the lovely travel destinations around the country.

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The Greatest Geek Moments of 2017

The year of 2017 was a great year for geekdom. Women took center stage thanks to films like “Wonder Woman” and casting change-ups from BBC’s “Doctor Who.” And plenty of classic fan favorites returned (if even for a moment) such as “Twin Peaks,” “Samurai Jack” and even The Dude.

HERE are the favorite standout genre moments that had us geeking out and getting a little misty-eyed.

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Introducing Barnes & Noble Trend Shop

Something new is coming to Barnes & Noble stores!

Launching this month at select stores, the new Trend Shop section will be your one-stop shop for all things pop culture!

“Whether you’re a Marvel Comics superfan or a Harry Potter aficionado, we have collectibles, books, movies & TV series, toys & games, and more finds that you’ll love. Shop by your favorite franchise, such as Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones, and check back frequently to discover the latest popular picks.”

Within the Trend Shop area, there will be multiple sections, including Pop Culture, Super Heroes, Trending Now, Tokyo Direct (all of which Funko is a part of), as well as a dedicated Funko section!

Here’s a list of the stores that will feature the new Trend Shop section:

Rogers, AR (Scottsdale Center)
Mesa, AZ (Dana Park Village Square)
Surprise, AZ (Surprise Marketplace)
Colorado Springs, CO (Citadel)
Newark, DE (Christiana Mall)
Geneva, IL (Geneva Commons)
Chicago, IL (Oakbrook)
Champaign, IL
Wichita, KS (Bradley Fair)
Flint, MI (Genesee Valley Mall)
Cary, NC
Fargo, ND
Albuquerque, NM (Coronado Mall)
Newburgh, NY
Pickerington, OH
Oklahoma City, OK (May Ave)
Tulsa, OK (Southrads)
Wyomissing, PA (Reading)
McAllen, TX (Northcross)
Glendale, WI (Bayshore Mall)

More Trend Shops at Barnes & Noble should be popping up soon!

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Joey Spiotto’s Storytime 3 Opening At Gallery 1988 On April 7, 2017

Mark your calendars for April 7, 2017 for Joey Spiotto’s Storytime 3 opening at Gallery 1988. The show will feature 40 new works inspired by movies, music, television and video games!

The day following the opening of “Storytime 3”, Gallery 1988 will be having a book release/signing party for “Storytime – a Little Art Book”!! Joey Spiotto will be at the gallery on Saturday, April 8th from 12-3pm to sign books! Come on by and say hello. Grab a book and check out the show while you’re there!

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Gallery 1988 Announces Pop Culture Postage Art Show By Clark Orr Opening On February 3, 2017

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This Friday, February 3rd at G1988 (West) join them for the newest show from artist Clark Orr, his first solo! It’s called Pop Culture Postage, and features amazing stamp art.

Come to the gallery from 7-9PM at 7308 Melrose Ave for the opening reception, where Clark will be in attendance for the first chance to purchase work. Then, remaining pieces will go online Saturday afternoon at gallery1988.com.

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The Art of Robert Xavier Burden

Robert Xavier Burden is an incredibly talented painter who combines his passions of toy collecting and art by creating massive and intricate Renaissance-style oil paintings.

Xavier’s paintings both on canvas and on panel, all of which place childhood icons into compositions of reverence and majesty. Backdrops that appear like ecclesiastical stained glass or elaborately woven rugs from afar reveal something different at closer view; characters once only at home in comics and cartoons are crossing over into the realms of oil portraits with the help of Burden’s imaginative eye and deft detailing.

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Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest To Premiere On Comic Con HQ On November 15, 2016

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On November 15, 2016 the force will be strong on devices across the nation as Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest comes to Comic–Con HQ (www.Comic-ConHQ.com)!

Join Mark on his quest to track down the rumored rocket-firing Boba Fett, the original Time Machine, the last surviving armature model used to animate the original 1933 King Kong, the 1992 Batmobile, and so much more!

Mark travels inside pop culture’s vaults to uncover why we are so fascinated with collecting and what our collections say about us.

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How Pop-Culture Affects The Design of Online Casino Games

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Online casino games allow people to enjoy playing traditional casino games like including slots and bingo.  The casino games segment has the largest market share in the online gaming niche.

The explosion of online casino gambling over the last decade is one that has taken the world by storm. Volume reported in 2015 stood at $41.4 billion, a figure that is triple the reported volume in 2005. The numbers are even more impressive when you consider the fact that there is no participation from the United States. Online casino gambling is near illegal in the country.   Research says that the transaction volume of online casino gambling will be at least $5.2 billion higher by 2020 if 20 jurisdictions opened up in America before then.

The rise of casino sites that accept PayPal such as can be found here paypal-casinos.co, which allow faster transactions is a strong reason for the increase in popularity. However, one major factor that has fuelled the rising popularity is the fact that online casino games are designed with the pop-culture influence, thereby making the games more attractive to millenials.   How is this achieved? We will use the creation of a slot machine as an example.

How a slot machine is created

As someone who is a stranger to the world of casinos or computer programming, online slot machines will look like a basic tool. However, such games are some of the most demanding for developers.

It will take at around a year to design a premium online slot machine from scratch, up to the deployment stage on various platforms. The process takes the expertise of more than a dozen people ranging from game designers to mathematicians and server developers. In some higher end games, special graphics designers may have to be brought into the team.

Although each game varies, development teams generally use slot mechanisms that already exist. This is to streamline the research and development. It is also a way to make sure that the new game produced is one that the gaming public is already conversant with.  This is why at the end of the day, players can still find their way around games and rules from simplistic games like Bars and 7s to more robust ones.

So how does pop-culture come in?

In the past online casino games mostly featured landmarks or everyday objects. Players were used to seeing games based on the Pyramids of Egypt, The Statue of Liberty or other similar exotic locations. Today, the landscape has changed. Although we still have such games, the newer designs feature pop-stars, actors, actresses and even sports stars.  The pop-culture based theme makes the games more appealing with people who are already conversant with the stars the themes are based on.

Once a theme has been settled upon, the next stage in design is to figure out the mood of the game. Will it be based on real licensed photographs or cartoons? How will the rules and bonuses be crafted to reflect the mood?  Once these points are sorted, the online casino game is complete.

Pop-culture has led to advancements in many niches. The online casino gaming world is one of those that have benefitted immensely. This is even more so for paypal casinos as they already have a massive draw.

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