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Why do we call some pleasures “guilty?” Is there something out of proportion between popular genres of entertainment and the profound satisfaction they give us? We immerse ourselves so deeply in imaginary worlds, on the one hand pursuing thoroughly subjective passions and on the other finding community with equally devoted fans. But is the draw of a pop phenomenon merely escapism, or is it an alternative way of grappling with larger issues, even changing the possibilities of the everyday? What can we learn about ourselves and the world in which we live when we stop to think about what and how we binge?
Join two of Clark’s greatest and most insightful fangeeks, Betsy Huang (English; All Things Sci Fi) and Jennifer Plante (Writing Center; Batman and So Much More), as they lead this community conversation down rabbit holes of popular entertainment and invite us to think about the guilty pleasures we hold sacred, and why.