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Liam Burke

Liam Burke

Dr. Liam Burke is a senior media studies lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, where he also serves as the Course Director of Media. His research interests include Comic Books, Cinema, Adaptation Studies, and Irish Culture. His most recent book, The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre, was published in April 2015. Past publications include articles in the journals Participations, Adaptation, and Estudios Irlandeses, as well as the book Superhero Movies and the edited collection Fan Phenomena Batman. His current research project, “New Media, Aging, and Migration”, considers how older Irish people in Melbourne make use of social media. Prior to earning a PhD in film studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Liam worked for a number of arts organisations and festivals, including the Irish Film & Television Academy. He was the lead researcher and programmer of the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium. Liam is a regular media commentator in Ireland and Australia.

Review: Wonder Woman reinvigorates tired superhero conventions

May 30, 2017 06:25 am UTC| Entertainment

Wonder Woman! All the worlds waiting for you, rang the theme song to the classic 1970s television show as one-time Miss World America, Lynda Carter, transformed into the star-spangled superhero. Yet while gun-toting...

Why the world needs superheroes

Dec 01, 2016 02:40 am UTC| Life

Superheroes were born in the United States in the late 1930s as a four-colour rebuttal to the misery of the Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. Today, superheroes are no longer confined to America, or even the...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a po-faced exercise in franchise-building

Mar 23, 2016 17:10 pm UTC| Entertainment

The success of superhero parody Deadpool (A$962 million and counting) has reassured critics that there is plenty of mileage left in the superhero movie yet the most important lesson seems to have been missed. Deadpools...

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Economy

Canceled bookings cost hosts to lose thousands of dollars a month

A number of Airbnb hosts in the United States are planning to sell their properties as well as the furnishings they bought to adorn their homes due to the financial fallout from the pandemic. Canceled bookings cost...

Imports of Japanese beer fell 89 percent to $630,000, while Japanese vehicles dropped 59 percent to $62 million

South Korea imported US$249 million worth of Japanese consumer goods in April, down 37 percent from last year, mainly due to backlash from Korean consumers against Japans export restrictions. Imports of Japanese beer...

The country's economy already struggled before it had to deal with the outbreak.

Indias economy would plummet for the fiscal year of 2020-2021 despite a rebound in activity in the coming months, says the head of Indias central bank Shaktikanta Das. He gave his projection while announcing a slew of...

However, overall exports dipped 1.4 percent in the first quarter.

South Koreas exports of eight new-industry goods in the first-quarter jumped 17 percent from the previous year to $21 billion despite a drop in overall exports. The goods include aviation products and drones, biohealth...

The rise in inequality is attributed to the shrinking wages of low-income households, and a cut down in temporary positions

The income disparity between the top 20 percent and bottom 20 percent of households widened with many of the countrys low-paying jobs being slashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The average monthly income of households...

Politics

President Donald Trump says Republican Convention may be moved out of North Carolina

President Donald Trump is up for reelection and will highly likely go up against former vice president Joe Biden. As the season for both Republican and Democratic conventions draw closer, Trump has threatened North...

US President Donald Trump accuses Democrats of planning to rig November elections

As the elections in November draw near, many have assumed that President Donald Trump will be facing off with former vice president Joe Biden for the presidency. Following his threats made towards Michigan and Nevada...

Joe Biden makes first public appearance paying respects on Memorial Day

For weeks, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has been campaigning remotely and following the social distancing restrictions. After two months, the former vice president made his first public appearance by honoring...

Donald Trump shares insulting tweets targeting Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi

President Donald Trump shared a series of social media posts over the weekend that contained personal insults and sexist taunts targeting female Democrats. One tweet called Hillary Clinton a skank, another mocked the...

Science

Aliens: Expert says China is making progress in searching for alien life

Space agencies all over the world are determined to search for alien life in upcoming studies and missions. One expert, in particular, says that among the countries that are keen on searching for extraterrestrials, China...

Aliens: Mud from Mars suggests Red Planet once had liquid water

Space exploration has given scientists and space agencies all over the world an opportunity to learn more about the neighboring planets and what lies beyond Earth, including the possibility of alien life. New research...

Black holes: Scientist says black holes could potentially make time travel possible

Time travel is generally known to be impossible, and a concept that only exists in fiction and pop culture. However, one scientist says that black holes may actually make it possible. What lies beyond a black hole...

Archaeologists discover mammoth graveyard under airport in Mexico

The most surprising discoveries could be found in the most unlikely places such as an airport. Archaeologists came across a major discovery when they unearthed a mammoth graveyard underneath an airport. A group of...

Technology

AirPods Studio with high-tech play/pause detection system reportedly entered production already

Much of the information from the Apple supply chain about AirPods recently is not about the third generation or the next AirPods Pro. Reports have been focused on an all-new production being dubbed as AirPods Studio, and...

iPhone 12 would not ship with free wired EarPods

The Whats in the Box corner for the iPhone 12 production page later on Apples official website is expected to look a little different later this year. A well-known industry insider reported that the tech giant is planning...

iPhone SE Plus: Is it the official name for the third iPhone SE iteration slated for a 2021 launch?

Some Apple fans were a little hesitant about immediately ordering the new iPhone SE when it launched last month. They were hoping that it would soon be followed by the unveiling of the iPhone SE Plus, however, it looks...

Tesla Cybertruck’s size can’t be scaled down, Elon Musk confirms

People who have pre-ordered the Cybertruck should no longer expect its dimensions to get any smaller once it enters production. Tesla CEO Elon Musk settles it and confirms they can no longer make the electric pickup...
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