Steven Petite

Steven Petite is the associate editor of Fiction Southeast. His writing has appeared on Playboy.com, Huffington Post, The Millions and elsewhere.


Posts by Steven Petite

offensive humor

Should There Be a Line in Stand-Up Comedy?

Dave Chappelle faces backlash for offensive humor in his Netflix specials, but are comedians required to be inoffensive? In Deep in the Heart of Texas, one of two new Dave Chappelle Netflix specials, Chappelle starts his show with offensive humor, commenting on how it’s nice to see plaid is back in style. “Most dudes I see around these parts are dressed like a dyke in New York, so I’m glad to see that.” He goes on        …read more

internet privacy

No, You Can’t Buy Paul Ryan’s Browsing History: Internet Privacy and the True Price of the Digital Age

Is the internet privacy controversy what it seems? In late March 2017, the U.S. Congress voted to dismantle internet privacy rules voted upon by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October 2016. The original FCC ruling would have stopped Internet Service Providers from collecting and selling browsing logs to advertisers without first obtaining permission from users. Instead, Congress overturned the rule, and the order was signed in early April 2017. The decision has created what        …read more

comic book movies

Are Comic Book Movies Doomed?

Comic book movies might still be all the rage, but are they destined for extinction? In 2015 Steven Spielberg made a bold prediction about one of the most popular movie genres of today by way of historical remembrance. “We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western.” Westerns, one of the most popular movie genres for roughly 50 years, faded into obscurity        …read more

Zelda

'Breath of the Wild' Reinvents Zelda

Simply put, 'Breath of the Wild' is the best entry in Zelda, the greatest video game franchise of all time. Once more, the newest entry in the Zelda series plays vastly different than every game that came before it. Breath of the Wild reinvents the series, bringing the classic formula into the modern era of video games. That’s not to say there needed to be a shake-up, but that’s what Nintendo has given us, breathing life        …read more

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch: The Video Game Revolution

On March 3, Nintendo Switch will usher in a new era of possibilities for video games by switching up the way we play. When Nintendo first revealed its latest video game system in October, many were dismayed by its bland name: the Nintendo Switch. Sure, the trailer showed off that the system would act as both a home console and a portable unit — hence the “Switch” — but the name seemed too benign, too        …read more

Luke Cage Power Fist

Superhero 101: Power Man (Luke Cage) and Iron Fist

With Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ season one in the books and ‘Iron Fist’ on the horizon, get to know these two superheroes according to the comics. Long before Luke Cage and Iron Fist had their own original shows on Netflix, they each had gone through periods of turmoil within the Marvel Universe. There was a time when both heroes were almost cancelled from the comics, likely to be expunged entirely, due to dwindling readership. It was        …read more

Wolverine

Superhero 101: Logan, the Man Known as Wolverine

Before you watch the new Wolverine movie, ‘Logan,’ discover his origins according to the comics. Today when people think Wolverine, they think Hugh Jackman. That’s understandable. After all, Jackman has played the role in nine films, including the upcoming Logan, since 2000. X-Men and Wolverine films make some of the basics of the character common knowledge. Wolverine frequently goes by the name Logan, the title of the upcoming film. Sometimes, in less fortunate occasions, he’s        …read more

team curse

10 Legendary Sports Curses, Ongoing and Broken

The world celebrates with the Chicago Cubs, who broke their 108-year team curse. Do you know about all 10 of these curses in sports history? Curses and superstitions are curious parts of sports lore. Some swear by them, while others laugh them off. But if you believe in curses, the longest team curse has been broken, and five million people filled the streets of Chicago to celebrate a new era. It happened. The Chicago Cubs finally broke a        …read more

first-person shooter

First Person Shoot Out: Comparing the Three Blockbusters Spawning This Season

A buyer’s guide to the three big-budget first-person shooter games available now. Which one’s right for you? Each holiday season, a myriad of big-budget video games vie for the attention of gift shoppers and gamers looking for an experience to get lost in. The first-person shooter genre is a mainstay at the top of wish lists and sales charts. This season, instead of the usual one or two blockbuster FPS titles, there are three: Battlefield        …read more

Superhero 101: Doctor Strange

Before you watch the new Doctor Strange movie, discover his origins according to the comics. One of the benefits of the Hollywood superhero phenomenon is that moviegoers are meeting characters previously known to only niche groups of comic book readers. Everyone knew Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, but now the general public know Iron Man, the Avengers and even Ant-Man. On November 4, mainstream audiences will meet another superhero: Doctor Strange. Superhero flicks are accessible to anyone without a        …read more

NES games

NES Games Bring Back Fun for All Ages

This holiday, the Nintendo Entertainment System will be reissued, bringing classic NES games to a new generation. In the early ’80s, after the craze for the Atari dwindled and the novelty of arcades grew thin, there was a growing uncertainty in the video game industry. The “video game crash” seemed to happen due to the belief that games had already reached their peak. Looking back now, in the age of video game ubiquity in mainstream culture, these        …read more

mental illness

8 Contemporary Novels Exploring Mental Illness

Fiction has the power to enlighten readers about mental illness and the capacity to inspire hope. Mental illness has been a steadfast theme in fiction since the first novel of the Western Literary Tradition, Don Quixote. Today, as mental illness continues to lose its stigma in mainstream society, modern writers are providing unique narratives that set out to explore the manifestations of depression, anxiety and other diseases affecting mental health. Here are eight sterling, earnest depictions        …read more

fantasy football league

Has the Fantasy Football League Ruined NFL Fandom?

As we perfect our starting lineups for our fantasy football leagues, we ask: Has fantasy changed NFL fans for better or for worse? It’s week 12 of the NFL season, and your team is taking the field with a potential playoff berth at stake. Carson Palmer, one of the best feel-good stories of the year, has reemerged as an elite quarterback. Now, if only Antonio Brown snags a few tosses for triple-digit yardage and a        …read more

eSports

What’s with the Rapid Rise of eSports?

eSports viewership outpaces the Super Bowl, NBA Finals and Wimbledon — by a long shot. But why? Soon, average sports fans may become avid fans of what some don’t even acknowledge as a sport: eSports. When it comes to traditional TV sports ratings, the NFL — and specifically the Super Bowl — is unmatched. We saw 111.9 million tune in to watch Peyton Manning ride off into the sunset in Super Bowl 50 earlier this        …read more

geek chic

From Outcasts to Geek Chic: Nerd Culture in the Mainstream

From Freaks and Geeks to Weezer, we’ve finally arrived in the wonder years of geek chic. In an episode of the tech-comedy Silicon Valley, Richard says, “For thousands of years, guys like us have gotten the shit kicked out of us. But now, for the first time, we’re living in an era when we can be in charge.” The “guys like us” are tech geeks and nerds, and it wasn’t that long ago that a reference        …read more

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio: In the Wake of Constant Belief

The curse is broken in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the fourth quarter of game seven of the 2016 NBA Finals, and I’m pacing uncontrollably. I believe but I’m conditioned to expect heartbreak. Palms clasped against the center of my face as if I am praying, wishing, hoping that this time — this time — it will be different. The series of events throughout the final two minutes of the game have already been talked about endlessly:        …read more

Iranian Revolution

1979 Iranian Revolution Video Game Immerses Players in History

Revolution games drop players into crises of truly historic proportions. iNK Stories, a New York–based multimedia company, offers an immersive historical experience in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Video games have the power to transport players to new interactive worlds, and with advances in technology, those worlds are becoming increasingly realistic. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has taken gamers to pivotal points in history; the Call of Duty series has gone into the trenches of a variety        …read more

sci-fi predictions

11 Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True

Sci-fi writers prove they’re time travelers with these predictions that came true. From VR to smart cars to AI, some of the most popular and impressive technology products we’re using and developing today are science fiction predictions that came true. 1. Invisibility Warner Bros. Soon, it won’t just be Predator lurking in the shadows or Harry Potter scurrying across Hogwarts undetected. Breakthrough metamaterial cloaking is on the cusp of reality. Ultrathin, nonmetal materials have the power        …read more

Undertale Game

‘Undertale’ Dives Deep into the Human Condition

Can a role-playing video game change how we treat each other? Entertainment often reveals truths about the world around us. A category of entertainment that has taken great strides in recent years in commenting on societal interactions and the breadth of human emotions is the video game industry. Mass-produced, big-budget, upscale titles typically revolve around one common element: fun. However, in the independent game subcategory, passion projects created by small teams set out to explore        …read more