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Vince Carducci
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Vince Carducci is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies, a private art and design school in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @cultrindustreez.


Features

Monday, January 26 2009

Manufacturing Motown

Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.


Thursday, July 26 2007

Confidence Games on Canal Street

Consumers of counterfeit branded products may be dupes or they may be shrewd shoppers, but they are also communicators; people who demonstrate literacy in the meanings attached to certain symbols in the marketplace both of goods and ideas.


Monday, July 16 2007

Work, the Sequel

Most people don't have the luxury of choosing to bail from a high-paying job to live the stressed-out, pizza-scarfing life of a grad student.


Wednesday, May 31 2006

Free Culture (While Supplies Last)

PopMatters books writer Vince Carducci takes stock of World Book and Copyright Day and other aspects of the global marketplace for ideas.


Monday, May 23 2005

Ties That Bind

Carducci tells of his first-hand experience with how the 'power tie' truly ties one in to power.


Columns

Sunday, June 27 2010

Confessions of a Political Romantic: Christopher Hitchens' 'Hitch-22'

Hitchens often remarks here on his being a late bloomer, and so it is that some will see the core of Hitch-22 as the story of the author’s inner journey in adulthood from firebrand '60s campus radical to geezery Tory of the Anglo-American variety.


Thursday, February 25 2010

Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

Sociologist Sharon Zukin looks at the forces at play in some of the cooler neighborhoods of New York in this update of Jane Jacobs and the principles of urban revitalization for the 21st century.


Reviews

Sunday, March 16 2014

'The Creative Class' Rises Again

Richard Florida is one-upping Karl Marx, casting the creative class as the rightful inheritors of the fruits of the Earth.


Monday, January 20 2014

'Detroit City is the Place to Be' Is Part 'Blade-Runner' Travelogue, Part Gen-X Memoir

Detroit is one of America's most notorious clusterfucks. It's also recently emerged as a perceived land of opportunity.


Friday, July 12 2013

We Are Ensnared in the Sticky Web of Control: '24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep'

In his important new book, visual culture theorist Jonathan Crary tells us that rather than herald a new age of freedom and self-determination, the new media technologies have ensnared us in a stickier web of control.


Thursday, November 17 2011

From Highfalutin Academics to Cutting-Edge Street-Level Remixers: 'Cutting Across Media'

Cutting Across Media is a collection of essays by critics and artists that encourages all those suffering from the anxiety of influence to embrace their symptom.


Monday, July 25 2011

'The Beach Beneath the Streets': A Pleasant Meander Through the Situationist Labyrinth

McKenzie Wark seamlessly weaves together a dizzying array of sources both vintage and contemporary in this reexamination of the Situationist International.


Blogs

Monday, May 14 2012

Steve Hughes, Washed in Dirt

For a decade and a half, Steve Hughes has published Stupor, a zine that chronicles life in the age of diminished expectations. The newest issue was done in collaboration with international art star (and Björk main squeeze) Matthew Barney.


Tuesday, July 20 2010

'The Detroiters' Captures Motor City Advertising, 'Mad Men' Style

A 50-year-old copy of a pulp fiction novel on advertising in Detroit is the starting point for an investigation into a bit of late 20th-century pop culture.


Thursday, March 18 2010

Re: Reading Chronic City

A second take on the most recent novel by Jonathan Lethem, which was named a New York Times Best Book for 2009.


Friday, February 12 2010

Always Know; Monk Always

Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.


Wednesday, May 6 2009

GM’s ‘Total Confidence’ Ad Campaign

GM's new "Total Confidence" ad campaign doesn't inspire much confidence in this viewer.


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