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.
Monday, January 26 2009
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
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
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
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
Carducci tells of his first-hand experience with how the 'power tie' truly ties one in to power.
Sunday, June 27 2010
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
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.
Wednesday, January 14 2015
9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster examines the tremulous memory effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
The story of how Ford Motor Company's assembly-line techniques helped America win WWII, and the behind-the-scenes battles waged in order to get it done.
Sunday, March 16 2014
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 is one of America's most notorious clusterfucks. It's also recently emerged as a perceived land of opportunity.
Friday, July 12 2013
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.
Monday, May 14 2012
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
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
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
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 new "Total Confidence" ad campaign doesn't inspire much confidence in this viewer.