Steven Aoun was the film and television critic for Australia’s leading film journal Metro magazine. He has also written music criticism for Melbourne’s daily newspaper Herald Sun and been an editorial assistant for CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, the peer-reviewed quarterly of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. He is currently writing a PHD on the nature of critical theory and may even finish it within this lifetime. Steven regularly contributes to PopMatters as a feature writer and previously wrote the column Through the Looking Glass and the Flashpoints series. Steven can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org when he is not also writing the novel “On Caroline Jane’s Happiness”.
Sunday, October 6 2013
Like Walter White, we left Breaking Bad with a big smile on our faces. And that’s what was so bad about it.
Monday, August 26 2013
Consider watching these true originals before American remakes completely ruin them or force them back into hiding underground.
Monday, June 10 2013
George R.R. Martin's series looks and feels like a historical drama, except the audience doesn't know how the story will turn out. Martin's 'fantasy' is preoccupied with power -- its relations, differentials and dynamics -- because he's interested in the way 'history' is really made.
Thursday, November 29 2012
The Petraeus sex scandal, liberal 'naming and shaming' of young racists and Rihanna's new single share a common theme: popular culture as survelliance. We all seem to be minding one another's business and keeping a watchful eye on one another.
Thursday, November 8 2012
Hurricane Sandy was not just a freak natural occurrence -- it became the 'perfect storm' for cultural events such as conspiracy theories, religious intolerance, scientific accountability, and the sharing of (mis)information through social media.
Thursday, April 19 2012
Is it worst to be killed by a crazed mob wielding machetes or to die via conveyor belt and filing system? The Better Angels of Our Nature keeps falling victim to the halo effect, creating an aura around reason itself.
Thursday, January 5 2012
Welcome to the 2011 Through the Looking Glass awards, the Anger Is An Energy edition. This was the year the whole earth shook, sending shock waves in all directions. We don't mean to imply that the seismic shifts were of equal magnitude: not every violent disturbance registered the same on our Richter scale.
Thursday, September 22 2011
Freedom is just another word for contemplating our own reflections. Indeed, the way internet users process information predates the advent of computers, and merely reflects the way we want to see (filter) the world in the first place.
Friday, April 5 2013
The Steubenville High School rape allegations were more than a controversial court case — they were a true test of character.
Monday, October 29 2012
Sonnymoon defy easy listening and categorgisation: they understand that pigeon holes are for pigeons.