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Steven Aoun
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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 bonnee01@gmail.com when he is not also writing the novel “On Caroline Jane’s Happiness”.


Features

Sunday, October 6 2013

Why Do We Feel So Good About Walter White's Bad Behavior?

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

Cult TV: Three Shows You Should Be Watching

Consider watching these true originals before American remakes completely ruin them or force them back into hiding underground.


Monday, June 10 2013

Why 'Game of Thrones' Matters

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

Spies Like Us: Sex Scandal, Racists Tweets and Nobody's Business

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: The Perfect Storm in Every Way

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.


Columns

Thursday, April 19 2012

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Steven Pinker's 'The Better Angels of Our Nature'

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

The 2011 Looking Glass Awards: Anger Is An Energy

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

Bursting Wikileaks' Bubble

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.


Blogs

Friday, April 5 2013

Steubenville as Personality Test

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 Transcends Boundaries (videos)

Sonnymoon defy easy listening and categorgisation: they understand that pigeon holes are for pigeons.


Thursday, October 25 2012

Moon King - "Only Child" (stream)


Tuesday, October 23 2012

Adventure Time: I Remember You


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