Benjamin Hedge Olson

Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Olson is currently an Instructor in Cultural Studies at American InterContinental University. You can contact him at [email protected]

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//Features

Marit Larsen on the Power of Nordic Pop Music and How to Cultivate a Cult Audience | 24 Mar 2016 // 4:45 AM

Marit Larsen is the hyper-talented Nordic pop heroine that many should-be fans in North America have yet to discover.

The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot | 24 Sep 2013 // 11:00 PM

At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.

//Reviews

Various Artists: Studio One Dub Fire Special | 29 Jun 2016 // 9:10 PM

Studio One Dub Fire Special is as clear an overview of dub’s most basic essence as you could ask for.

Plaid: The Digging Remedy | 19 Jun 2016 // 9:30 PM

On their new record The Digging Remedy Plaid provide us with one of the most satisfying examples of the Plaid sound yet recorded.

//Blogs

Remembering GWAR's Dave Brockie: Scumdog of the Universe, Artist, Hero | 1 Apr 2014 // 4:00 AM

Dave Brockie forced GWAR fans to take absurdity very seriously. He gave hope to kids all over the world, suggesting that creativity, humor, and heavy metal might be infinitely more powerful than the stultifying, small-minded idiocy that they saw all around them.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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