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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The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot | 24 Sep 2013 // 10:00 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.


Killing Joke: Pylon | 16 Nov 2015 // 8:20 PM

Pylon reminds us that no one can make a soundtrack for the apocalypse quite like Killing Joke.

Maserati: Rehumanizer | 11 Nov 2015 // 8:15 PM

The listener may find him or herself wondering why we need a brand new record of this kind of stuff in 2015.


Remembering GWAR's Dave Brockie: Scumdog of the Universe, Artist, Hero | 1 Apr 2014 // 3:00 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

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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