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Wednesday, September 12 2012

Body Politic: Rihanna’s Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart’s Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult

This week Flashpoints looks at the female body politic that is reflected in the hall of mirrors of pop culture. Our gaze is cast on what we think we see of Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.


Thursday, May 24 2012

Flash Points: Chicks, Sluts and Facebook

This week Flash Points looks at the release of a controversial book sexually 'profiling' women, the slut shaming of Rihanna, and the poor showing of Facebook's IPO.


Wednesday, October 26 2011

“A Very Strong Underlying Message 4 Girls Like Me”: Rihanna’s “Man Down” Video

In a culture that glorifies pimping and exploiting women’s bodies for profit, Rihanna's "Man Down" sends a powerful message to both men and women about women's sexual autonomy.


Sunday, October 23 2011

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

The big-budget sequel to the Technicolor Viva la Vida is multi-textured, arena-ready...and boring as hell.


Thursday, April 28 2011

Dancing Till the World Ends: Why Does Contemporary Pop Love War?

The Europop renaissance in Top 40 music has ushered in a peculiar fascination with the sounds, smells and visions of war. Seeing pop as a kind of warfare, or warfare in pop, provides a psychic escape for the listener.


Monday, February 14 2011

Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys

Performance-filled show often gave excellent tributes to music greats, but barely passed out any awards. This is going to be a long post!


Friday, February 4 2011

Guessing the Grammys

Predictions on who will win what in the biggest categories, based on industry hype and a little guessing about the academy’s voters.


Wednesday, December 22 2010

The Year in Music: March 2010


Friday, October 22 2010

Potential Grammy Nominees for Song of the Year?

This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award.


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