Articles tagged semiotics, post-humanism, postmodernism, post-structuralism, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, european studies, anti-establishment

Conspiracy Theories and Unlimited Info: The Fall Season’s New Crop of Literal Know-It-Alls

What does the recent upswing in series with information-overloaded protagonists say about our cultural and social concerns?

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12 Feb 2015 // 10:57 AM

Has America Turned Into a Spoof of Itself?

Did postmodernism kill literary satire? I’ve been wondering about this in the wake of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for its caricatures of the prophet Muhammad; one appears on the cover of the first issue after the attack, brandishing a placard that declares “Je suis Charlie” while shedding a tear.

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The Power of the Reader in ‘A History of Reading’

Alberto Manguel takes a thematic rather than linear approach to a history of reading, offering an entertaining and impassioned account of reading practices and readers' agency.

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The Future Is Now, and It Is Odd: A Retrospective on Hip-hop in the ‘00s

The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.

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Adam Phillips’ ‘Missing Out’ Offers Pearls of Wisdom in a Sea of Disappointment

Part Shakespearean analysis, part cultural anthropology, part literary criticism and part psychoanalysis, Missing Out is a compendium of insights and musings about our desire to be more than we are.

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Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.

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‘1Q84’: A World that Bears a Question

Huraki Murakami is stretching himself to create a sort of hybrid between his humourous and off-beat slipstream novels and the aching and yearning of romance that permeates his more mainstream stuff.

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“Red Hood & the Outlaws” is Editor’s Choice of DC’s New 52

Red Hood & the Outlaws is the pick of DC's relaunch. Here's why.

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Masters of the Universe: Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’

In his desire to trump his upper crust "superiors", Gekko's personal ethic could be read as a perverted, ultimately hypocritical form of populist revolt.

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The Soul At Work: From Alienation to Autonomy by Franco “Bifo” Berardi

This is dazzling, Rubik’s Cube-like prose, with slowly twisting neologisms and bits of theory coming together in creative ways.

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White Noise in the Kitchen Supplies Aisle

Postmodernism in the 21st Century: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You!

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12 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

Wario Land: Shake It!

Wario Land: Shake It! may be the best post-modern video game ever.

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4 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Age of Huts (compleat) by Ron Silliman

If The Age of Huts provides any indication, we're witnessing the development of what is sure to be a defining literary project of the postmodern era.

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Billy Jack, the Original Blockbuster

Through the era-defining "Billy Jack" character, director Tom Laughlin pushed the outlandish, over-the-top event movie into the motion picture mainstream.

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New Cultural Studies by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall [Editors]

As a discipline, it's a bit like a sandwich left out for an hour; you come back to it, and it's already stale.

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25 Apr 2007 // 3:15 AM

What galls Dr. Paglia is that the politics of leveling is compromising scholarship.

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The Death of Jean Baudrillard Did Not Take Place

The controversial French philosopher's legacy has been tarnished by reductionist readings of his work, generated precisely by the tendencies of the mass media he sought to illuminate.

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//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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