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Thursday, July 11 2013

To Live Is to Die: Clint Eastwood’s Dangerous Oeuvre

These 20 films are a journey through the social and political conditions of America and a broader history of human violence that crowns no winners and knows no end.


Wednesday, February 6 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap Part 1: The Athlete as Hieroglyph

In a money- and youth-driven culture that seems to understand nearly all human activity as part of a contest, death, like poverty, has come to be associated, however imprecisely, with losing.


Wednesday, January 23 2013

Violence Unchained

There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?


Sunday, May 13 2012

Systemic and Subjective: The Violence of ‘The International’ and the Global Financial Order

The weapons deals in The International and the back-door negotiations between corporate lobbies and Congress are two sides of the same coin; both use overwhelming systemic violence to further their ends.


Monday, July 19 2010

‘Jass’ Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.


Wednesday, April 7 2010

Building a Better Murderer

Darksiders offers nothing especially new in terms of teaching the player to kill, but what it it does do better than many games is teach the player to be a more efficient and effective murderer by changing up some existing mechanisms of training the player in the deadly arts. Largely, this boils down to creating some rules for murder.


Tuesday, October 6 2009

“RE: Raw Video of Derrion Albert 16 teen year old beaten to death ...”

How slow is too slow for non-violence? One girl counts to five and voila!


Monday, August 18 2008

Me, Myself & BBCi: Who’s Watching Whom

The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.


Tuesday, March 25 2008

Thou Shalt Kill: A Look at Violence in Video Games

L.B. Jeffries takes a look at the arguments behind the debate on violence in modern-day video games.


Friday, April 20 2007

God of War II

The God of War franchise is as over the top as an action movie -- there's no point in warning you not to try this at home, because you can't.


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