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Friday, Jul 25, 2014
Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, McAfee, one of the leaders in online security, has released their list of 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes.

As a writer living in two worlds, one a world of contemporary technology, the other, a world of hard science fiction speculation with an occasional hint of fantasy, I always enjoy coming across real world data that illustrates just how thin the boundaries are between these world.


Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, McAfee, one of the leaders in online security, has released their list of 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes. They state in their press release that “this research is based on which superheroes are kryptonite on the web and result in bad links, including viruses, malware and sites laden with malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information.”


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
Reading Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13 triggers familiar memories of Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead, only some of them warm and comforting.

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The Road Ahead, if you read it when it first came out, felt bold and optimistic and you by extension, if you read it right, felt imbued with a sense of It Can Be Done. But back in 1995, the more radical tech visionaries and evangelists bit their tongues in a silent grudge—that perhaps The Road Ahead’s vision didn’t go far enough, that perhaps its vision of integrating tech into a fundamentally unchanged social system didn’t quite harness the real promise of computing.


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
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PopMatters seeks essays (1,200 to 3,000 words, usually) about any aspect of popular culture, present or past.

(If you are interested in pitching a review of some specific current work or performance, please contact the appropriate section editor.) We prefer careful analysis of the chosen subject matter with the intention of supporting an original thesis; we aren’t particularly interested in articles that merely want to promote their subject. An assessment of what ideological work a given pop culture phenomenon performs (i.e. what has allowed something to become popular, what’s at stake in its popularity besides money, how it is situated in a historical or geographical context, etc.) is especially welcome. Ideally essays will draw on sophisticated interpretive strategies derived from a theoretically informed point of view, but will be presented for a general reader in lively, accessible language.


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Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014
There’s something that needs to be said about where Robert Venditti is taking the Green Lantern universe, something good…

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Were you around for this? I was, and it felt wrong. One of the few moments in my life I felt like a bystander.


It’s the early fall of 1999, and there’s a sense of the Millennium in the air. I’m reading comics, and right now, I’m distracted by how good the cover of last month’s Hellblazer was (issue #141, “The Crib,” for those of us keeping score), and how psychologically riveting Brit writer Warren Ellis has managed to make the lead character, John Constantine.


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Monday, May 19, 2014
Red Hood and his fellow Outlaws find themselves in the theater of outlandish cartoon violence and threats, visited on the galaxy by none other than arguably the greatest villain of the ‘90s -- the Main Man himself, Lobo.

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As early as its opening arc, Red Hood and the Outlaws has always read as a kind of meditation on the problematic nature of super-powers in the world. Think of Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort’s first sojourn into the world of this comicbook. It was a flooding in of hardened individuals in an even harder world, a world where the leads don’t necessarily want to live by might-makes-right but find that they themselves need to resort to exactly that to assert a greater moral authority.


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