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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
Reading “Being Thrown Under the Syllabus, Dept.” in the upcoming MAD #527 is reading classic MAD.

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It doesn’t take much to realize that the schooling system is broken. Sir Ken Robinson makes a very compelling argument in his 2011 talk at the Royal Society for the Arts. But for every education theorist who looks to the breakdown coming from dated systems attempting to engage a technologically-enhanced world, how many look to the Shakespearean option of the fault lying not so much in our systems, but in ourselves?


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Monday, Mar 24, 2014
Be brave, Superman gets into an epic fight! And more!

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Be brave, indeed! Brace yourself. In the pages of Superman #29, writer Scott Lobdell gets into meat-from-bones kind of territory. “1,000 Degrees in the Shade” is host to a battle royale between two of the most powerful players in the DC Universe.


But that’s just the outer shell. Much like all of us, Superman #29 is much more beautiful on the inside.


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Friday, Mar 21, 2014
by Gunter & Benbow
A weekly wrestling with the postmodern woes that still haunt our modern world…

This episode by Stuart R. Gunter and Parker Benbow.


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Monday, Mar 10, 2014
by Gunter, Benbow, Morse
A weekly wrestling with the postmodern woes that still haunt our modern world…

This episode, by Stuart R. Gunter, Parker Benbow and Bayard Morse.


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Monday, Mar 10, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
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.


For examples of the diversity of topics and range of approaches we welcome, please have a look at PopMatters features and columns archives.


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