Columns

Thursday, April 3 2008

Renters: Enemies of the Ownership Society

In light of the recently burst housing bubble and the resulting inflation, this renter is having a hard time maintaining sympathy for borrowers who went in over their heads, buying homes with far more space than needed.


Wednesday, April 2 2008

Five from Beyond the Fringe

In the following five examples of fringe films, we have movies so amazing, originality so outstanding, that the entire cinematic situation offered defies comprehension.


Tuesday, April 1 2008

Obama, Clinton, and Cantaloupes

The media will keep playing YouTube videos and speculating about politicians’ intentions rather than doing the hard investigative work -- simply because they can.


Monday, March 31 2008

It Ain’t No Joke

Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously.


Sunday, March 30 2008

Whitewash

A small town white boy looks back at pop culture's impact on his concept of race while growing up, and how racism and homophobia are expressed and addressed in today's pop climate.


Thursday, March 27 2008

Gene Vincent:  A Caricature Portrait of the Artist as Rebel Rocker

Nostalgic craving for the iconic Gene gene still burns bright, as look-alikes (young and old) exaggeratedly hiccup their way through “Be-Bop-a-Lula”.


Wednesday, March 26 2008

Shad: An Undeniably American Icon

Emerson spoke of it in a eulogy for Thoreau, not long after, it fueled Doherty and his cavalry in their relentless pursuit of Booth -- no wonder McPhee calls it America's "founding fish".


Tuesday, March 25 2008

Customer Feedback

Some Amazon buyers serve as "culture jammers", expressing their contempt for advertisers through simple acts of creative customer feedback.


Monday, March 24 2008

TV Commercials: the New, Nonstop Playlist

TV commercials have become a legitimate source for discovering new music -- from Wilco on the Volkswagen ads, to Cat Power hawking DeBeers diamonds, to any number of artists pimping Apple.


Sunday, March 23 2008

The Escape Artist

The desire to escape that lives in each of us, and the consequences of acting on that desire, is what makes us care for Chris McCandless (Into the Wild), and what makes his short life such a compelling story.


Thursday, March 20 2008

Anger With Stoic Dignity

Protest music can go one of three ways: angry, storytelling, or communal. Sowing the Seeds is communal, meant to shore up the spirits of people who are locked together, arm-in-arm, to fight for a common cause.


Wednesday, March 19 2008

Shining in its Evil Splendor

PopMatters' Adrien Begrand talks with Tomas Haake about Meshuggah's State of obZen.


Tuesday, March 18 2008

Websurfing, Digital Shorts and Lateral Drift

Premium beer + long winter months + national health care = fertile breeding ground for resourceful science.


Monday, March 17 2008

Classical Egypt in America

By shining the light on the vast, rich cultures of the Middle East, these musicians are bringing misconceptions and misunderstandings out of the darkness of the past, not to mention the dark corners of our present.


Sunday, March 16 2008

Surviving Le Crunch

On rugby rivalry, Anglo-French relations, and places in Paris that Englishmen should avoid.


Thursday, March 13 2008

The Ballot or the Beef

It's possible that hip-hop and the US government have been engaged in the longest running beef of all, from the infamous FBI letter sent to NWA in 1998 to the Congressional Hearings in 2007 seeking to investigate hip-hop lyrics.


Wednesday, March 12 2008

If It’s Gay, It’s Gotta Be Good, Right?

Dante's Cove isn't the only piece of gay schlock to be embraced by the gay and lesbian community – we're quick to latch on to almost anything gay-related and rally around it, no matter how bad it may be.


Tuesday, March 11 2008

A Return to Rhetoric

Long past the days of the eloquent Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or John F. Kennedy, Americans have rediscovered the desire to be absorbed by words, stirred by words, even awed by words, again.


Monday, March 10 2008

The Gap: Charles Lloyd

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd enjoyed periods of critical acclaim, popular celebration, eccentric withdrawal, and general trivialization. He was easy to ignore if you came of jazz fan age after 1970, and that's a shame.


Sunday, March 9 2008

Get on the Bus: A Tutorial for the US Presidential Candidates

While it may be noisy, cramped, and crowded with voices that sound nothing like the candidates', every bus is a microcosm America -- and a perfect place to really meet "the people".


//Mixed media
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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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