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Wednesday, November 28 2007

New American Gladiators: The Rise of Mixed Martial Arts

Initially seen as little more than back alley brawlers scrapping for beer money, MMA has found sporting legitimacy in meteoric fashion – this kind of fighting offers a truly global and democratic way to kick someone's ass.


Tuesday, November 27 2007

Business is Still Good: Inside Megadeth’s Warchest

With 11 studio albums behind them, including the very good United Abominations this past summer, Megadeth's sound has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget just how unique they sounded when they started making waves in the metal scene more than two decades ago.


Monday, November 26 2007

Hooked by Antique Lures

Who is more captive to the prized antique fishing lure, fish or fisherman? With fishing, what you catch, or what catches your fancy, is not always in the water.


Sunday, November 25 2007

One Man’s Trash…

However unseemly and excessive this market may seem, the fact is that ever since there have been celebrities, there have been people rooting through their rubbish.


Horror Cinema By the Numbers

Technology is not the only reason for the recent worldwide glut in horror films. Ease of access and influence also contribute to their continuing creation.


Tuesday, November 20 2007

Big Brass at the Disco

Shantel has accomplished the most daunting task imaginable in this genre: making an accessible pop record with tubas, trumpets and dumbeks, and our response remains among the greatest of human pleasures: we dance.


Monday, November 19 2007

Financial Fantasies

What truly moves markets is a mystery, but what moves humans to participate is pure fantasy.


Sunday, November 18 2007

Writers – Who Needs ‘em? A Solution to the Writer’s Strike

A bold proposal regarding our massive backlog of pop culture artifacts and the potential recycling thereof, ad infinitum.


Transatlantic (American) Football

PopMatters columnist, hyperventilating with hero worship, rushes the NFL in London.


Thursday, November 15 2007

It’s a World of Hope, It’s a World of Fear

GLBT persons in the West face various acts of discrimination. At least state-sanctioned murder isn't among them.


Wednesday, November 14 2007

A Laughing Dilemma, Revealed

Jazz and its fans have grown all too serious. The genre could use a clown prince or two.


Tuesday, November 13 2007

Don’t Keep Your Philosophy Under Your (Mr.) Hat

The point of philosophy going pop is not to exalt the ivory tower and herd people inside; it’s to give philosophers a chance to leave.


Monday, November 12 2007

Living in a Po-Co World

Expats in post-colonial Dhaka have their hearts in the right places, if their generosity at fund-raising events is anything to go by, although the end result is haphazard, like a game of ‘Pin the Conscience on the Public Servant’ that has been played their tipsy spouses.


Sunday, November 11 2007

Splitting Hairs with the US Government

How many citizens must be victimized by a $400 haircut before a Presidential candidate offers up a Universal Hair Care program?


Thursday, November 8 2007

Yo! Your TV Raps: Hip-Hop on US Television

Hip-hop's TV exposure has been strong, giving us a mixture of critique, celebrity, and celebration. Who, in the '80s, would've guessed that hip-hop would have such cultural presence?


Wednesday, November 7 2007

Talk About G-generations

Members of the 'Generation After' are the ones who grew up in the shadows because the previous generation was blocking the sun.


Tuesday, November 6 2007

Godless

I'm not here to mock God and his fanatical fan club, I'll sit back and let much more clever men and women mock them for me.


Monday, November 5 2007

Don’t Know Much About History

As Lupe Fiasco learned in a recent faux pas, what you don't know won't scare you – until somebody calls you out.


Sunday, November 4 2007

Living on the Margins

The protagonists of tomorrow are people who are off-line, somehow off the grid, unsophisticated or simply unimpressed by the general spectacle of information-overload and conspicuous consumption.


Thursday, November 1 2007

Fishing, Fathers, and Sons

We’re all mythical creatures created from stories that blend fact and fiction, myth and reality, into a magical whole, and no tale does this the better than the fish story.


//Mixed media
//Blogs

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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