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Monday, November 21 2005

Jung and the Restless

Fun with media supersaturation as the realms of celebrity and the collective unconscious collide!


RedWebPop

On-line suicide clubs, pornographic blogs, lethal chat rooms, and killer confessionals: Japan's webbed world is often a murky realm where the psychologically meek meet the morally interrupted. A peek inside ReDot's weird wild web.


Norm!

While not necessarily looking for a place where everybody -- including the busboy -- knows your name, Horn would like to locate a new drinking establishment that offers a sitcom-style sense of community.


Sunday, November 20 2005

He’s All Mine: Laying Claim to Terrell Owens in the Culture Wars

In many ways, Owens' image, as it were, serves as a kind of proving ground in the culture wars that pit racist fans and media members against bleeding heart, amoral commentators.


Duck…Duck…Duck…GOOSE!

Think the castaways of Survivor are tough? Does Fear Factor represent the ultimate endurance test to you? Well, according to Gibron, they're nothing compared to one of Spain's most celebrated '90s game shows.


Thursday, November 17 2005

Cab Calloway: Original Rapper

Rhythmic emphases, rhyme infatuations, celebrations of decadence, slang, bling, and an overall manifestation of cool: Cab Calloway was hip-hop's preeminent godfather.


Wednesday, November 16 2005

The Holy Grails of Jazz

With reissues of music past, so much of history lives on to be rediscovered, over and over again. Yet one can't help but wonder how much has been forever lost.


Everything Is (Sort Of) Illuminated

In the rare case of a book and its cinematic adaptation complimenting each other, Makowsky looks at the link between the literary and celluloid versions of Jonathan Safran Foer's acclaimed novel.


Tuesday, November 15 2005

Breast Case Scenario

In close proximity to a legacy of Attorneys General, this witness addresses that which is hidden behind veils of secrecy -- and blue fabric -- and that which is exposed... but not spoken of.


The Usefulness Trap

Removed from the velvet-draped display; torn from the colorful packaging; off the rack and in the closet... it's just not all it seemed to be. The use value falls so short of the hype value of commodities, that actual ownership and use of a thing is disappointing if not disillusioning.


Monday, November 14 2005

Cultural Imperialism or Friendly Guidance?

The Foreign Devil swears he's trying to help, but when does 'help' become an imperialist action?


Trumping the Box Office Slump

Posner has some advice for all those suits who believe that the current box office slump is centered around bad films or the burgeoning sell-through schism of DVD: 'It's the marketing, stupid!'


Thursday, November 3 2005

Food for Naught

In this initial look back at some of television's forgotten programming and people, Gibron 'elucidates the citizenry' as to the 'epicurean unusualness' of one of the medium's most 'egregiously erudite' cook show hosts: David Wade.


Wednesday, November 2 2005

Keeping an Eye on Mother and Baby

Did Ronnie Spector and Tina Turner play subversive feminist roles under the banner of male-dominated pop music? Or did we simply mistake stilted sexual roles for the progressive politics we desired?


Tuesday, November 1 2005

The Underrated/Overrated List

Bringing you the best in arbitrary, uninformed and mean-spirited opinions since 1986!


Monday, October 31 2005

UN-dermining Hollywood

Wood sheds light on the recent UN resolution allowing countries more control over their cultural heritage -- and how that might impact the billions of box office dollars flowing into Hollywood coffers.


Sunday, October 30 2005

Black After These Messages

Harris wants to clean up TV advertising. So he's offering some advice to Madison Avenue on how it can make its current fixation with African American culture more 'real' for its intended 'peeps'.


Thursday, October 27 2005

Mudlark Movies: Lucky Stiff

Turning the spotlight on those unfortunate films that have somehow fallen through the cracks in the entertainment system, Gibron champions the mudlark movie -- cinematic orphans that truly deserve a second chance.


Wednesday, October 26 2005

Not the Cosbys

You know how they say everyone has a twin somewhere? Well, members of the Horn family look just like those people on (name that sitcom).


Tuesday, October 25 2005

Not Just Zombies

Even though George Romero is famous for his zombie flicks, he has directed a variety of other equally interesting fright films that are usually overlooked by the casual fan.


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