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Tuesday, May 10 2005

Meters, Purple People Eaters and The Revolution Betrayed

On Taste tracking software; is it an anonymous angel? or something rather sinister?


Wednesday, May 4 2005

Rage Turned to Stone: South Korea’s Hardened Resentment Against Japan

The few Koreans Smith has met who aren't riding the anti-Japanese bandwagon hint that their open-mindedness makes them feel as if they are shirking their nationalistic duty.


We Love You, Bill Hicks

Imitation is one thing, but Emmet Quinn's comedic impersonation of Bill Hicks? Now that is the highest form of flattery.


Outsiders in Their Own Country

Due to the overwhelming force the Egyptian people face, instances of re-appropriation of public space (both physical, linguistic and political) are rare. Those in power have used every possible strategy to keep the public arena empty, making it a vast echo chamber filled only with the sound of their own empty rhetoric. But something is stirring...


Sitting in the Shadows of Giants

Lessons learned from a squash club spanking and visit to Maggie's flat help an intrepid journalist stand tall and be intimidated no more.


Wednesday, April 27 2005

Superman in the Cotton Fields: Comics in Black and White, Mostly White

A racist society is one in which significant political and social capital rests in white hands, even if that society gives lip service and official tribute to the ideals of 'tolerance' and 'diversity'. At least in the marginal art form of comics, African American representations are changing.


Summits, Disciples, and the Love Below

Promise led Lewis to Paris; the tantalizing promise of experiencing the first ever Hip-Hop World Summit and yes, the promise of love.


Rock Tonic

Latinos keep changing things up on US radio stations, messing with that format... and it's working.


Wednesday, April 20 2005

We’re All Geeks Now

PopMatters Columnist Colin Harvey actually gets paid to play video games. He has attained geekdom and its highest level.


Orthodontia: A Generation Laments

There's a planet full of kind and decent people who, as children, were terribly abused. We were the lab rats and guinea pigs for a nascent industry called orthodontia.


Wednesday, April 13 2005

Diary of a Mad White Film Critic

In defense of Roger Ebert, Reynolds notes that it's not at all necessarily racist to say that a black film isn't very good. Earnestness, sensitivity to a community's culture, and good intentions don't automatically make a solid work of art.


ReDotFlow: J-Pop That Would Hit Anywhere

ReDotFlow has been expressed through greater interactions and collaborations between countries; record and entertainment companies, producers, singers and musicians on both ends of the Asian region. Holden provides an in-depth look at how music from Japan spans pop culture boundaries.


ReDotFlow: J-Pop That Would Hit Anywhere

ReDotFlow has been expressed through greater interactions and collaborations between countries; record and entertainment companies, producers, singers and musicians on both ends of the Asian region. Holden provides an in-depth look at how music from Japan spans pop culture boundaries.


ReDotFlow: J-Pop That Would Hit Anywhere

ReDotFlow has been expressed through greater interactions and collaborations between countries; record and entertainment companies, producers, singers and musicians on both ends of the Asian region. Holden provides an in-depth look at how music from Japan spans pop culture boundaries.


In Search of Real Amateurs

Should the majority rule in terms of what art our society makes? Audience-vote-driven entertainment effaces the art being voted on and supplants it with the audience's self-regard, so that it all merely reflects the power the audience feels. Expertise on the subject is irrelevant; being heard and counted among the voters is all that matters.


Wednesday, April 6 2005

Midi Music Festival

In which the Foreign Devil picks up where he left off, taking readers back to China's favourite rock festival.


Is The Future Colourblind?

Three vignettes on race relations amoung South African's Youth. The struggle for political emancipation is over. Now it is a struggle for personal freedom.


St. Patrick’s Prime

Nothing like being the only sober one surrounded by the madness of St. Patrick's Day. To help him sort it out, Breebaart calls upon the ghost of James Joyce for his assessment of the proceedings.


Easy Lover: Calculating the Upside of Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes is not quite white enough to require protection from lingering fears of black men's virility, not so black as to alienate audiences, and just exotic enough to be titillating. Her casting clearly indicates that Hollywood still won't handle interracial romance.


Wednesday, March 30 2005

Messin’ With Texas: Some Sights and Sounds from SXSW

As the final day unfolded, things grew more hazy as the rush to consume all one could in the final hours was not limited to the music.


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