Monday, June 13 2005
Pornography simplifies sex by making it a commodity. In the desire to accumulate more, intimacy is irretrievably lost.
Friday, June 10 2005
Television's rules of engagement have blurred the distinction of real vs. unreal for viewers. From camera friendly political campaigns to glossy televised hype-fests, the principle of Style over Substance reigns supreme.
Thursday, June 9 2005
Leonard provides a short history of sartorial free speech, during and after apartheid, as expressed on the very bodies of the people.
Wednesday, June 8 2005
Gottfried considers the acting, the acting out, and the act put upon the females of The Apprentice.
Monday, June 6 2005
When all the righteous Cosby-induced bluster has blown, all that's left the poor is caught up in tree branches and clogging the gutters, same as before.
It's war to see who really came to America's rescue after the big crash of '29. And the cinematic suspects are a boxer, a ghost, and a horse... of course.
Friday, June 3 2005
Gadette suggests New York City extend its desire for self-beautification, and artistic sophistication, in an environmentally- and people-friendly manner.
Thursday, June 2 2005
One of the benefits of no longer being a teenager is that I don't care if the high school dramas I watch are realistic because I no longer expect to be validated by television.
Wednesday, June 1 2005
Taghizadeh defends Al Jazeera, the best source for news from and for the Arab world.
Tuesday, May 31 2005
Blair endured a grueling campaign that required him to actually face disgruntled voters -- quite unlike Bush's pre-screened, pre-set, flag waving constituency.
Friday, May 27 2005
Hill's cut-up/trim-down, pedagogical debut on African American culture, or: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly In Need of a Shaving.
For PopMatters TV/Film Columnist Mark Harris, being a minority in a majority world created an ironic, lifelong battle against being force-fed at the teat of popular culture.
Thursday, May 26 2005
Life rocks, says Kootnikoff. Let it and U2 shake you, baby!
Wednesday, May 25 2005
In which the Foreign Devil becomes eye candy, window-dressing and court jester all while not playing a John Denver song.
Tuesday, May 24 2005
In France, a beloved musician needn't be 'successful', in the how-many-CDs-can-he-sell sense, to be vraiment réussi.
Monday, May 23 2005
Hero worship and chance encounters can pay dividends... but you'd best know the Clash from the Pistols.
Friday, May 20 2005
A guided tour of one of America's most protected habitats for endangering species.
Thursday, May 19 2005
When it comes time to 'burn books' in countries such as the US, the rule of law serves as the flaming match; in this case, Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Tuesday, May 17 2005
When the story of how AIDS affects ordinary people in South Africa is told, their real names are seldom used - because it can get you killed.
Friday, May 13 2005
New PopMatters columnist Jane Santos finds a whole course work of women's history right in her own home: embodied in the exuberant life of her very stylish mother.