Sunday, July 24 2005

Iran: Dancing in the Spotlight

A joke among Iranian exiles is that since the revolution, Iran takes one step forward and three steps back. With Ahmadinejad's election, it appears Iran is doing this shuffle, again.

Thursday, July 21 2005

Keepin’ It Real(ity)

Without an acknowledgment of race, reality TV can never be 'real'; it can only be '-ity'.

Wednesday, July 20 2005

I Don’t Feel Tardy

What goes around to the hip, comes around to us all... eventually.

Tuesday, July 19 2005

The 70s House

This is the show where executives have finally zeroed in on that most tricky aspect of addictive programming - the absolute lowest possible denominator.

Handy Travel Packets

Lord Vader, Maul, and all things Sith have arrived from a galaxy far, far away intent on conquering a brave new world... the world of Advertising.

Monday, July 18 2005

Know Thy Enemy

Alave detects the return of martial law in the Philippines' hot summer air.

Friday, July 15 2005

Oprah’s Feel-Good-About-Herself Zulu Identity

The motivational Oprah Winfrey show rolled into Johannesburg recently and a rather eccentric pronouncement by the talk-show queen prompted our correspondent, Charles Leonard, to write her this open letter about identity...

Thursday, July 14 2005

Cleaning Up After the Train Wreck

When (witting and unwitting) celebrities make train wrecks of their lives, the crowd will be sure to be there to cheer them on. But in the aftermath, they're alone with nothing but a broom and one helluva mess.

Wednesday, July 13 2005

Club Heavy: Daegu Rocks

There's this little-known place in Daegu that has a very big sound...

‘WOW’ of the Worlds

The 2005 War of the Worlds may be one of the few times where the credits 'based on the book by...' actually has a legitimate meaning.

Tuesday, July 12 2005

System’s Down

An urgent appeal for competent technical support for the United States' mainframe.

Monday, July 11 2005

Fighting Hollywood’s Super-Relapse

Director-driven fare is back in Hollywood vogue, and one of the great joys of this new auteurist era is watching it spill into comic book adaptations.

Friday, July 8 2005

The “Me” Syndrome

Marginal Utility -- The 'Me' Syndrome -- The glamorization of the rich inner life is the primary achievement of the culture industry, since what it sells is the kind of ripe fantasy that only one with a rich inner life would prefer to actual living.

Wednesday, July 6 2005

Supreme Court Smackdown

Separation of Church and State in the US is a myth. As Sandra Day O'Connor steps down from her seat on the US Supreme Court, the country prepares for another Holy War.

Fuego in Tu Ciudad

Two Latino magazines take very different approaches to capturing and expressing the complexity of Latinidad.

Tuesday, July 5 2005

A Stateless Passport, Please

Pipe dream or realistic potentiality? Thoughts on the merits of universal citizenship and the freedoms it could, in an ideal world, generate.

Friday, July 1 2005

Spoon-feeding Glamour: Hollywood Knows Best

The mainstream movie fan, in all reality, simply does not want to watch actors, no matter how talented, that they neither recognize nor care about.

Thursday, June 30 2005


Lewis serves as your guide on this pleasant historical walking tour of black Paris.

Wednesday, June 29 2005

Men Talk Pretty These Days

Cosmetics and cosmetic surgery isn't just for the girls, anymore.

There’s no ‘TV’ in ‘Team’

If the degree to which art imitates life can be a measure of greatness then The Office is king of the workplace comedy.

//Mixed media

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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