Wednesday, February 2 2005

The Gist List: ReDotPop’s Most Memorable Moments Moments, circa 2004 (part 1 of 3)

New Years' celebrations in Japan can get pretty roudy, as anyone who has suffered asphyxiation by rice cake would tell you - if they were alive to tell. Like New Years' celebrations the world over, the occasion calls for reflection on the year just passed. Holden looks back on 2004 in ReDotPop land with tongue-in-cheek. This is the first of three installments.

Wednesday, January 26 2005

The Dogs of Revolution

The people -- and the dogs -- of Romania now reside in a less threatening, more humane country.

An Etiology of Boredom

In a land of plenty, the commodity of respect -- the sense of being socially recognized -- continues to be rationed, rendered scarce.

Wednesday, January 19 2005

Past Pal Bears New Year Present

The UK never really had that rather endearing US tradition surrounding yearbooks, proms and 'Class of' reunions. UK state schools did not encourage the alumni culture that the American educational system so enthusiastically sustains. Friends Reunited may be changing that.

Tuesday, January 18 2005

Iranian-American Like Me

Prudish by American standards, we are slightly wayward by Iranian ones; nationalistic according to Americans, we are politically aloof according to Iranian elders; culturally proud by Iranian measures, we are often considered snobbish by American interpretations.

Wednesday, January 12 2005

Fighting Chance

After the 2004 US Presidential election, part of me still waited for the Diebold voting scandals to unfold, irrationally hoping that Bush's victory was simply a dirty backroom handshake hammered out during an Illuminati luncheon at Cracker Barrel.

Mistaken Identities

Two women, an Egyptian and a Westerner, share a seat on a train between Alexandria and Cairo. On their journey, they are accompanied by a train of thought wherein the identity of the people of Egypt and its colonizers is as in flux as their historically relative and imagination-filled memories.

Tamales y Champurrado

Despite the abundance of Mexican restaurants all over the globe, they are rarely placed in the same category as fine French or Japanese establishments. Burritos, tacos, fajitas, guacamole, quesadillas, salsa, tortilla chips and so forth have become so ubiquitous that what passes for Mexican food outside of Mexico is a poor approximation of what the country's diverse regions actually have to offer.

Wednesday, January 5 2005

Pop is Porn

These days, it's possible to have a porn website on the computer screen and an MTV video on the telly, and lose one's ability to distinguish one from the other.

Forgive Me Father, For I Have Bought

Shopping within three European countries on a 'universal' credit card can prove to be most taxing to one's historical, not to mention monetary, tolerance. Damn the Irish, the French, and not least, the British!

Traveling the Public/Private Divide

Portable entertainment and communication technology has obliterated the distinction between public and private spaces, and the inconsiderateness that accompanies these devices is fast becoming the public status quo, which drives more people to tune out, hastening the spiral toward complete incivility.

Wednesday, December 29 2004

Growing Up With John Peel:  A Memoir

In John Peel I know that I (and many others) found a voice that championed the cultural margins and artistic mavericks; this voice, in turn, fostered a receptive sensibility with which to open-mindedly and open-heartedly appreciate marginal artists.

Goodbye, Lady in Black

Poole writes of the last Southern 500, Republicans in blue collars, and why it's still the economy, stupid.

Wednesday, December 22 2004

Let the Good Times Roll… Again

Up in the Pop Culture Attic, where all those wonderful things that get trampled by the new and exciting eventually end up, radio DJs worthy of their stuff pull out and dust off some '50s R&B for the holiday season and for the joie de vivre this music brings.

Wednesday, December 15 2004

Theo van Gogh: Words and Reform

Muslim women, the very subject of the film that resulted in van Gogh's murder, may ultimately be the force that invoke proactive change within Islam.

Moving Home: Two Transatlantic Tales

Warner converses with two reverse migration musicians, Preston Reed and Gabriel Minnikin, who have moved away from North America to live and work in more ancient lands.

Wednesday, December 8 2004

Sex, Lies and Videotape: the 2004 US Presidential Election

'Moral' Bush supporters unleashing their anti-gay bigotry; 'patriots' denigrating a veteran's wounds and combat service while supporting a draft dodger. With four more years of the Bush Administration to endure, we have to show these bullies that it is we, not they, who represent the best, compassionate impulses of American democracy.

Barack Obama, the Great Fill-in-the-Blank Hope

Everywhere Barack Obama went, people flocked to get a glimpse of the politician who stole their hearts with just one speech.

Wednesday, December 1 2004

Topping Corpus: On Sex and Life Across Cultures

A half century after Kinsey, Corpus' challenge is to take HIV/AIDS discourse back from medical abstraction, and reintroduce the intimate.

Radio Head? Ex-pirate Peel Abandons Ship

John Peel retained a fondness for music of all periods. The unearthing of undiscovered performers and undersung genres appeared to be his unceasing motivation.


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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