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Wednesday, April 7 2004

We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off

The abstinence education movement, by and large, fails to save young people from the perils of sex, but it may be more successful in 'saving' them in a different way, writes Sawyer, 'A cursory glance at some of the people who receive some of that $270 million that the President has set aside for abstinence education lends further credence to the notion that abstinence education is just one of many methods fundamentalist Christians have for getting God in through the doggie door when straight-up knocking won't work.'


It’s the Stupidity, Stupid

If we're lucky, the investigation into 9/11 will uncover a President who understood terror warnings and covered them up, rather than a President who was intellectually incapable of grasping overt national security threats.


15 Minutes of Less-Than Perfect, or Romantic, Fame

Eerily mirroring the Internet's romance boom in the '90s, which saw the whopping rise of users flocking to matchmaking and personals websites, television has now cashed in on the demand-for-romance phenomenon by stepping in as matchmaker extraordinaire... with, more often than not, painful results.


Wednesday, March 31 2004

Speaking Through an Interpreter

Pieter-Dirk Uys and his Mbeki puppet poke South African leadership in its tender spots.


Can Pop Last Forever?

Is pop as ephemeral as a cherry blossom... like youth, so quick to burst with beauty and excitement, so quick to fade? Or is it a perpetually regenerating force, like the magnificent and tenacious sakura that hosts the blossom?


Another Brick in the Wall

Culture clash is a healthy thing. 'Consider a vacation in a potential war zone,' writes Fowler, 'you'll be helping the local economy and we'll be glad to see you.'


No Sikth Please, We’re British

What happens when high culture meets low, high art meets popular, establishment meets street, funded meets fundless? At Fuse, it's a culture clash.


Wednesday, March 24 2004

Virtual Reality

Mainstream (and some non-mainstream) games' re-articulation of the dominant perspectives regarding the War On Terror makes it all the more important that there are alternative games attempting to subvert this process . . . If you can become a Palestinian, Israeli, Spanish or Iraqi civilian, adopt the role of an American GI or British squaddie, if you can assume the role of a general or president, you might understand better the world in which you live.


The Encroachment of the Public

As privacy fades, so do intimacy, personal safety, and self-esteem (mental health) and with them social cohesion.


Wednesday, March 10 2004

Married Gay Martians on Steroids

The always-predictable Republican campaign strategists know that even during a time of war and economic distress, there's nothing like a little gay bashing to divide the country.


Is Women’s Work Finally Done?

Britain is nonetheless witnessing the steady rise of a collection of youthful female challengers who might just catch the attention of American ears before the year is out.


Monday, March 1 2004

Queering the Mic

A hardcore advocate of free speech, Sawyer gives a close listen to hip-hop's homophobic spittin'.


What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?

In a game, someone triumphs and somebody or something loses: we laugh with good reason at the absurdity of the Caucus-race in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland when the Dodo concludes that, 'Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.'


The Iowa Caucuses: American Democracy’s Naked Emperor

Politics and Culture/East and West -- The Iowa caucuses disenfranchise a person who, despite being politically active, would prefer to act -- that is 'vote'.


Wednesday, February 11 2004

Wickets and Missiles

The cultural flexibility for which South Asian cricket stands... is what will ultimately turn away the dark forces of the war-mongering, chauvinist nationalists.


The Case of the Disappearing Patient

Bloodwork -- As an 'empowered' medical consumer, your life depends on choosing the proper drug. Do you want to make the decision based on which of the Norman Rockwell images rendered in television advertisements is most appealing?


The Pathology of Love

Behavior changes are reminiscent of psychosis and, biochemically speaking, passionate love closely imitates substance abuse.


Wednesday, February 4 2004

G. Walker Bush, Texas Ranger

Disregard the 'windshield cowboy's' twangy tough talk, and remember the disturbing realities being perpetrated by the guy who's really in charge.


Reign of Doom: Iran’s Revolution Turns 25

25 years later, the Revolution in Iran still reverberates; sending shockwaves through the bones of the exiled.


Wednesday, January 28 2004

History 101

If the world continues heading in the disastrous direction it's adopted since the turn of the millennium, video game renderings of key world cities may be all our descendants have to go on as a guide to the recent past.


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