Wednesday, June 1 2005

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Taghizadeh defends Al Jazeera, the best source for news from and for the Arab world.

Tuesday, May 31 2005

Tony Blair’s Tenuous Trifecta

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

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 1

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.

Everything I Need to Know About Being Black I Learned From Kenny Rogers

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

U2’s Dance With Duende

Life rocks, says Kootnikoff. Let it — and U2 — shake you, baby!

Wednesday, May 25 2005

Token White Guy

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

The Joy of Sax, Part I

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

We Can Meet Heroes

Hero worship and chance encounters can pay dividends... but you'd best know the Clash from the Pistols.

Friday, May 20 2005

Discovery: Hollywood!

A guided tour of one of America's most protected habitats for endangering species.

Thursday, May 19 2005

Beware What Americans Are Not Reading

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

Where AIDS Takes Away Your Name

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

In Search of My Mother’s Style

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.

Thursday, May 12 2005

One Diaspora Under a Groove

At an African concert set in Philadelphia, Reynolds experienced the rare feeling of being a distinct minority in a virtually all-black setting in America. He considers the divide between Africans in America, and African-Americans.

Wednesday, May 11 2005

When the Bulbs Flicker in the City of Lights

There was a time when a simple trip cross the English Channel would place your social status in the ascendancy, much like serving in the colonies in the 19th century. But nowadays in Paris, try finding an affordable broom cupboard of one's own.

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.

//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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