Tuesday, October 7 2003

Patriots, Terrorists, and Liberty’s Future

Politics and Culture/East and West -- Americans are torn between the conflicting demands of liberty and security.

Ready, Steady, Goth

Just as the sounds on the dance floor borrow from Detroit and Trenchtown, Bombay and Cape Town, so those who groove to them take their sartorial vision, their individual style, from something closer to multiculture than subculture.

Wednesday, October 1 2003

Talkin’ ‘Bout an Evolution

With their vibrant colours and cacophonous noises, video games constantly seek to insist on their primacy as agents of the Digital Moment. They get better all the time. Don't they?

Warning: You’ve Been Flash Mobbed!

The Dadaists were doing this in Zurich in 1916 . . .

Morality as Collateral Damage

The universal imperative 'thou shall not kill (another human being)' is easily over-ruled by the moral obligation to kill for one's country. The imperative 'though shall not steal' is superseded by one's moral obligation to spy for one's nation.

Wednesday, September 24 2003


It wasn't until I disembarked in Narita, with my bottle of French brandy and Eiffel Tower mug and Polish soccer scarf and amber bracelet from the darkest Slavic forests, that I reentered the world of the living.

Tuesday, September 23 2003

On Film Stars, Politicians, and Gods

Sometimes, when reality gets too unreal, you have to let unreality become real.

Wednesday, September 17 2003

Profit America

We have a government run by people whose only goal is to enrich corporate profits, and we're paying the price; with our jobs, our health care, our international credibility, and our future.

Tooting Her Horn

She was tempestuous, gluttonous, selfish and vulnerable: everything that an artist as genius is supposed to be.

Thursday, September 11 2003

Laughing Matters?

Have we maybe now entered that post-modern world where sophisticated audiences can 'read' the levels of a joke without being corrupted by the main text?

Thursday, September 4 2003

A Missive From the Front Lines of Fandom

Fans are forming their own entertainment subcultures, creating their own distinct meanings, and, to steal a phrase from the IWW, creating a 'new society within the shell of the old.'

The Folly of Parenthood

Many (children) continue to live with their parents into their thirties and consume the family's savings in college tuition, sumptuous weddings, expensive divorces, and parasitic habits.

Wednesday, August 27 2003

Making Prime Time Perfectly Queer

The charm and fashion sense of the Fab Five also eludes some members and/or advocates of the gay community.

Help Her, She’s Melting

The truth is, Lara doesn't know who she is anymore, and neither does anyone else. Is she a film star, a role model, a video game avatar or all three?

Wednesday, August 20 2003

Dancing with Nothing but Heart

Through their performance art they have dealt with the legislation of sodomy, addressed the smoking of marijuana, contemplated being trained to behave in the world by learning the 'tricks' that society expects, and confronted homophobia and anti-Semitism.

1-800-Call-Center: India as the World’s Receptionist

Many Indians are now merely perceived as better equipped to serve Western companies.

SMAP: The Story of Everything

It wouldn't be far-fetched to venture that SMAP is a cultural institution, a cottage industry, and a magical commodity that works tirelessly to beget more commodities.

Thursday, August 14 2003

Cleveland Heights, A City of Culture and Contrasts

. . . in the midst of difference -- wealth and education here, poverty and despair just over there -- Americans retain an essential respect for the symbols of the city, the physical pillars of the nation.

Thursday, August 7 2003

The CEO-In-Chief

George W. Bush brought his CEO ethic to the White House. And that's the problem.


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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