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Tuesday, September 27 2011

Class Conflict: Hollywood’s View of the Black College Student

These eight films portray a variety of storylines, but the “black college student” movie has not come close to fulfilling its potential.


Tuesday, September 13 2011

Tainted Pasts: Pornography in ‘Meet Monica Velour’ and ‘The Girl Next Door’

Meet Monica Velour and The Girl Next Door demonstrate that mainstream representations of pornography, even in a society in which sex proliferates, are still surprisingly one-sided and inconsistent with counter-narratives offered by industry insiders themselves.


Thursday, September 8 2011

Connect the Dots: Transgender Narratives in Pop Culture

Transgender representation in modern film, television, and literature blurs the lines of gender, class, race and sexuality, which is precisely why trans narratives are still considered dangerous.


Thursday, September 1 2011

Humor vs. Religion: An Unholy War, Part One

Even within the US, where democracy and political openness have fostered a rich tradition of rebellious humor, stains still linger from those periods when “God-is-on-our-side” attitudes swept the nation into a mass hysteria of obedience and fear.


Monday, August 29 2011

Your Brain in the Voting Booth

President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.


Sunday, August 28 2011

On Costumes, Video Games, and the Art of Pretending

A little nostalgia goes a long way. Sometimes, you get so lost in looking at a thing that you forget that it's not real. Or at least, you want to forget that it's not real.


Tuesday, August 16 2011

Lesbian Musicians These Days: More than Just Women with Guitars

In its July issue, Curve features a list of "101 Essential Musicians", admitting that the list doesn't "do justice" to a majority of the lesbian artists working today. We'll help Curve fill out that list, here.


Weighing In: Fitness Films and Ordinary People

When fitness celebrities turn fat folks into fitness celebrities in their own image, self-preservation and betterment are eclipsed by the value of self-promotion. Remember the subjects undergoing these life-changing metamorphoses are “real” people.


Thursday, July 28 2011

Robot Dreams: ‘Transformers’ and ‘Sex Kittens Go to College’

Retro Remote nominates Sex Kittens Go to College as Transformers' true precursor. The problem with Tranformers-type franchises is that the criticisms can only annoy people by reminding them of what they have chosen to ignore.


Thursday, July 14 2011

All Hail the Queens

The flamboyant queen is the black sheep of the LGBT 'family'. Cross the line into full drag, and the family declares you to be fabulous; just be a bit swishy with a propensity to wear scarves and a touch of make-up, and you're open game for ridicule, ostracism, and violence.


Tuesday, July 12 2011

Call Me Uncontrollable: Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England

A Conversation with Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England about punk attitudes, Deaf identities, and Muslim treatment in post 9-11 America.


Monday, July 11 2011

Digital Archeology: Digging Deep Into the Archives of Ancient Internet History

Imagine an old issue of Wired magazine, a monstrous cellphone (I think they were called “car phones” at that time), and a beat up Game Boy. Now, imagine the Internet, as it was, beside such artifacts.


Sunday, July 10 2011

Techno’s Labor Force, Rock’s Betrayal, and the Birth of the Fascist Groove Thing

Electronic music has always maintained an ambivalent attitude towards labor, at once rejecting the notion of wage internment and creative inhibition while embracing the beauty of the cyborgian mechanics of the factory and the allure of discipline and dominance.


Friday, July 1 2011

Art and the American Evolution: The Arts of the Americas Wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

In America, art tells the story of an early predominance of classical European ideals, the emergence of a national identity amidst civil war, and the melting-pot existentialism that dominated a media-obsessed 20th century.


Tuesday, June 21 2011

Football Humor, Like the Game Itself, Is about Attack, Defense, and then Counter-Attack

No city in England “enjoys” such an entrenched, venomous, and savage sports rivalry as Manchester does with City and United. It's no wonder that a recent survey found Manchester to be the “rudest city in the world”.


So You Think You Can Govern? The Much-Needed Political Equivalent of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

What reality television has done for prime time programming it can also do for presidential politics.


Monday, June 20 2011

In Praise of Silliness

They say you gotta laugh to keep from crying. A simple dose of pure silliness taken on a regular basis is much needed, these days.


Friday, June 17 2011

Zombies, Like Punks, Have Been Sedated & Sold, Prepackaged As Pitiful Empty Signifiers

Dr. Logan of Day of the Dead says that zombies can be domesticated and conditioned to behave – that’s exactly what some parents of punks believe, too.


Tuesday, June 14 2011

Did Tennessee Williams See Bugs Bunny Kiss Elmer Fudd?

It may seem a stretch to connect the work of Tennessee Williams with that of a slapstick cartoon character, but both pushed sexual boundaries and allowed viewers to consider sexuality outside of the conventional heteronormative values prevalent under the restrictive Hayes Code.


Monday, June 13 2011

The Changing Nature of the Nature of Art

As artists have become less concerned with telling stories and more concerned with creating emotional connections and mimicking experiences, art has shifted from creating beauty to expressing the heady nature of 'truth'.


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