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Monday, October 21 2013

The Silence of Distortion: An Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and Peter Peter

PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.


Friday, October 18 2013

Pussy Riot and the Art of Political Pranks

Why has the West taken such interest in Pussy Riot? Would our reactions be so different if a similar incident occurred in one of our major cathedrals, synagogues, or mosques?


Friday, October 11 2013

Against Cult Cinema: Documentarian Didacticism and ‘The Animals Film’

The pacifism of The Animals Film renders it an anti-cult cult film, not merely a plea to cease animal cruelty, but a critique of the violent objectification cum commercialization of life itself.


Thursday, October 10 2013

Homesickness: Refugees and the Balm That Is Music

By reaffirming refugees' cultural identity while simultaneously offering inroads into their new home, music has helped a number of displaced peoples carve out a place of their own.


Wednesday, October 9 2013

‘The Great British Bake-Off’ and 21st Century Britishness

An unusually cheerful new cooking show is dominating the primetime conversation in the UK, but is patriotism the answer to successful TV?


Tuesday, September 24 2013

Waiting to Be Heard: On Being Deaf and Gay

Scant research has been done on those individuals who are both LGBT and deaf. This is surprising, considering what my sister, an interpreter for the deaf, has told me: "You'd be surprised how many deaf people are gay."


Wednesday, September 18 2013

In Defense Of ... The Influence of ‘Difficult Men’

Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.


Tuesday, September 17 2013

Is Miley Cyrus a Master of Social Media?

With each tweet, photo upload, and "twerk" video, Miley Cyrus artfully crafts her star image, always maintaining our interest in how she presents herself.


Tuesday, September 10 2013

Internet Saved the Radio Star: The Rise of Podcast Drama

Welcome to Night Vale, the news show from a town that doesn't exist, has quickly and unexpectedly become America's favourite podcast. As the next stage in audio fiction's evolution takes shape, it also confirms the curious, enduring appeal of stories on the radio.


Monday, August 26 2013

How to Make Political Pop Without Trying

"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.


Sunday, August 25 2013

What Happens When Hollywood Film Production Meets Social Media?

For the first time in cinema history, Hollywood has enabled social media users to contribute to the artistic properties of films, thereby earning them co-authorship… of sorts.


Monday, August 19 2013

A Man of Steel That Sinks Like Lead

Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.


Sunday, July 28 2013

Latin Music Is American Music

For more than a century, immigrants—particularly those from Latin America—have helped forge the cultural identity of the United States. In so doing they've spiced up America's food and thankfully, its music, too.


Thursday, July 25 2013

Undeclared Republics: Scotland’s Artistic Independence

As the campaign for national liberation progresses and evolves, new visions of a reborn Scotland have proven as much artistic as they are political. What role do Scottish artists play in their nation's destiny?


Thursday, July 18 2013

Climbing Out of the Transhuman Stew Pot, or, Why I’m Not a Singularitarian

The big trend in apocalyptic thinking is now computer based, and it’s strangely not even billed as apocalyptic. It’s known as the Singularity, a point in the near future when computers become more intelligent than people -- and they absorb us.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

America’s LGBT and Straight Game Changers

These LGBT "game changers" are moving us all forward, into a world where sexual orientation is no longer the characteristic by which we solely define people.


Monday, July 15 2013

How to Best Handle Controversial, Racially-Charged Art? Talk It Up, or Shut It Down?

If Disney's Song of the South is as innocuous as its adherents claim, they need to think long and hard about why it’s out of official circulation.


Wednesday, July 10 2013

Ideas on the Ephemeral in Live Electronic Music

We take a look at how improvisatory genres such as jazz have embraced the one-off performance and how live electronic musicians can incorporate more ephemeral elements.


Sunday, June 30 2013

Country Music Ain’t Black & White: ‘Hidden in the Mix’

These explorations of the African-American presence in country music are welcome at a time when country music is treated, by insiders and outsiders, as a purely white genre, and exceptions to that are treated as aberrations, gimmicks or novelty songs.


Thursday, June 27 2013

Why Radio Still Matters

The key to radio’s survival is to embrace streaming, social media, and other means of establishing a global identity – all while maintaining a presence in your back yard.


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