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Tuesday, July 21 2015

When Do Misogynistic Lyrics Become Hate Speech?

Hip-hop, free speech and misogyny at North by Northeast.

Wednesday, July 8 2015

Afropunk Is Officially a Brand and That’s a Good Thing

There is a large community of alt-black folks out there, and Afropunk has given them a big tent to party under.

Monday, June 8 2015

A Nightly Ritual: Bob Dylan’s Never-Changing Set List

Bob Dylan's current show is a book musical without the book, crafted by the American Shakespeare.

Monday, January 19 2015

The 2015 Grammys Get Jazz Mostly Wrong, a Little Right

Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.

Monday, November 10 2014

The GeekGirlCon Effect

GeekGirlCon may not be a "comic-con", but it has helped to bring about positive change in comics culture.

Thursday, October 30 2014

Fear, Inc.: Beyond the Shadows of the American Haunt Industry

Haunted houses. Extreme haunts. Big scares. Big money. Maybe even big health benefits (when used with caution, of course). Step inside, if you dare.

Monday, October 13 2014

Neither Here Nor There: ‘The Institute’, the Game, and the Thread to Elsewhere

The trend in alternate reality gaming fits a traditional definition of hyperreality; the condition where fiction and the real become indistinguishably blended together.

Friday, September 12 2014

The Guggenheim’s Latin American Survey Reveals Something New Under the Sun

Categorizing the world we live in may be one of the most primal of human appetites.This exhibit challenges how we do that.

Friday, May 16 2014

In Defense of Live Performances That Make the Audience Feel Alive

Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?

Monday, November 11 2013

Geek Girl Con 2013 Synthesized Pop Culture, Science, Technology, and Critical Inquiry

I can't think of another gathering of academics, practitioners, and fans that places comics alongside not just other pop media, but also science, math, and technology.

Wednesday, June 26 2013

In Defense of the Postal Service Reunion

Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release.

Wednesday, April 3 2013

A Cirque Du Soleil Performance in Hollywood Evokes Memories of the Circus of Hollywood

What do Dracula, The Pink Panther, Rocky Horror, The Exorcist, Thomas Edison and Danny Elfman have to do with Cirque Du Soleil? The Next Reel explores the 'Two Billion Nickelodeon'.

Monday, March 18 2013

In Defense of Going to South By Southwest

Four days, six stories, one column, dozens of tweets and nearly 10,000 words later, I'm still wondering how we define success at SXSW.

Tuesday, November 27 2012

Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

Monday, November 19 2012

Color Television: What Diversity Looks Like in America Today

The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.

Monday, September 17 2012

The Way You Do The Things You Do: Sex Education and Smokey Robinson

In his golden years, Smokey Robinson is more convincingly and excitingly sexual and sensual than nearly every young performer who will join the parade of sensationalistic imagery on the MTV VMA awards.

Monday, September 3 2012

The Major Comics Publishers Skipped Geek Girl Again, But Is That Such a Bad Thing?

In my review of last year's convention I made the case for Marvel and DC to be in attendance. After attending this year's convention, I think a case could also be made for the major publishers to stay away.

Sunday, June 17 2012

E3 2012: The Crowd, the Blood, The Screen

Pay attention to the rumblings of E3 2012 and you'll hear what may be a series of forthcoming storms.

Monday, December 12 2011

A Slice of Berlin in Los Angeles

Time takes away the meaning of an object. But then again, it also imbues an object, such as fragments of the Berlin Wall, with another.

Monday, October 10 2011

One Weekend, Thirty Geeks, Five Projects: ‘Hacking’ for a Good Cause

How a group of people hacked in to start-up culture to change the world.

//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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