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Wednesday, February 11 2009

Beyond the Bubble of the Grammys

The Grammys suffer from the same problem as the rest of the recording industry: thinking America defines culture.


Sunday, February 8 2009

Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?


Thursday, January 15 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: All Eyes East

Slumdog Millionaire's Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture/Drama is like a flare warning Hollywood about its future in cinema.


Tuesday, January 13 2009

TV Egos Unbound

The small screen is no longer for small personalities or those without ambition or washed up has-beens.


Monday, January 12 2009

Three Icons and the Worlds They Left Behind

Miriam Makeba, Odetta and Eartha Kitt both fully represented and completely transcended their moments in time


Monday, December 8 2008

CMAs and the End of Genre or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kid Rock

This year's CMA winners point to a future where the only thing necessary to be classified as country is a desire to join in and sing.


Monday, November 17 2008

Hip-Haute Couture

Although "hip-hop" means different things to different people, everyone seems to be confident that they know what "it" is. Through this subjective lens, there is also a unique brand of investment and ownership in the meaning of "hip-hop".


Monday, November 10 2008

You’re Gonna Get a Lot More Girl Talk

Even though the presidential and vice-presidential candidates didn't win the posts they were gunning for, Americans have a lot of women winners, this election.


Thursday, October 30 2008

Robot Roll Call: Mystery Science Theater 3000

The 20th anniversary DVD release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is less a greatest-hits package than a reminder of simple joys, like mocking lousy movies.


Tuesday, September 2 2008

Galaxy Rangers: No Guts, No Glory, No Clue

Having missed out on the show in its '80s heyday, a hapless Monte Williams shares his thoughts during his baffled first look at The Galaxy Rangers.


Monday, August 18 2008

Me, Myself & BBCi: Who’s Watching Whom

The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.


Tuesday, July 15 2008

George W. and J. Peterman, Philosophically Speaking

It takes guts to look squarely at the paradox of subjectivity, as former White House press secretary Scott McClellan can attest.


Thursday, June 12 2008

The Incredible Hulk: Madly in Anger with You

With The Incredible Hulk ripping through movie screens in mind, Williams hunkers down on the couch with two silly, strangely stirring seasons of the TV show.


Wednesday, June 4 2008

Yes We Can Can

The recent "censure" of The Boondocks demonstrates the difficulty art faces in raising a critical converation in a corporate setting. Considering hip-hop's deep embedding into corporate culture, how can radical change happen?


Sunday, April 6 2008

Nuke the Kiss

For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter.


Monday, March 24 2008

TV Commercials: the New, Nonstop Playlist

TV commercials have become a legitimate source for discovering new music -- from Wilco on the Volkswagen ads, to Cat Power hawking DeBeers diamonds, to any number of artists pimping Apple.


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