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Teens Don’t Use Twitter (and Why Should They?)

Star intern Matthew Robson’s report on teen Internet use has one key takeaway: for teens, the Internet is fun, and that might be all that it is.

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26 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 1: Life Support

These are the supporting turns that are ineradicable. Without these scene-stealers holding it all together on the sidelines, the leads of their respective films would be totally lost.

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You are Living in the Golden Years of Cinema

Excellent movies are so thick on the ground that we're tripping on them – but never have so many delivered so much to such an ungrateful lot.

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Scratching the Surface: Your Brain on the Internet

What does the ubiquitous availability of digital text mean for the human brain as it processes ever-increasing amounts of information?

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The Cultural Logic of Computation

Far from being the great liberator, computers, Golumbia insists, actually serve to fix us in the grid of global capitalism while concentrating power and shifting it upward to those who control the networks we are enmeshed in.

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The Demise of Vibe Magazine and the Future of Criticism

With diminishing places for thoughtful criticism, black cultural critics exist as little more than commentators on the Obama White House. Blackness has been reduced to a news cycle.

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Hipster Hatred Knows No Bounds

Our new columnist and satirist Michael Brett, an 'old', curmudgeonly rock guy, recalls when he first noticed the proto-hipster. It was the Weezer show at the Aragon in 1994

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Dan Auerbach: In Search of the Authentic Sound

Dan Auerbach tells PopMatters: “Of course I want my albums to be successful, but ultimately I don’t care too much what anyone thinks ... I’m going to sound this way, no matter what.”

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Jennifer Lee: The Bay Area Diana Krall

Jennifer Lee is not the typical, seductive jazz singer in a little black dress, holding a martini and giving you a late night wink. But she is a heck of a singer and musician, and she's ready to be heard.

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20 Questions: Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of killer crime fiction and award-winning author of young readers’ books, rather fancies himself a bit like George Clooney and Harold, of Harold and His Purple Crayon -- sans the blanket, of course.

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21 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Hail to the Thief, Again?

Thom Yorke’s thoughts about political power are in good company. Great theorists of power and justice agree: “you do it to yourself”.

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John Updike: The Final Ornament

Ever the completist, John Updike had managed to finish his life-long project of drawing and connecting the things of his world. A kind of psychic recycler, he never let anything go to waste.

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I Saw You: Comics, the Internet, and Everyday Life

In this Iconographies feature, I Saw You will be used as a spring-board to understanding how the internet might be examined and made sense of through comics.

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“Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs”: An Interview with Otis Taylor

The critically acclaimed bluesman talks to PopMatters about his musical path, bringing the banjo back to its roots in black music, and his new album Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs that marks his return to the guitar.

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In the Wrestling Ring with Ric Flair, Where ‘Evil is the Natural Climate’

Ric Flair epitomizes Roland Barthes' 'perfect bastard', adopting a cowardly and devious state of jerkdom, elevating his coarse existence into some quasi-mythological state of being.

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It Ain’t Hard to Tell: The Legacy of ‘Illmatic’

The "half-man, half-amazin'", Nas' persona is part myth and part "everyday kid" from the Queensbridge projects.

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Sex in the U.S.A.: Male Sexuality in Springsteen’s American Dream

Born in the U.S.A. turns 25 this year. Hohman looks at how Bruce Springsteen stresses male sexuality as imperative to the American Dream on the seminal album, but asks, where does that leave the women?

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The Audacity of Certain Black Ballers

The distance we’ve come from Jackie Robinson hawking Chock Full o’Nuts coffee in the ‘50s, and black A-list jocks hawking virtually anything under the sun today, is astounding.

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An Unlikely Candidate for Influence: ‘Naked Lunch’ at 50 Years Young

William S. Burroughs changed the way writers would think of honesty in literature, achieving the mark of true greatness in 20th century literature by releasing the last banned book in the United States.

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Re-Inventing the Deal: An Interview with Michelle Shocked

Corporate battles, homelessness, and forgiveness are routine to this "indelible" woman.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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