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Thursday, July 26 2012

Fear and Low Things in Aurora: The Dark Knight Also Rises

The story of Aurora, the real story of Aurora isn't the story of psychotic action. Jim Holmes will not inscribe himself into this. I will simply not allow it, and neither will you...


Thursday, July 12 2012

Flash Points: Making the Bus Monitor Cry, Frank Ocean’s Watershed Moment & Louie CK’s “Rape”

This week we critically examine the 'Make the Bus Monitor Cry' video, look at the watershed moment of Frank Ocean's coming out, and laugh with tears at the "rape" of Louie CK.


Monday, July 2 2012

The American Flag, Revisited

A July 4th photo essay, on seeing the American Flag in a different light.


Friday, June 22 2012

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Employing his trademark inquiry of emotions in American history, Peter Stearns asks why, if modern life has been generally characterized by measurable themes of progress, abundance, and improvement, are people not happier or more content with their lot in life?


Thursday, June 21 2012

Staring Death in the Face: ‘1 Lunatic 1 Icepick’ and ‘Dark Souls’

This week Flash Points looks at the role the internet played in the creation and distribution of 1 Lunatic 1 Icepick, arguably the world's first snuff movie. We also anticipate the release of Dark Souls for the PC, a game that is literally designed to kill you.


Sunday, June 10 2012

Keeping It Clean: An Interview with Comedian Jim Breuer

“Being clean is the new shock,” Jim Breuer tells PopMatters. “I feel like the last decade was the grunge era for comedians in America. I’m exhausted by it. When you’re paying money to come and see me, it’s my job to make you laugh. I’m not a revolutionary, I’m not going to change the world.”


Thursday, June 7 2012

Flash Points: Racial Profiling, Riot Porn and the Zombie Apocolypse

This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.


Wednesday, June 6 2012

Who Authenticates the Blogged Word? The Publishers or the Readers?

Is the publishing industry steering the reading masses towards blogs? Or is the groundswell in the blogger’s popularity amongst readers forcing publishers to take note?


Friday, June 1 2012

Flash Points: Holy Crap, Batman!

Welcome to the third edition of Flash Points. This week we look at the recently formed Internet Defense League and try to defend ourselves against another viral wedding video.


Thursday, May 24 2012

Flash Points: Chicks, Sluts and Facebook

This week Flash Points looks at the release of a controversial book sexually 'profiling' women, the slut shaming of Rihanna, and the poor showing of Facebook's IPO.


Thursday, May 17 2012

Flash Points: Mommy’s Breast, Marriage Equality and Why Chipotle Is King

Welcome to the first edition of Flash Points -- a new weekly feature that provides a critical overview of cultural trends and developments. This week: the controversial Time cover, the gay marriage debate and the annual CLIOs.


Monday, May 14 2012

20 Questions: Kate Bornstein

"I was a Scientologist for 12 years, which is a lot more embarrassing than saying Hi, I’m a transsexual SM dyke living with borderline personality disorder," Kate Bornstein tells PopMatters 20 Questions on the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.


Thursday, April 26 2012

The Sklar Brothers: The Hardest-Working Twins in Showbiz

In the time it took you to finish this sentence, Randy and Jason Sklar have already come up with 10 jokes about LeBron James.


Sunday, April 15 2012

If You Had Ears, You Could Not Ignore It: Mainstream Responses to Punk

When punk assailed pop in the late '70s, established artists faced a choice: respond with conviction or face irrelevance.


Wednesday, March 14 2012

Revisiting ‘The Bodyguard’: A Romantic Blockbuster for Adults

The legacy of the The Bodyguard, beyond the greatness of Whitney, the vision of Kasdan, and the wisdom of Costner, is that it's possible to please the public and produce profit on a massive scale by intelligently presenting the complexities of adult love.


Tuesday, February 28 2012

Bill Frisell on John Lennon: Talking About ‘All We Are Saying’

The unique jazz guitarist talks about All We Are Saying -- his recent cover album of 16 John Lennon tunes -- as well as how the Beatles changed his life, and how back in the day, owning an instrument meant you were automatically in a band.


Monday, February 20 2012

Man and Mega Man: Better Living Through Retro Game Demos on YouTube

Mega Man blipped back to his control center and I blipped too. I got pulled out of myself, out of my kitchen, and was thrust back into something wholly new yet remarkably the same. This is not the story of my decline. This is the story of how to make it through life without taking any damage.


Monday, February 13 2012

My Indie Is Not a Centerfold, Nor Is It Indie

What has come to be known as indie music cannot be recorded and released in places where people are absolutely independent. We need to start thinking -- really, seriously thinking -- about how something that is supposed to be inherently independent can be so dependent on so much else.


Monday, February 6 2012

Mitt Romney Can Reside at Today’s Proverbial ‘Downton Abbey’... Newt Gingrich Cannot

Downton Abbey reveals not only the play of chance that often confounds choice, but the power of social class to confine choice within established boundaries -- and we're comfortable with that.


Wednesday, February 1 2012

After Cease to Exist: The Far-from-Final Report of Throbbing Gristle

After a British government official declared them "Wreckers of Civilization", Throbbing Gristle understood their mission -- to destroy the Control society.


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