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Tuesday, July 7 2009

Michael Jackson and the Death of Monoculture

With Jackson's death, we must also say goodbye to the era when an individual pop star had the power to saturate and unite.


Tuesday, June 16 2009

The Power of Story in the Digital Age

In an age where Twitter and Google seem to be taking over the world, how do people communicate information in a meaningful and memorable manner? They tell a story.


Monday, June 15 2009

Screaming In Digital: The New Media Generation’s Inner War

Both Twitter and Facebook are attempts to inject organic humanity into the cold, artificial realm of networking technologies -- our humanity cannot survive the conversion process.


Thursday, June 11 2009

Love Your Big Brother: What Orwell’s ‘1984’ Tells Us About 2009

George Orwell’s seminal book can equip its readers with the intellectual apparatus necessary to see through the routine mendacity and stupefying barrage of euphemism that plagues contemporary political life.


Sunday, June 7 2009

YouTube’s Budget Travel Through Space & Time – Yours & Mine

I was momentarily freaked out that I was stuck in the afterglow of The Summer of Love for so long, but I trusted it, went with the synaptic flow, and discovered YouTube’s true power.


24 Tweets

Having to bop back & forth between Facebook & MySpace & Plaxo & Blogger & Skype & Twitter is just too fucking much & I’m wading thru all thi[0!]


Thursday, May 28 2009

The Future is an Empty Room

As digital technology consolidates its conquest of the known universe, emptying our living spaces and assimilating our lives, all that will be left in our future is space. Lots and lots of empty space.


Sunday, May 17 2009

The Death of the Second Folk Revival

If the Second Folk Revival put the power of recording into the hands of the artists, what’s been happening these past five years or so has put that power into the hands of everyone: cell phones that record video, ProTools and Cakewalk, Movie Maker and MySpace.


Tuesday, May 12 2009

How It Could Be Different: An Interview with Sarah Katherine Lewis

The sex worker turned memoir author and columnist discusses the egalitarian nature of the sex industry, the devaluation of the body, and why you should just go ahead and eat that bacon if you want it.


Sunday, April 19 2009

Full Circle: Béla Fleck, Paul Simon & America’s Return to the World Community

Béla Fleck didn't ask to be the Avatar of the New American Culture (avatars never do). He happened to be in the right place at the right time with a banjo and a digital recorder. The remaining dots are ours to connect, and we've begun to connect them.


Thursday, April 16 2009

On Evas and Angels: Postmodern Fantasy Devotion to Neon Genesis Evangelion

More than a decade after its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as a cultural icon in Japan. Understanding how it made such a lasting impact gives us a window onto Japanese social history and fandom.


Sunday, April 12 2009

India Shining?: America’s Indian Moment

Perhaps Slumdog Millionaire is an elaborate, cinematic version of Bobby Jindal. Perhaps Western audiences have so deeply appreciated Boyle's film because it subtly reiterates a symbolic order that is as familiar as colonial conquest.


Wednesday, April 1 2009

Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Identity

As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.


Tuesday, March 17 2009

Does Video Game Criticism Need a Pauline Kael?

Kael, much like video game critics today, was faced with a massive philosophical shift in her chosen artistic medium that large quantities of critics were against.


Monday, March 9 2009

The Devout and the Dirrty: Consumer Choices in Bewildered Times

Throughout the centuries philosophers and religious thinkers have encouraged women to feel grateful for their subordination. It’s only against the red light of ‘Dirrtiness’ that the chastity movement could ever have struck us as fresh.


Thursday, February 26 2009

Beautiful Agony: The New Naked

Erotica website Beautiful Agony continues to revolutionize how both men and women approach sex and intimacy by revealing individual facial expressions of real, vulnerable human beings orgasming.


Thursday, February 12 2009

State of the Slasher Address 2: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Stephen Graham Jones revisits the slasher film genre in the wake of My Bloody Valentine 3D to show how we may just be on the verge of another slasher renaissance.


Wednesday, February 4 2009

Stuff White People Like: A Theory of the Liberal Leisure Class

"Look at our generation … Stuff is all we have … It's not a display of wealth. It's about a display of authenticity and taste."


Thursday, January 29 2009

Killing for Coal: An Interview with Thomas G. Andrews

Andrews' book distinguishes itself from conventional labor histories by going beyond sociological factors to look at the total physical environment and the role it played in the lives of both labor and management, and how it would lead to the Ludlow Massacre of 1914.


Monday, December 15 2008

Bettie Page, Dead Since 1957

What might be remembered of the life of a woman who was long ago replaced by her own representation?


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