Sunday, January 17 2010
You won't spot a castle or a moat or even an oversized ego in this town, as it's the work that counts in this port city. High-quality substance is valued over prima donna celebrity, as we discover from the premiere of Richard Wagner's Siegfried.
Monday, January 4 2010
The green movement is boring. Should environmentalism become less empirical and more emotional?
Thursday, December 3 2009
At best, the cassette revival is merely a vacuous fad of no genuine value; but at worst, it's a confused, regressive cultural misstep more dangerous than most would care to admit.
Thursday, November 5 2009
These five films from the golden-era of the legendary Nikkatsu studio shows off the never-ending ways Japanese filmmakers were able to combine the best elements of pulp and epic Japanese storytelling.
Thursday, October 29 2009
Despite the efforts of some to dismiss it as a prank, Antichrist is a serious film and its disturbing extremes speak of broad and deeply felt moral, social, and ultimately, political anxieties.
Sunday, October 25 2009
Natalie Portman popped headphones onto Zach Braff's head and said, "This song will change your life." The resulting sound was not only that of carefully composed dullness, but of a million wealthy white kids investing in dull acoustic music to soundtrack their own romantic melodrama.
Thursday, October 22 2009
Prevailing wisdom is a funny thing, and the sense that people don’t have the time or patience to work through a complicated work of journalism has taken hold among many of the people and institutions that used to win awards for it.
This is my story of how the new media world impacted my life, as a rural Victorian with a big dream. How it changed, and continues to change, my everyday life. How it made me a writer, gave me the confidence to undertake post graduate study, how it gave me the edge I needed to get the job I now utterly love.
Sunday, October 18 2009
Pop matters because it is a reflection of how we collectively assign meaning and develop cultural responses to that meaning. Magazines like PopMatters give voice to those meanings and explore the natures of those cultural responses, allowing us all to share in them, and we open the doors for all who have the talent to express those ideas.
Answer: it matters more now than it ever has before, as there is simply so much out there that it’s nearly impossible for one man, one publication, or one conglomorate to cover it all.
Wednesday, September 16 2009
Princess Tiana could get Disney out of the race-relations doghouse, but only if they’re true to their vision.
Tuesday, September 15 2009
Haines fled to South America, Metric scrapped their new songs, and everyone realized their well-considered Fantasies.
Monday, September 14 2009
Traditional and often sensational coverage of China is only a partial interpretation: the people themselves are being lost in the translation.
Wednesday, September 2 2009
In a NYC grocery store, Verstehen finds its late-capitalist venue, as we the consumers get consumed by reflections on the allure of passing patrons, of fashion trends, of social customs and taboos.
Sunday, August 30 2009
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's lasting success tells us that demographic targeting is a complex process that requires both fan participation and forms of merchandising that literally allow everything to be for sale.
Sunday, August 16 2009
It's the enticing performances of the smaller acts -- and not the explosions of the big ones -- that made Woodstock such a singular event.
Thursday, August 6 2009
The Daily Show is an intellectual respite from the self-aggrandizing sensationalism of traditional news sources, and as such, one can’t help but cringe a little at the idea that it, too, may have begun to take itself a bit too seriously.
Thursday, July 23 2009
What does the ubiquitous availability of digital text mean for the human brain as it processes ever-increasing amounts of information?
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.
Sunday, July 12 2009
Shane MacGowan's awareness and adaptation of trends in the literary world, along with the narrative quality and structural experimentation of his work, should cement his status as both a musical and literary figure.