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Piercing the Shell of Portland’s Hype

As America’s pop culture boomtown, Portland may be held hostage to its own ever-expanding clichés. Or not.

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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.

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Lost In Translation, or, Why ‘The Hangover’ Can’t Just Be ‘The Hangover’

Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.

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The American Flag, Revisited

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

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Twitter and the Borscht Belt Connection

140 characters? Sounds like my sister's wedding reception!

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The Mute Generation: How Gen-X Lost Its Voice

The whole “voice of a generation” concept is pretty ridiculous to begin with, but in the case of my cohort, the so-called Generation X, it’s downright laughable.

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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?

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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.

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Post-Black, Post-Racial… Post-Trayvon

The sense that a cohesion of group identity was no longer a defining factor of black life had taken a firm hold in America. Then Trayvon Martin was killed.

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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.”

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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.

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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?

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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.

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No Contract for Old Men: 5 ‘Old Folks’ in Pop Culture That Are 5Xs Tougher Than You

It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shemekia Copeland and Ronnie Baker Brooks Take a Class

Copeland and Brooks infected my classroom with the ‘existential freedom’ that allows each person to stare into the darkness, yet somehow and someway, find the words, the voice, and the courage to sing a sweet song. That is, they gave us all the blues.

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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.

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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.

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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