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What Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ Got Right About Music Streaming

What Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ Got Right About Music Streaming

Wilco’s net-streaming experiment with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was part of the utopian promise for technology’s future, and it worked.

Gol o Bolbol Go Viral: Iranian Protest Songs in the Age of Social Media

Gol o Bolbol Go Viral: Iranian Protest Songs in the Age of Social Media

Iranian protest songs like “Soltane Ghalbha”, which lyrically invoke “structures of feeling” connected to the loss and grief of a loved one, achieve an encoded additional layer of resistance when paired with the specific images and stories of lost young Iranians.

‘Tokens’ Pays Attention to the Moneyish Side of Things

‘Tokens’ Pays Attention to the Moneyish Side of Things

Tokens is about all those things that are moneyish—monetary-like exchanges that are tracked and programmable, shady and social, hard coded and beyond borders.

People Like This? Metallica’s Crossover Contribution to Reaction Videos

People Like This? Metallica’s Crossover Contribution to Reaction Videos

Watching Chris&RheasiaTv’s reaction video to Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” illustrates the power of these crossover connections.

Only the Surveilling Technology Is New ‘The Listeners’ Contends

Only the Surveilling Technology Is New ‘The Listeners’ Contends

In The Listeners, scholar Brian Hochman narrates a history of surveillance in the United States by means of technological cunning up to 2001.

You Better Be Quick When It’s Time to BeReal

You Better Be Quick When It’s Time to BeReal

Although most social media sites are marked by abundance and expansiveness, BeReal operates on scarcity. Its gamification lies in the almighty two-minute window.

The Russo-Ukraine War Is a Mediated War – Not Just a War on the Media

The Russo-Ukraine War Is a Mediated War – Not Just a War on the Media

How the Russo-Ukraine War generated a media dimension of its own and how it linked the myths of the past century to the challenges of our own.

Horror Film ‘The Empty Man’ Unmasks Internet Age Nihilism

Horror Film ‘The Empty Man’ Unmasks Internet Age Nihilism

David Prior’s 2020 horror film The Empty Man taps into a form of nihilism that might be taking over the world via social media.

The Future Is Funked by Future Funk

The Future Is Funked by Future Funk

The “future” in future funk is removed from any historical sense of time, existing in a digital future that can be forever extended – and always out of reach.

Punk Wouldn’t Have Spread So Far Without the Sh*t Media

Punk Wouldn’t Have Spread So Far Without the Sh*t Media

Simultaneously inside and outside by either choice or circumstance, punk has always had paradoxical – sometimes hostile – relations with TV, radio, and the internet.

What Is Identity in Our Digital Age of ‘The Extreme Self’?

What Is Identity in Our Digital Age of ‘The Extreme Self’?

Do you look “real” in virtual space? Such existential questions are central to ‘The Extreme Self’, which explores identity in our digital world.

The Dramaturgy of the Rise and Fall of the Bon Appétit YouTube Channel

The Dramaturgy of the Rise and Fall of the Bon Appétit YouTube Channel

If food has always been political, as Bon Appétit asserts—so, too, has performance style. It is overdue for food media creators to wake up and smell the coffee.