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Marxism: The Music Theory That Never Goes Out of Style

How fitting that a post-punk band from the late '70s, fascinated by the Marxist metaphysics of modernity, would re-emerge to remind us that nothing new has happened in rock in decades. Of course Thom Yorke might disagree...

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Fooled by Skepticism

Skepticism has been fueling pop culture for decades. Just ask John Lennon or Pete Townshend. Lately it’s just been fooling pop culture about science.

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The Pope of Satire

Judging from the worried silence that met Stephen Colbert’s satirical comments about the current president, it seems he stepped over the line from his trademark truthiness that entertains to plain-old truth (or perhaps taboo) that his audience did not want to hear. As comedy routines go, this one died fast.

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Übermensch and Übermonk

Adrian Monk is slave to his obsessions, but he’s the master of his self. He's possibly even the master of the future of humanity.

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Pop Culture's IQ: The Downward Spiral

How can you explain the difference between Julia Child and Rachael Ray without acknowledging the elephant in pop culture's living room? We're getting dumber.

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Nobel Prizes and Nobel Promises

President Obama probably rattled and hummed in disbelief when he got his Nobel Prize. Ask Bono.

Film

Captain Obama and the Final Frontier

Obama's four-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new kinds of political confusion; to boldly go where no rational health-care reformer has gone before.

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Hail to the Thief, Again?

Thom Yorke’s thoughts about political power are in good company. Great theorists of power and justice agree: “you do it to yourself”.

George A. Reisch and Brandon W. Forbes
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Obama is The Boss

What Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen share is an understanding that real life happens on the ground, regardless of the hot ideological winds blowing through Crawford or Washington D.C. or talk radio.

George Reisch & Russell Anderson
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Don’t Touch that Dial

If Congress had its way, Dorothy would have clicked her ruby slippers together and chanted, “There’s no place like home theater. There’s no place like home theater.”

George A. Reisch & Phillip S. Seng
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Where the Frak is All My Money?

Battlestar Galactica is like Wall Street—it’s hard to tell Cylons from humans, especially when it comes to galaxy-size Ponzi schemes.

George Reisch
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Our Zombies, Our Selves

Zombies, politicians, and consumers alike seek immediate gratification. But can they be happy?

George Reisch
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I'm Not There, and Neither Are You

The Bob Dylan film, I’m Not There, shows that the main puzzle behind pop music’s most enigmatic personality resides right here, within us all.

George Reisch, Peter Vernezze and Paul Lulewicz
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George W. and J. Peterman, Philosophically Speaking

It takes guts to look squarely at the paradox of subjectivity, as former White House press secretary Scott McClellan can attest.

George Reisch and Norah Martin
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Rock Hits Wall

Does a conservative obsession with its past threaten the originality and imagination of today's rock music? Pink Floyd's The Wall casts a long shadow on the genre.

George Reisch and Brandon Forbes
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Lead Us Not Into Speculation, Nor Excessive Computation

A prominent philosopher argues that you, me, and everyone you know may be an artificial computer-simulation of a person.

George Reisch and Nick Bostrom
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Don’t Keep Your Philosophy Under Your (Mr.) Hat

The point of philosophy going pop is not to exalt the ivory tower and herd people inside; it’s to give philosophers a chance to leave.

George Reisch and Randall Auxier
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My Philosophy, My Vertigo

Are the workings of the human mind and heart forever beyond the reach of science to understand? Two philosophers find the question - and opposed answers - in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

George Reisch, Noël Carroll and Dan Flory
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Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Choose

Stoics say freedom is an illusion. That's why they have no choice but to think deeply about the Grateful Dead.

George Reisch and Matthew Turner
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High-Minded Bullshit

Philosophy itself is often regarded as part and parcel with the bullshit of popular culture. But it is philosophers who been trying to determine exactly what bullshit is and how it works its magic.

George Reisch and Gary L. Hardcastle
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The Meaning (wink, wink) of Life

Welcome to Pop Goes Philosophy by various authors with Open Court Publishing; where philosophers find deep meaning in the depths, and at least a tiny ray of reflection in the shallows, of all that is pop culture.

George Reisch and Edward Slowik
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