Category: Pop Culture

Nicole Aschoff: The Smartphone Society

We have the power to contest and deny capital’s gains, and we should. Perhaps our phones will come in handy along the way

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Tamara Pearson: Who Owns the Words?

Who owns the words matters because words are one of the key factors in how we understand things, in our social consciousness, our collective values, and therefore the way we act

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Henry A. Giroux: Age of the Selfie in the Neoliberal Era

Critics have long pointed out that the social media phenomena of the Selfie is rooted in vanity and narcissism. But scholar and cultural critic Henry Giroux says it is about much more

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Bruno Jäntti: American anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Racism

It seems that Hollywood knows no limits when it comes to dehumanizing Middle Eastern peoples and adherents of Islam

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Paul Street: Hollywood’s Service to Empire: Two Examples

US citizens are being more than merely entertained when they sit before the nation’s 40,000 commercial movie screens

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Vincent Emanuele: Amusing the World: Media Consumption and Culture

The rest of the world is now consuming media at the same pace, and in the same forms, as those living in the United States

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Henry A. Giroux: Celluloid Heroism and Manufactured Stupidity in the Age of Empire

From Citizenfour and Selma to American Sniper

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Danny Schechter: And The Winner is? Get Ready for the Next Academy Awards!

We are not just talking about movie quality here, but programming that sells more than it tells. The marketing is intense and it is a wasteful business

Jasmin Malik Chua: Reality Show Sends Fashion Bloggers to Work in Cambodian Sweatshop

Three 17-year-old Norwegian fashion bloggers travel to Cambodia for an online reality series

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Michael Albert: Sick or Psychotic?

We aren’t a “sick” society. It is too tame an adjective

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