Category: Pop Culture

Cynthia Peters: Sticks, Stones, Words

Words may not be violent, but they exhaust us and help internalize our oppression. Fight back with solidarity

Juan Cole: In ‘Spectre,’ James Bond becomes Edward Snowden

The latest entry in the Daniel Craig reboot of the James Bond film franchise, Spectre , turns Bond into more muscular version of Edward Snowden, as he takes down a vast 9-nation attempt at electronic surveillance and information-sharing that would also benefit a criminal cartel. Tooling around the reviews, it strikes me as remarkable that Read more…

Kathleen Wallace: The Id(iots) Emerge

The escalating rhetoric of the crazies is very concerning

Eugene Nulman: A Cancelled Exploration of Capitalism’s Ills: TV’s HAPPYish

“You gotta hand it to Stalin…When he wanted to control you, he threw you in the Gulag…. Nowadays, they give you a 30-year mortgage.”

Nikos Raptis: Cultural Resistance

Running a classic ZNet article to honor the birthday of Mikis Theodorakis, who is 90 today.

Badri Raina: Greatness

Is it so impossible to marry great purpose to a lived ordinariness?

Jef Rouner: No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong

Eventually you are going to venture out into the world and find that what you thought was an informed opinion was actually just a tiny thought based on little data and your feelings

Miranda Campbell: Culture Isn’t Free

Expecting artists to work for free hands the reins of cultural production to ruling elites

Salim Muwakkil: The Collective That Saved Jazz

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians brought jazz back from the brink by connecting it to black struggle

Christopher Zumski Finke: Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It

In the past few months, the hashtag #GamerGate has become a banner flying over America’s current confrontation over feminism, male privilege, and cultural expression

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