Category: Pop Culture

Christopher Blackwell: Incarceration on TV Is Nothing Like the Prison Where I Live

Showcasing the most unstable of the incarcerated population spreads the false narrative that everyone in prison is a lost cause

Todd Miller: Where Sports and Deportation Meet: ICE Is Removing People on the Same Planes Used to Transport Teams

What do the New England Patriots, Houston Rockets, private charter companies, and ICE Air Operations have in common?

Tabitha Arnold: Art Should Not Be an Investment Vehicle for Rich People

Interview on how art is warped by wealthy patrons’ dictates, and why artists shouldn’t confuse their art with political organizing

David Edwards: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ And The Military-Entertainment Complex

Please Help ZNet             Source: Media Lens In 1990, Tom Cruise, star of the 1986 blockbuster, ‘Top Gun’, said: Some people felt that “Top Gun” was a right-wing film to promote the Navy. And a lot of kids loved it. But I want the kids to know that’s not the Read more…

Ian Wang: Twee Began as an Unabashedly Radical Subculture

Love it or hate it, twee is back. It’s the subject of innumerable think pieces, but the subculture’s radical roots in feminism, punk, and the fight against Margaret Thatcher often go unnoticed

David Swanson: The Pentagon, CIA Have Shaped Thousands of Movies into Effective Propaganda

Propaganda is most impactful when people don’t think it’s propaganda, and most decisive when it’s censorship you never knew happened

Peter Kalmus: I’m a climate scientist. Don’t Look Up captures the madness I see every day

A film about a comet hurtling towards Earth and no one is doing anything about it? Sounds exactly like the climate crisis

Steve Early: Danny Glover: Still Marching to a Different Drummer On Veterans Day

The quieter focus of the film The Drummer is the lasting physical and psychological impact of military service, under post 9/11 conditions

Robert Koehler: The myth of redemptive violence

We may search for blame, but blame — scapegoating — is never a solution, just further homage to the myth of redemptive violence

Tom Morello: Songs of Justice, Songs of Power

The Industrial Workers of the World — the shock troops of the early-20th-century labor movement — virtually invented the protest song for the modern age

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