Category: Pop Culture

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

Joseph G. Ramsey: Beyond “Missed Opportunities”

How Should Revolutionaries respond to Judas and the Black Messiah?

Ed Rampell: All Power to the Pictures! Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah performs a valuable service, traveling back in time to present an extremely entertaining, compelling, vivid dramatization of the Black Panthers

David Stern: What Will the Biden Administration Do to Protect the Performing Arts?

Yes, a bailout is in order, but the situation is far more complicated than that

Sophie Benson: That’s advertainment: reality TV and product placement

The insidious role of unethical advertising in reality TV – and in the offscreen careers of its stars

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