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Our American Song

You walk through the front door and you get a hug and you wonder if you detect some sort of hesitation, or if it’s all in your head. Because you are the thing. The dreadful thing, the hated thing, the thing shouted about at television sets late at night and…

Queer Millennials Online | Miranda Rosenblum

Millennials are the first generation to grow up with the internet. The rise of the internet incited a significant transformation in the experience of adolescence, as continual access to the online world revolutionizes the way that young people develop a sense of self and find their places in the world….

Origin Story | Izzy Pezzulo

“We get the feeling that we haven’t truly begun to inhabit networks—the more ecstatic and catastrophic modes of interconnection remain to be tested.” –John Kelsey, Next-Level Spleen In Origin Story, I juxtapose themes of radioactive fallout, networked systems, swarm mentality, and “better living” through technology to ask questions about time,…

Fear and Loathing in GTA V: Where the Wave Broke

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught,” Hunter Thompson wrote in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten…

Our American Monster | Michael Leonberger

So much of this year has felt like the thing from the grave. Just a rotting monster pulling itself out of the crypt, skin falling off in grotesque, fleshy loops. You feel that? Maybe you don’t, but I think you do. Wherever you fall politically, this election cycle was rough….

The Face of Terror

Our cultural homogeny is one of those happy myths historians gravitate to. The spinal column that any history of a place is based upon, regardless of its inadequacies to describe what it meant to be alive in a moment that was teeming in incalculably different directions. It’s sobering, then, to…

Isn’t It Ironic?

For the record… According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of irony is: “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny.” So… A certain someone was wrong. Just for the record. I mention this now, and it comes to mind now,…

The Evolution of Convenience, From Blockbuster to #NetflixAndChill

Some of my fondest childhood memories involved going to Blockbuster with my dad after school. At our local branch, there was a large board filled with movie titles that were either in theaters, coming soon, or available now (if they hadn’t already been checked out). While my dad rushed to…

This is a recap. This is a rehash. This is an update.

A lot has happened over the past few minutes, months, and moons. The world has become increasingly violent (Mercury Retrograde), Facebook now allows us five different emotions instead of one, Obama dropped the mic, America dropped the ball, endangered munk seals are making a very cute comeback & I have…

World’s Finest

Superman is Jewish. I think that’s something the modern myth makers over at the DC Extended Universe don’t really care to reflect. They assume because his upholstery is so thoroughly baseball and American that he must be the epitome of Christianity as well, as though there are no other American…