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Our American Way

While Woodrow Wilson might not have actually said that The Birth of a Nation was like history written in lightning, he is definitely responsible for the following quote which appears in the film: “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation…until at last there had sprung into…

Operator, Well Could You Help Me Place This Call?

Phone: [ring ring] You: Well, I don’t recognize this number, but it’s a local area code. I should probably answer it. “Hello?” Phone: [silence] You: “Hello?” Phone: “………………………Hello!……………..You’ve been selected for a rare limited-time offer for some fantastic free—“ You: [click] In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a…

Our American Song

While Woodrow Wilson might not have actually said that The Birth of a Nation was like history written in lightning, he is definitely responsible for the following quote which appears in the film:”The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation…until at last there had sprung into existence…

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

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,…