Issue 3

Black Feminism, Hashtags, and the Importance of Twitter to American Studies | Amanda Lineberry

Erica L. Williams @EricaLWilliams ∙ Aug 14 “The negative reactions to #solidarityisforwhitewomen & #blackpowerisforblackmen are evidence of the embattled position of black women.”[1]   In August of 2013, Twitter became a platform for a heated debate around black feminism that highlights the intersectionality of gender and race using two hashtags:…

Eating Disorders in the Digital Age | Matt Wetsel

In a generation that has accepted technology and specifically the internet as a central aspect of their lives, the way we connect with others has inevitably changed along with it. A decade ago, I recall many people in my life were wary about making purchases online, making friends, online dating,…

Grindr: Contemporary Ecstasy | Jon Henry

Introduction It wasn’t until the advent of Tinder, the popular casual dating app that launched in 2013, that I could quickly explain Grindr, launched in 2009, and all its clones (Hornet, Scruff, Growler, Jack’d, A4A, Radar) to a non-queer audience. Grindr is a cellular digital space for men with same…

Down the Upward Spiral | Corey Giacco

*Click on the image to enlarge. Editor’s Note: Down the Upward Spiral was first published in Issue No. 3 as a Comics feature. ::: If you’re interested in dark twisted humor then look no further. Down the Upward Spiral, a webcomic created by Corey Giacco, explores those very themes. Launched…

Bangin’ Those Video Machines

Does anybody here remember VHS? Better yet, remember Power Video? Or maybe Mega Video, or any number of those old, colorful movie libraries — the now extinct (and achingly nostalgic) Video Store? The kind that roamed the Earth before Blockbuster came along and ate ’em all up? (Before Blockbuster itself…

The Portrait of a Cyber Bully | Emily Miller

I have remarked more than once that I feel really grateful to have come of age before smart phones, texting, social media, and (to some extent) the internet. In middle school and high school, whenever I stepped off of the bus around 3 pm (or returned from some athletic practice…

The Curious Life of Memes

Memes have become a ubiquitous part of internet culture. Keyboard Cat, Doge and Overly Attached Girlfriend are just a few of the thousands of memes that have emerged since that first unknown user decided to mail a captioned photo of a cat to a friend. Some memes explode into prominence,…

Anxiety/Happiness | Julia Eldred

Losing Time Isolation Futile Pursuit, Part 1 Futile Pursuit, Part 2 Artist’s Statement For a video artist, my process of allowing form to follow function seems odd and slightly counter productive. I usually figure out what my art means while creating it rather than setting out with a particular purpose….