Recent posts tagged culture


High And Low

On the marriage of popular and artistic sensibilities (not that they were all that far from each other?)

Fearful Asymmetry

If I could sum up the problem of modern politics in only a few words, it would be this: the asymmetry of the motivations of the participants.

Former And Continuing Student Of High Weirdness Confesses All!

The true weirdoes, god love them, can't help themselves. I wasn't one of those folks, and I knew it.


Drowning In The Popcult Goldmine Dept.

How to survive the modern digital cultural flood: have no sense of history.

Empathy Machine II Dept.

More on the idea that entertainments can be engines of empathy.


Push My Envelope Dept.

"Transgressive" isn't what it used to be. Maybe it never was.

All The Wrong Lessons Dept.

Why bad video game lore is a lot like bad pop culture: it embodies the wrong lessons.

We Put The 'Cult' In Culture Dept.

Modern fandom of the fantastic is transformative, not passive.


Put Away Childish Things And All That Dept.

Comics are just for kids. Right?

Of Silos And Vin Diesel Dept.

Why never to say something can't win Best Picture. Or shouldn't.

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast Dept.

Speed kills culture, not just individuals.


Nonbiodegradable Dept.

On ephemeral culture that never gets around to being ephemeral.

Die Neue Mensch Dept.

The new American man doesn't have to be a dudebro or a feminized wimp; he can be a step in the right direction.

Critique Is Magic Dept.

My Little Insight: "'there's a point where a pleasant lack of cynicism ... becomes insular naivete.'"

(Don't) Do It Again Dept.

Remakes: the poor man's newness.

Ah, The Good Old Days, Weren't They Awful? Dept.

Looking backward keeps us from looking forward.

Freedom ... To Wipe Tables And Shine Shoes Dept.

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to sell.

No Time Like The Present Dept.

To engage with the world in the here and now, or to withdraw? The case for both.

But All My Friends Loved It Dept.

On the difference between "culture" and "lifestyle".

Gentlemen, Start Your Photocopiers Dept.

Self-publishing shouldn't just be an excuse to recapitulate what exists.


Seize The Future, With No Gloves On Dept.

On appreciating the new without wearing the blinders of the old.

A Bland Apart Dept.

On culture being a tasteless affair (puns intended).

The "A" Word Dept.

It might be better to think of more things as being art, even the things we wouldn't be inclined to call art.

Give It Away Now (And Forever) Dept.

A culture of free cannot be sustained by an economy of free.

The Highs And Lows Of High And Low Art Dept.

More on why art doesn't sit on the rungs of a ladder.

See other culture posts for 2013