Tag: pop culture
The Pretensions of PopApril 2016
A look at the secret, defining force in a field largely comprised of autodidacts and bedroom enthusiasts
Jonathan Weisman: A Britain Beyond CostumeDecember 2015
Boundaries of Nations: The UK isn't like Downton Abbey anymore.
Jessica Machado: Falling Behind the KardashiansSeptember 2014
American Empires: In defense of Rob Kardashian, and turning your back on the family business.
Chen Hooft van Huysduynen: Gender on the RoadAugust 2013
A look at the carefree travel guys and the lost-and-lonely journeywomen who populate the road-movie genre.
Tom Engelhardt: Teenagers in SpaceAugust 2013
Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn, and how a tale of American triumphalism was returned to the child’s world.
Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. JoeAugust 2013
Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.
Andrew Ridker: Profane Fruit – On Kanye, Yeezus, and the Sanctity of SoundJuly 2013
An irreverent sample of “Strange Fruit” would signify a takedown of not only a great American jazz standard, but of a crucial civil rights work as well. You can probably tell what’s coming next.
Sasha Houston Brown: Nothing Says Native American Like White Stars in HeaddressesDecember 2012
How American Indian identity is reflected in pop culture.
Leah Carroll: Why Does Ke$ha Exist?November 2012
She may be the perfect pop-culture koan.
Abhimanyu Das: Bat-MythosJuly 2012
Superhero ideology, Batman, and the Aurora shootings