Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Calling Card of Posterity, or: We’ve Tried Nothing (And We’re All Out of Ideas)

Night after night they sat in restless repose, watching beer commercial after beer commercial and car commercial after car commercial, not necessarily in that order, ten and thirty feet respectively from where a 24-pack of clearance-sale Budweiser resided in an ice box and from where a Cavalier resided in a carport, doors and skirts rusted […]

The University of Missouri Protests: What Happens Now?

The University of Missouri’s black students have used hunger strikes, protests, and walk-outs to try and reach the ears of the university’s administration. The last straw was a swastika drawn on one of the dorm buildings in excrement, which might have been the first and only straw for some, in what the Washington Post called […]

The NFL: The Great American Synecdoche

I love football like dogs love licking their balls. My favorite team is the Oakland Raiders, and I’ve loved football this whole time in spite of how horrible they’ve been. They’re finally decent, and sit atop their conference’s wild card standings for playoff contention. Those close to me already find me unbearable in light of […]

What Could the Internet Have Been?: Announcing the New Arcades Project

Writing about the internet is a singularly overwhelming task, one that provides fresh new sources of consideration. I constantly run into the problem of the endless multiplicity; an overview of the scope of the dream of what the internet was to become, a project I’ve been working on to eventually introduce to the site, a […]

News from Home (1976)

A year after she released Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, the 26-year-old Chantal Akerman returned to New York City, where she had lived for several years in her early 20s. Akerman, a French-speaking native of Brussels, and the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, spent the next several months with her cinematographer Babette […]

Mastery, Sampling and the Self

Yet another think piece was added to the pile of literature considering trigger warnings on Salon a couple days ago. This piece begat yet another think piece in the form of this thing you’re reading. Trigger warning: this is a broad meta-commentary. The piece, “My Trigger Warning Disaster”, details the attempts by a professor, Rani Neutill, […]

Why Are All the Middle Aged White People Dying?

When I search for “middle aged white person” on Google images I get pictures of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, so I bit the bullet, went with my gut instinct for what image needed to lead this article and just typed in “real life Hank Hill.” I got this. I think it gets across well […]

Shaming, Vigilanteism and the Internet

The dream of justice and the dream of public bloodletting can’t be cleanly disentangled from each other. They co-exist in the public imagination in rotating fashion, each taking turns representing the supposed reality of the other. Public blood lust runs in many directions that tend heavily toward the symbolic. The judicial performance of the law […]