Tracks for the Trump Era: “Perfect Illusion” (Lady Gaga)

I've decided to launch a series of blog posts about songs that we can listen to in order to help us deal with the advent of the Trump Era. To inaugurate these, I'd like to propose that Lady Gaga's bitter, raw song "Perfect Illusion" is indeed the perfect song for this era of woe and … Continue reading Tracks for the Trump Era: “Perfect Illusion” (Lady Gaga)

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Teaching Outrage

In my course on reading popular culture, I spend several weeks teaching students how to discern the ideologies at work in popular culture texts, focusing each week on a particular reading method.  After several weeks of vigorous and intellectually engaged discussion about the vexing nature of popular media, one of my students asked, "So, what … Continue reading Teaching Outrage

The New Frankfurt School?: The Myopia of Contemporary Film Critics

A recent piece in The Atlantic by Derek Thompson regarding the recent spate of "boring superhero movies" is interesting not so much for its claim about the ubiquity of the superhero genre as for what it reveals about the contemporary intelligentsia's views on film and the nebulous issue of aesthetics.  Much like the Frankfurt School before them, … Continue reading The New Frankfurt School?: The Myopia of Contemporary Film Critics