Popular Culture Category

April 26, 2020

The Ambivalent Portrait – Locating Resistance And Compliance In The Moment Of Selfie Production, Part 2 (Harold Dalton)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. In the reaction to the photographs of Innes and Kardashian, both of which fit only tangentially within the boundaries of selfie, the meaning of “selfie” overruled and defined the means of production by which the…

February 5, 2020

Searching For The Soul In The Digital Age (Karli Brittz)

A version of this article appeared in Image & Text, Number 31, September 2018. In 2015 Pixar Animation and Disney released Inside Out, a clever, moving film depicting the science of emotion and workings of the inner mind. The film translates cognitive aspects of being human, feeling and memory into…

June 1, 2019

What Might Burning Man Say To Reflexive Christianity In The West?, Part 2 (John W. Morehead)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. With a basic definition of counterculture, as well as consideration of their oppositional forms of expression and differing types, I now turn to consideration of their significance in relation to Burning Man, as well…

February 6, 2018

Childish Gambino On Blackness (Eric Washington)

Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover is an artist and a philosopher. As a black rapper, Childish Gambino knows how the world perceives young black men: lazy, violent, and stupid. He is known for the breaking of these racist perceptions, and the questioning of society on why these ideas of young black…

December 6, 2016

Celebrities Becoming New Focus Of Religious Worship For “Non-Believing Believers” (Madison Tarleton)

Each day millions of Instagram savants wake up and take their morning coffee with the Kardashians, spend their lunch break painstakingly assessing the Angelina Jolie divorce, and settle in for a pleasant dinner at home with Beyoncé and her family. All of this is to say, once we make the decision…