Browsing Archives of Author »L Mann«

“How to be a fan of problematic things” – because pretty much everything is, but is sometimes still awesome

January 21, 2012


I wanted to share one nice blog post called “How to be a fan of problematic things” here’s an exceprt, but read the whole thing! “Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist […]

How current is postmodern, or how old?

January 19, 2012


This article from the UK Guardian makes the case that certain aspects of intertextuality or pastiche, or “remakes,” which people consider to be recent artistic practices, have in fact been long-running practices in fine arts. Consider the examples in the article – how are they similar to the practices we saw in class, and are […]

“Framing Africa”

January 17, 2012


Ian’s previous post on the way people use the term “Africa” as if it is intrinsically meaningful when in fact it obscures the vast differences in language, culture, and history that range across an enormous continent, is supported by a wealth of media criticism over images of “Africa.” This article makes the case that US […]

On Disability, Access and technology

January 14, 2012


I wanted to post a link to one of my favorite disabled bloggers, an autistic person named Amanda Baggs. But I confess I am always worried (maybe this is patronizing of me) about giving her too much publicity because of how poorly  people sometimes act towards others. Not that I am concerned about you all […]

Utterly fascinating Roseanne interview (lots of gossip about making the show)

January 12, 2012


Hip-hop history

January 11, 2012


So we watched Byron Hurt’s “Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” today. Several of you were interested more in hip-hop studies and the history of the industry as well as the culture. One of the best histories of the culture (although there are many good books) is _Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop […]

Video to watch for Wednesday if possible

January 10, 2012


This short video is a good companion to the Rivera reading, it is about blackness and Latino identity