What Is A Hipster?

Keeping on the hipster theme, i thought this was an interesting example of cultural discourse. A pretty objective dialogue that really frames the public opinion about "counterculture" and the sociological concept of "us" versus "other". Whether you are a hipster lover, hater or are one yourself (whether you assume the label or not) it's an … Continue reading What Is A Hipster?

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An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

This one is for all the bloggers. I don't know why we all choose the blog as an outlet. For some people, it's a away to feel like you are being heard - if even only by your friends and family and anonymous strangers - in a world where it seems like you just can't … Continue reading An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

Romancing The Senate: When Did The Business Of Government Become About Love?

On CNN today, the "talk back question" was "can Barack Obama romance the republicans?". It seems that voters intentionally put our country into a state of gridlock the past couple elections: with a democratic president and a senate dominated by Republicans. And it also seems that our two-party system has created a sandbox with a … Continue reading Romancing The Senate: When Did The Business Of Government Become About Love?

The Democratic Coast: What’s With The West Coast Swing To The Left?

It's official: our new president is our incumbent president: A democrat who's social and economic politices lean decidedly left. If you look at the voting maps, in addition to dominating the Northeast United states and a couple of more forward-leaning states "in the middle", one thing is clear. Obama dominated the west coast, which is … Continue reading The Democratic Coast: What’s With The West Coast Swing To The Left?

The Misguided Issue of Racial Politics: Especially Where “White People” Are Concerened

The election-related political chatter is in full tilt as we approach election day.  And this morning the "talk back" topic on CNN is about race and voting.  In particular, asking why Obama is polling so poorly with "white voters":  https://www.facebook.com/CarolCNN As somebody who studies cultural context for a living, I always get a little perturbed … Continue reading The Misguided Issue of Racial Politics: Especially Where “White People” Are Concerened

How Do You Rock The Vote? Dress The Part!

It's that time again.  We are mere weeks away from electing America's leader for the next four years.   Debates have come and gone, millions have been spent in campaign ads and bumper stickers and Khaki pants and now  it's down to go-time. The issues have been batted back and forth:  the economy, foreign policy, health … Continue reading How Do You Rock The Vote? Dress The Part!