Category Archives: Society & Culture

There’s No Rational Argument For Keeping Confederate Statues

In light of the renewed debate over the removal of Confederate statues and Baltimore’s recent decision to remove four of its Confederate monuments, a number of very specious arguments have appeared in opposition to the removal of these statues and … Continue reading

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Charlottesville, Like Trump, Did Not Come Out of Nowhere

In light of the gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville that predictably turned into a display right wing violence, thuggery and intimidation that left one counter-protester dead and many others injured, much of the commentariat on cable news and social … Continue reading

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The NFL’s Existential Crisis Just Got Worse

The fall of football and the NFL may slowly be in motion, and its further decline may have just been witnessed in the pages of the New York Times. Specifically, I am talking about a study published yesterday in the … Continue reading

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The Political Power of Netflix’s ‘Okja’

Netflix has done it again. Again, by releasing another original production that profoundly reflects our current social, cultural and political moment. This time it is the original film Okja, directed by Boon Joon-ho. It tells the tale of the agricultural … Continue reading

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Watching ‘Wonder Woman’ in an Age of Endless War

Recently, I was doing some very basic research (more like reading a Wikipedia article) on World War I. The interest of arose after I recently saw Wonder Woman, where World War I features prominently. The film’s intersection with the Great … Continue reading

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Who Can Revive Derrick Rose’s Career?

I  believe Derrick Rose is one of the most tragic figures in American sports history. The moment the Chicago Bulls won the draft lottery in 2008 with less than a 1 percent chance of winning the top pick, the universe … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar and Limits of Cultural Politics

In Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-right, Angela Nagle writes, “Politics has been hollowed out too much into little other than a purely cultural politics over the last half-century, which the … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Warriors-Cavaliers Rivalry

For the past three seasons, the trilogy of NBA Finals matchups between Golden State and Cleveland have been full of indelible moments and unforgettable storylines. One of those indelible moments could be found in the ecstatic and chaotic aftermath in … Continue reading

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How I Learned To Stop Hating and Appreciate LeBron

Quick trivia question: Who was the last Eastern Conference team to make it to the NBA Finals without LeBron James on the roster? If you were thinking the 2010 Boston Celtics, congrats, you get a prize. It is wild to … Continue reading

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Milo and UC-Berkeley: Free Speech, Narratives and Oppositional Strategy in the Trump Era

In case you may have missed it, unrest engulfed the UC-Berkeley campus last night. In opposition to a scheduled speech by alt-right commentator/media personality Milo Yiannopolous, many of the protesters turned violent. In response to the violence and rioting, the … Continue reading

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The Colin Kaepernick Saga: Football, Patriotism and Protest

The great American writer and novelist James Baldwin once wrote: “I love America more than any other country in this world, and for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” In light of recent controversial events … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Paris

Barbarism has once again descended on the French capital. Yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which have left 129 dead and hundreds others wounded, have unleashed a profound sense of panic as well as a mass mobilization of solidarity around the … Continue reading

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