A Short History

Welcome to the new Morphizm, my friends. In the days before blogs, it was known as an online magazine, launched by yours truly on the Fourth of July 2001. It was invented to skewer, analyze and decode global culture’s blinking creep into the 21st century. It has done that and more.

Some information. Through all of its iterations, its home page forever has remained When it was an online magazine, it had several channels, including Recommends, NexText, Comix, Polemics, Observations and more, some of which have survived and others which will be resuscitated in a new flesh. It also boasted a rather huge archive, which failed to list all of its content. That is a major project for another day. But it is a day that will come soon.

For now, I have posted some of the older content on this new iteration. More will be added daily, until this shiny new monster mirrors the aged one to perfection. If you see something that looks old, remember that this is still a work in progress. Hey, it might even be new to you.

Once Morphizm did enter the world of blogs, it entered through Google’s free window. The first iteration of the MorphBlog was launched in May 2005. What you are looking at now is the current manifestation of the MorphBlog, built for the CSS era. It will change further for the mobile age in 2011, as a Mobilizm app for the iPad Generation.

Contributing writers for Morphizm over the last several years have varied wildly. Here are some:

During the reign of Bush and Cheney, Ross M. Levine was Morphizm’s sharpest and most productive political and cultural columnist. He is an author, Swiftophile, activist judge and manatee-hugger who feels safer on the edge (in New York or California). He’s currently at work on his novel The Romantichondriac.

Author of the recent AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War, Tom McNichol’s work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Washington Post and others, including the late, great Spy mag. Respect!

Greg Palast is author of Armed Madhouse, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and an investigative journo for the UK’s Observer and Guardian newspapers, and BBC Television’s Newsnight. His official site is here.

Andy Singer is a freelance cartoonist living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His work appears mostly in alternative weeklies and monthlies in the US and abroad, including The Athens News, Salt Lake City Weekly, Eugene Weekly, La Décroissance, The East Bay Monthly, Z Magazine and more. Every once in a while, he gets published in a mainstream publication like The New Yorker. But this is rare.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the scary-as-hell Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, as well as the amazing No Logo. Her articles have appeared in The Nation, The NY Times, The Village Voice, The Guardian and more. Visit her here.

Amy Bass is associate prof of history at the College of New Rochelle, and the author of many titles, including In The Game: New Essays on Race, Identity, and Sports. Don’t step to her unless you got game.

James Kunstler is the author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the recently released World Made By Hand. His prescient criticism on peak oil, hyperconsumption, derivatives and more called the global recession before most anyone had a clue. He should be mandatory reading for the millennium.

Mo Herms is a dopeshit DJ and music journo who’s served time at the East Bay Express, Berkeley’s KALX, Little Radio and more. We go so far back together that we need a time machine to make it back to the future. Dig into her blog here.

Laura Picard is a Los Angeles.-based writer and editor who refuses to write any more screenplays. She has written for Morphizm about subjects as diverse as pre-Code film and noiseless comics, as well as for AOL, Turner Classic Movies, and AlterNet.

Heina Dadabhoy is a frustrated Orange County poet who, like the greatest frustrated poet of them all, turned to philosophy when the poetry gave out. She currently studies English and Philosophy at UC Irvine by day and teaches examination preparation by night.

Arianna Huffington is nationally syndicated columnist as well as an author of more books than you. You may have heard of her; she runs a very popular culture site called The Huffington Post. But long before it arrived to make internet news sites bearable, her columns were syndicated by Morphizm and several other kickass progressive publications. The rest is history.

Andy Hermann’s work has appeared in pubs like BPM, Popmatters and more. He is also an editor and blogger for, as well as a hard-working DJ in the city of Los Angeles.

Cynthia Fuchs is film and television editor at PopMatters, where my writing was also syndicated back in the day. (Popmatters chief Sarah Zupko has a seriously big family.). Fuchs is also Associate Professor of English, Media and African-American studies at George Mason University, as well the author of Spike Lee: Interviews.

Nathan Means performs with cacophonous aplomb for Washington D.C.’s brain-rock badasses, Trans Am, whose recent efforts like Liberation is no doubt deeply insulting a red-state citizen somewhere near you. Full disclosure: I reviewed Trans Am’s latest album Thing for Filter. It was awesome.

Gary Morris is the hilarious publisher of the positively geektastic Bright Lights Film Journal. Cinemaphiles on the hunt for unrestrained opinion on cult and mainstream film should be reading it from cover to digital cover. There will be no test afterwards.