Moby has been making music across media and genre for over three decades now. Which means he’s watched genres bleed into each other, technology kill the music industry as we knew it, the internet rebuild the music industry as we’ll know it, and how a conscientious artist must work if s/he’s going to survive the [...]
I’ve been following the sometimes merry digital pranksters of Anonymous for awhile now. But I was stoked when my AlterNet editor Jan Frel asked me to break down their genius undressing of Aaron Barr’s so-called cybersecurity outfit HBGary Federal and, by association, everyone from the Chamber of Commerce and powerhouse law firm Hunton & Williams [...]
No one mashes science, philosophy and superheroes as well as Grant Morrison. And his years-long run on Batman, the most iconic human superhero of all time, is an object lesson in how to make smart comics sell like cakes. So of course I reviewed Morrison’s Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne hardcover for Wired. It’s [...]
Here’s what’s weird.
One of pop culture’s most accessible entry points for understanding our last decade of War on Terror is a presumable kids’ cartoon from George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.
But whether you like it or not, and whether you’re young or you’re old, The Clone Wars‘ eye-popping CGI animated series is seriously infested with [...]
It wasn’t easy writing this piece, because the reality of John Lennon’s assassination is a heavier load than hyperreality of his simulations. After all, hyperreality’s job is to suck the bleeding life out of reality. Which is why simulations of John Lennon’s assassinations are proliferating across media, from films to comics to tabloid TV and [...]
Forty years ago, Let It Be closed out a decade of The Beatles’ artistic and technological influence. It’s a period that has yet to be matched in popular culture. To celebrate that legacy, I will explore the band’s lasting impact in a new occasional series called Geek The Beatles, anchored to the band’s momentous anniversaries [...]
[Scott Thill, AlterNet]
On April 5, online truth and transparency advocate WikiLeaks.org plans to release at the National Press Club what it alleges is a video confirming a Pentagon cover-up of a wartime massacre of civilians and journalists committed under the leadership of General David Petraeus.
In a recent editorial that was later scrubbed, WikiLeaks founder Julian [...]
How much do I dig Stephen Colbert’s viral hyperreality? Enough to write about him every chance I get. So when White House press secretary Robert Gibbs actually comes out and admits that our president, the gifted political orator Barack Obama, probably couldn’t hold his own against Stephen Colbert? Well, that’s gold, baby. Pure gold.
[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
When Alan Greenspan predicted three percent economic growth showing up in the reported figures for the third quarter of 2009, did he mean executive compensation packages? Maybe the lesson here is: don’t ask a crackhead to predict the future supply of crack. Greenspan’s greatest success may be to drive economics [...]
[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
In our history, the American nation committed obvious sins against select groups of people, and we’ve paid bitterly for some of that. But now it’s our sins against the land itself that threaten to sink the USA as a viable enterprise.
It’s odd, that in his otherwise excellent blow-by-blow account (“Eight Days,” [...]
[Greg Palast, Morphizm]
I still get a thrill whenever I get my hands on a confidential memo with “The White House, Washington” appearing on the letterhead. Even when—like the one I’m looking at now—it’s about a snoozy topic: This week’s G-20 summit.
But the letter’s content shook me awake, and may keep me up the rest of [...]