For people left out of the 1980s neoconservative vision of what America should be, he was a beacon, guiding us through this thing called life.
“A pure object, a spectacle, a clown…” was a companion to performance artist Neal Medlyn’s show “Wicked Clown Love,” and discusses the relation of Roland Barthes’ Mythologies to the fan culture surrounding horror-rap group Insane Clown Posse.
In Summer 2012 I curated a discussion on the open-access scholarly forum In Media Res as a part of their Theme Week on “Media Memories.” In this post, I explain the distinction between retro, as an aesthetic or representational style, and nostalgia, an affective response to contemporary historical and political conditions.
This article, submitted to a special issue on what media studies scholars term “Aca-Fandom,” centered on the tendency of recent media studies scholarship to inherently respect fan practices, despite the very real existence of fan practices that engage in symbolic and even material violence.
In 2011 I joined the staff of Negative Dunkalectics, an often tongue-in-cheek look at the cultural and aesthetic world of NBA basketball.
Designed as a companion site and promotional vehicle for my book manuscript, I started The-Re-Decade on popular microblogging site Tumblr in late 2012.