LIVING LYRICALLY, LITERALLY: ‘NOVOCAINE’

In which we apply human-like scenarios to popular songs, which may or may not have been written with said philosophical intentions in mind. Rebellious analysis at its most ludicrous. – The video for Frank Ocean’s ‘Novacane’ opens with one long-shot, …
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Column: The Spectacle of Banality: On Reality TV

In her weekly column Leopard Print in the Ivory Tower, Annika Blau offers academic critiques of popular culture. This week, she unpacks reality television with the help of French Post-structuralist Jean Baudrillard. Eternally seeking to expand Brand Beckham, Posh Spice …
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Column: Missing: Sense of Purpose

Missing: Sense of Purpose At this year’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas, sociologist Arlie Hochschild is giving a talk called “We have Outsourced Ourselves”, centred around the following enquiry: Remote assistants respond to calls and emails. Life coaches assist with personal …
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Column: Dear Death,

I am looking right into the eyes of a med. student, looking into his eyes in a way that you would hardly ever look into someone’s eyes – holding his gaze long and hard, a searing gaze, a shimmering gaze. …
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