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Looking at YouTube: KIDS REACT and Procrastitainment

On a laptop screen, a small rectangle surrounded by a jumble of text, ads and windows sends light into the retina of an isolated viewer, who sees the image of a chalkboard. Two tiny speakers emit the brittle, violently cheery sound of a chorus of children chanting “Kids React to…technology! This episode...old computers!”
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • July 31, 2014 4:41 AM
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The Esper Machine: The Collaborative Filmmaking Team of Pussy Riot, Patriarch Kirill, and Vladimir Putin

Pussy Riot is the most famous group of performance artists that has ever existed, thanks in no small part to active collaboration with Patriarch Kirill and, ultimately, Vladimir Putin.
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • January 16, 2014 1:09 PM
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Nobody Gets Out of Life Alive: THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE

Some people find it disturbing that in Coen brothers films, the characters don't often have clear realistic referents and appear at first glance to be stereotypes, playthings created only to be sadistically ground up in the gears of a machine. I've never understood this objection.
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • April 19, 2013 11:56 AM
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KILLER KARAOKE: Reality Television and the Death of the American Middle Class

“There’s been class warfare going on for the last twenty years and my class has won.” —Warren Buffett "I'm about to get my ass kicked by crawfish."—Steve-O
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • March 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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