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This essay looks at the transformation of advertising over the past two decades. Three myths define the worldview of advertising practitioners and sustain their daily practices: advertising as art(istic), advertising as war, and advertising as revolution. They are all a response to the lack of...
The rise of cabin porn— images of beautiful cabins in nature—as a visual genre reflects a growing international interest in cabins, shedworking, and rustic, exurban living off the grid, most of it romanticizing rural and low-tech lifestyles. On the surface, the digitally mediated and...
This essay explores the vexing question of humanitarian purpose. It specifically considers the challenge of defining and pursuing this purpose in the context of long-term humanitarian interventions, when the clarity of saving lives from immediate danger recedes from its central place in...
This essay situates the current discussion of vaccination politics within a broader trajectory of reflection on risk, rationality, and reflexive modernization. It argues that contemporary vaccine resistance is indicative less of antiscientific or antigovernmental sentiments than of diffuse...
This article theorizes ongoing US-led global warfare as a “positive science” based in communal, familial, and humanistic values manifest in outreach practices conducted by the US Army. Analyzing the history of recruitment and recently developed resilience training and civil-military...
Historian Judith R. Walkowitz, interviewed by Sharon Marcus, talks about how she came to study Victorian prostitution and the evolution of London’s Soho neighborhood, her efforts to connect political engagement and scholarship, how the discipline of history has and hasn’t changed over the...
“Posing in Prison” examines vernacular photography and studio portraiture taken inside US prisons through an investigation of the production practices and the circulation of these images in and out of prisons. The photographs include images that document family visits to incarcerated...
This essay focuses on the contemporary migrant musical practices of mobile Mexican DJ sound systems, or sonidos. Operating on both sides of the US-Mexico border, sonidos use the DJ mix as a form of musical communication and community that both moves between the United States and Mexico and plays...
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