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A Kickstart To Understanding Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation

Let me first start by saying that this is not one of those books that you would pick up as a light afternoon read. I came across this text during my studies, and it posed and still poses many challenges. In writing this post I am not pretending to have a thorough understanding of Baudrillard's concepts, far from it. I would like this post to serve, as the title suggests, as a starting point in understanding ...

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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Identity formation

The academic literature pertaining to Jehovah’s Witnesses is severely lacking and in most cases altogether absent. This article seeks to counter this paucity through a review of the discourse stemming from The Watchtower Society in conjunction with dialogues from four former members of the religious organization. Each respective body of information is utilized to identify what American Anthropologist Edward ...

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Raymond Barone – a negotiator of masculinity

Starting a journey on the road called masculinity is an exciting one. Not knowing where you are going to arrive, how you are going to get there or even the basic understanding of what “there” is, is a perfect starting point. The quest for masculinity and its definition seems at times to be fluid, amorphic and constantly changing.  The question of “who is considered a man”, or the effort to define “what is m ...

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Kony 2012 – flash mob political action

My freshman art class approached me with Jason Russell’s film on Kony and wanted to do Shepard Fairy-esque posters and raise awareness. I had another unit planned so the discussion was about: do you want to learn to paint apples from direct observation or help catch a serial killer. We're doing the unit on Kony so I read up and was surprised at the amount of negative press Russell's film is getting. Former ...

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Talkbacks in the age of Facebook: Public Sphere 2.0?

I must admit I place far too much importance on anonymous comments in news websites than they should get. Comments  left by visitors on news websites, to my opinion, do not represent thoughts of a majority although on many occasions they are considered as such.  I believe that comments and the discussions they sometimes create escalate the political, social and cultural discourse not necessarily in a positi ...

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