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Tag Archive — publics

The Surfacing of Sexual Subcultures

Pop culture is semiotically self-reflexive. Something making it into the mainstream visible recirculates due to that very visibility. It’s public sphere presence surfaces it and then—as surface culture—it continues to circulate. Either because writers draw from what is already out there, or because editors trim what might not be commonly known, the store of common […]

The Hunger Games and Hyperreality

As I was getting into Toronto on the train yesterday, I had a hyperreal Hunger Games—related moment. While finishing the sequel, Catching Fire, on my way back into town from my final Consumerism and Identities class in Brantford, I noticed that the woman next to me was tearing into the first book of the trilogy. […]


Blog writing—but really, all web writing—is unfinished, dilatory, deferred. It’s captured and pushed out into the public sphere still blinking and not-completely-formed, concrete ephemera still in the process of becoming.


Hmmmm. It feels good that I’ve been posting long enough and regular enough that I feel like if I don’t post for a while I should mention why. It means, I think, that the blog has reached the point where it is established—it’s become its own thing as opposed to something I occasionaly do. It […]

Polyamory on the CBC

This article is actually from just over a week ago, but I didn’t let myself write about it because of marking deadlines. But now that the marks are in and I’m between classes for a few weeks, it’s worth a mention. Polyamorists’ Relationships Wrongly Targeted: Lawyer This article is interesting from a number of angles. […]

News, Publics and Peers

I’m sitting on some excellent news, professionally speaking, which becomes interesting when you have recently started a blog devoted (at least in part) to talking about matters related to professional academia. If part of your public persona is suddenly invested in a space of public intimacy, to use Maria Bakardjieva’s terminology, where is the line […]