"By the time Cathy
began, the sexual revolution had ended, so the strip stands as a perfect artifact of a moment when the cultural understanding of coercion changed completely—a moment when, one could argue, second-wave feminism basically died. With its baby-boomer characters, Cathy
dramatizes the aftermath: the ’60s ended when it became clear that a revolutionary movement toward a just society wasn’t happening; the ’70s ended up being about trying to navigate the wreckage of the ’60s. The ’80s were largely about looking for strategies to accept injustice and inequality, and to construe that acceptance itself as a positive value.
"Cathy takes its place in this cultural progression by drilling in the notion that it doesn’t matter what the law says: you are being coerced not by the state but by your desire to be valued.
posted by Rory Marinich
on May 5, 2013 -
My Dearest Barack
: A collection of letters that student Dylan Hansen-Fliedner wrote back to the Obama campaign, in response to donation requests.
posted by growabrain
on Dec 1, 2012 -
As a function of fear and pre-emptive shame, ironic living bespeaks cultural numbness, resignation and defeat. If life has become merely a clutter of kitsch objects, an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least (or, at minimum, a performance of such a competition), it seems we’ve made a collective misstep. Could this be the cause of our emptiness and existential malaise? Or a symptom?
- How to Live Without Irony
posted by beisny
on Nov 18, 2012 -
If ever there were a question about the ballooning scale of America's prison system, the Louisiana State Penitentiary provides an answer. It has its own golf course
posted by Chrysostom
on Nov 7, 2012 -
, a company that processes credit cards for web apps, decided to play a security wargame
called Capture the Flag
where you are given a logiin and password for a server and are invited to use your hacking abilities to gain access to accounts with increasing access and authorization. People who beat the server and "capture the flag" at /home/the-flag/.password
are invited to contact the company for bragging rights and a T-shirt. Just one problem: the hacking game has been hacked
, with something called a fork bomb
. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Feb 23, 2012 -
The Village Voice released its Comics Issue on April 6. Its editorial "If Cartoons Are So Big, Why Don't They Pay?
" focused on the financial straits many influential and popular cartoonists find themselves in even in the midst of wide-spread popularity and new respect. Although interesting in itself, the editorial created a splash in comics communities
for a different reason. Its decision to not pay the artists whose work was featured in that issue. The Voice had intended to offer only attribution, but no money. It has since recanted
posted by gilrain
on Apr 8, 2011 -
Art of Bleeding:
The first time
Mr. Outerspace died, it was to serve
the greater good of cleaning the Cacophony Society's gutters of useless hangers-on and lazybones. The second time
, it seemed to serve no purpose at all. Some of us are hoping the third time
will be the charm. You might not think you know his art, but you do
. RIP Peter Geiberger, 1979-2006.
posted by Scram
on Sep 22, 2006 -
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
known also as Witkacy,
generally a prolific artist since about the age of 8
He lived from 1885 to 1939, and often has just the right mix of sharp wit, deep insight, and self-reflective irony.
posted by mdn
on May 29, 2004 -
The Bushiad and The Idyossey.
"Narrative epic poems of 24 chapters each, The Bushiad
and The Idyossey
use satire and irony to cover events during nine months from December 2002 through September 2003, and were inspired by events as they occurred. Homer would recognize the tale." But where's Hercubush
posted by homunculus
on Apr 4, 2004 -