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Seeing Like a Burglar

by Jonathan Tarleton | May 19, 2016 | Books, Politics

Photo Credit: USGS   Architectural determinism has a strange effect: under its auspices, behavior is attributed to brick and mortar. Towers sow violence and destitution, either by creating irresistible opportunities for crime or structuring life in such a way that social contracts continually rupture. The argument is at once both a perverse scapegoating and a peculiar […]

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Strawberry Cubes Forever

by Cecilia D'Anastasio | May 18, 2016 | Culture, Media

Early on the first day of New York’s IndieCade East, game developer Frank DeMarco carefully taped a bottle cap he’d found in the trash onto the keyboard of a STRAWBERRY CUBES’ arcade cabinet.

“It’s so players can’t press the escape button,” he explained, “and escape from the game.”

IndieCade East, a festival of independent games held April 29–May 1 at the Museum of the Moving Image, was just starting to fill with game developers and fans. Here, video games with low budgets, or even generous ones unfettered from behemoth publishers, teased at gaming’s most well-trod tropes: first-person shooters, dungeon-crawlers, military strategy.

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The Big Benboozle

by D.R. Tucker | Oct 27, 2015 | Media, Politics

  Ben Carson may be a renowned doctor, but even he cannot perform surgery on history. When the soft-spoken Islamophobic surgeon, critic of the modern civil-rights movement and top contender for the Republican presidential nomination, appeared on Fox News Channel’s Media Buzz as he began to climb in the polls, he declared that the GOP […]

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Back to the Dark Side: Dick Cheney’s Pax Americana

by Ambassador Joe Wilson (ret.) and Valerie Plame | Oct 22, 2015 | Books, Foreign Policy, Politics

  Exceptional, the new book from former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, is not. It is nothing more than an unhinged rant that smacks of sedition. “The children need to know the truth about who we are, what we’ve done, and why it is uniquely America’s duty to be freedom’s defender,” the […]

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Right-Wing Doublespeak and the Long Con

by D.R. Tucker | Oct 19, 2015 | Books, Politics

  Before I read Arthur Brooks’s The Conservative Heart, I wondered if he chose that title because Andrew Sullivan’s The Conservative Soul (HarperCollins, 2006) was already taken. After reading this odd work, I wondered if he chose that title because American Hustle was too accurate a description. Brooks, the head of the right-wing American Enterprise […]

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