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James Tate Modern: Museumgoing as Poetic Tradition, an iPhone App and Audio Guide
by Smokey Foggington
We at least got a nice stroll through a local art house, even if we weren’t totally satisfied with the (I’m sure) well-meaning commentary by the (I’m sure) well-meaning Foggington.
Trollstoy: Power, Talkback and the Geopolitics of Online Respectability, an Epic
by Count Vladimir Diewitzerovsky
Diewitzerovsky only took 1,000 pages to bring together fake news, Russian "meddling," and the ways online comments reveal one’s social standing and aspirations.
Mill-Spec: Arthur Miller, Henry Miller, Steve Miller, and "The Miller’s Tale," Cultural Imperialism as Sexual Escapade, a Global Strategy
by Tropica Catriporn
We’re always enamored of the seamier side, and Catriporn shows how the venereal has become a venerable way of positioning power on the world stage.
Pro-Me-Theus: Millennialism, Forethought, an the Myth of a Loser-Free Future
by Purrrrseus Dakotakat
Olds like us complain endlessly of the supposed sense of entitlement of those who came of age in the aughts and after, but what if such self-centeredness were really forward-thinking? Dakotakat sees failure in all that w1nning, eternal punishment as a whole generation is dashed upon the rocks of what it really means to live(r).
Kubla Con: Resort Culture, Exoticism, and Trumpist Foreign Policy, or From Commercial Real-Estate to Xanadoofus
by Mr. Tillersinge Fyrefur
Fyrefur tells us little we didn’t already know, but he does so in the seductive form of a timeshare sales pitch, adding a layer of meta to the absurdity of it all. Perhaps one day we’ll wake from this dream, ready to write it all down.
Drag ‘N’net: Cross-Dressing, St. George, and the Transpolitics of Online Culture, a Gamification
by Raffael van Neumeown
Another on our Gender Track, Neumeown’s presentation used a Joe Friday-esque "just the facts" approach to show how the dragon of transphobia could be slayed in virtual communities. Neumeown then let us loose with the game controllers and endless free lives. We had so much fun we missed the lunch break and had to settle for a bag of Doritos and a 2-liter of Mt. Dew.
Booty and the Beat: the Disnification of French Literature and the Rise of the Derrière as Cultural Icon, an Exploration in Twenty Twerks
by Ms. Ariel Minajhaunches
Butt for the Belles of Notre Dame, we may never have understood the backsides of Beyonce and the Bountiful Mrs. Kanye. Only the French would be able to assemble such a cultural shift with the necessary buttressing, sans culottes.
Wait, Wait, Whose Lion Is It?: Improv, NPR, and the Symbolism of Characterization in Oz, a Sing-Along
by Mame Kuhn
We at least got to belt out a few tunes this time, a bunch of literary introverts finally encouraged by a compelling interpretation. Maybe it was public radio that made it OK for us shy types to explore our wilder sides.
Presentations, Part 4