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Transhumanism 2.0: the Future Will Never be the Same

Silicon Valley has given a new lease of life to Transhumanism. In doing so, it has also fundamentally altered what is understood by “Transhumanism” and made it less about man, and more about tech. What exactly differs between today’s transhumanism and that of the 50s, and what implications does this have for the future of our vision of the future?
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Silicon Valley Pipe Dreams: Utopianism in the Technological Era

The Silicon Valley boom has digitalized, streamed, and imported to the cloud almost every aspect of our lives. Only politics remains untouched, for now…
With a curious blend of 1960’s counter-culture, entrepreneurial clichés and Social Darwinism, the Silicon Valley is articulating its version of ideal government. And, as with everything the Valley touches, it promises to be nothing short of a utopia…
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The Politics of Horror: 100 Years of Cultural Fears [Infographic]

The horror genre relies on primal fears – chaos, destruction, death. The imagery in which this fear is couched, however, is culturally-specific.

To each epoch it’s narrative and structure that brings meaning to the violence we, as human beings, instinctively fear. Through 100 years of existence of the genre, it is also the history of the 20th Century that is told. And what a frightful century it has been…

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The Politics of The Dude: The Big Lebowski and the Gulf War

The opening lines of The Big Lebowski leave no doubt about it: if there is a man for his time and place, the Dude is the man for that. He fits right in there, we are told: in Los Angeles, in 1991. But what else is he fitting into? and how?

From the unlikely duo formed by the Dude and Walter to the mostly silent role played by Donny, the film is an allegory of American political life during the Gulf War.

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Christmas: Inventing Tradition and Building Suburbia

The Christmas season has always been the site of deep tension. Today, these are primarily expressed in two ways: a critique of political correctness’ refusal to call Christmas by its name and concerns over consumerism’s excesses.

Not only do both criticisms fail to grasp the historical circumstances that gave birth to the modern Christmas, they also fail to comprehend the far-reaching consequences of its founding on the American way of life.

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