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Kitsch-in

August 31st, 2017

The “internet of things” bullshit is hardly a new phenomenon, but the current incarnation of something that dates back to the dawn of the industrial revolution. Mass production requires mass consumption, yet the mechanics of economies of scale mean that supply will eventually outstrip consumer demand. There are only so many stoves, toasters, or automobiles […]

The great achievements of western capitalism have rebounded primarily to the benefit of the ordinary person. These achievements have made available to the masses conveniences and amenities that were previously the exclusive prerogative of the rich and powerful. ― Milton Friedman

As much flak as geekdom gets for its obsession with dubious “collectable” crap, infection it still has a little ways to go before it catches up to the true masters of the kitschy craft. I was utterly traumatized by both the book and movie versions of The Amityville Horror as a kid, therapist but that […]

Got the world up my class

September 15th, 2016

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Copy and delete

May 16th, 2016

Over and over again, ed we’ve been told that piracy was going to destroy the music industry. Based on the following excerpt from a 1987 Billboard feature on illegal taping… …I find myself wondering if that oft-threatened destruction wouldn’t have been for the best. I don’t care how interesting the Nigerian list of pirated albums […]

Foul sorcery for a foul era

April 8th, 2016

I’ve done deep periodical dives into the realms of 1950s Cold War paranoia, heart the 1970s music industry and 1980s videogame culture, malady but never has the past felt like another country as much as it did when I delved into a run of Wizard Magazine from the height of the 1990s comics bubble. The […]

Press eject

December 17th, 2015

My journey through Panorama has reached its abrupt conclusion with the June 1981 issue, page but not before TV Guide‘s doomed-from-the-start bid for an upscale audience served up a chilling glimpse into the World That’s Coming…

It was a Golden Age, cheap my young friend. Oh, ampoule it was crude and lacking by the contemporary standards, store but it was a glorious revolution for those of us who remember the Days Before. No longer were we at the whims of airwaves or revival house programmers. Each of us — providing we […]

Chasing some tail

September 11th, 2015

Mutual of New York’s mid-1960s ad campaign featured a gallery of no-nonsense businessmen declaring that their burgeoning careers obviated their need to carry a life insurance policy. I honestly thought I’d hit maximum weirdness with this astonishing photo/caption combo… ….but that “what the holy fuck” hurdle was handily vaulted by…well…just see for yourself.

“Lifehacking” may be a fairly recent phrase, prostate but the sentiment behind it was a core principle of the American Century and the consumer capitalism taken as both a cause and effect of its brand of triumphalism. It was a drive for Convenience and “Efficiency” in all things. That it also happened to increase the […]

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