Carol shared a chilling article on the origins of the zombie myth from Haitiaan slave culture with me. I think you'll want to take a look at it too. Click to read the whole story.
According to game developer Naomi Alderman, the first great works of digital literature are already being written. She cites Portal, Kentucky Route Zero, Her Story, Gone Home, Passage, Journey, and Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor as exemplary examples. You can read the full article here. She doesn't think much of the field that is known as electronic literature though, but, despite what she says, it actually has many interesting examples of literary experimentation. You can read the Electronic Literature Organization's anthologies online: Volume 1 and Volume 2.
The New Yorker just woke up and realized that the Frankfurt School had something interesting to say. Read "The Naysayers: Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture" here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/naysayers
Here's a fascinating discussion of the problematic use of white actors in Blockbuster films. "Why fans want Scarlett Johansson removed from this upcoming film" explores Rupert Sanburg's controversial casting for a remake of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Japanese anime classic Ghost in the Shell.
Carolyn Guertin, PhD
is a scholar of emergent media, and a professor of digital technologies and adult education in the Faculty of Education at UOIT in Canada. She is also graduate faculty in the MFA and PhD programs at Transart Institute in Berlin. She is author of Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art (Continuum, 2012) Visit her website here.