Cultural Studies


When the most powerful man on the planet takes office and by doing so becomes just that (most powerful), how could it not draw all sorts of commentary from all sides. I’ll restrict myself to what one can learn from the pages of the Language Log.
There is an interesting discussion on the flub Obama, or […]

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For nostalgia’s sake – a videoclip about Aberystwyth and its university. There wasn’t any bungee jumping in my days there (Sept 1979 to April 1980), but apart from that, all the good things seem to have been kept.
If you don’t know yet where Aberystwyth is – have a look at this map. And don’t forget […]

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(1) Recommended:
Happy Christmas by Geoffrey Pullum.
NB: It’s “Happy Christmas” – maybe “merry” is getting a little dated? 😉
(2) “Christmas under fire (1940)” – well worth watching because this is what many people in Britain still remember when they think of “the Germans”:

[Another valuable find at the Open Culture blog.]

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If you haven’t heard of Rebecca Carrington – Cellist, singer, impressionist and comedian – well, have a look:

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In today’s New York Times, Wendell Jamieson writes about the classic Christmas movie, James Stewart and Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, and emphasizes how it’s not mainly a sugary-sweet feelgood movie, but
a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, […]

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Again, the Open Culture blog has something to make me watch and click and read: David Bowie and Bing Crosby Sing “The Little Drummer Boy”.
They link to the background story to that at the site of the Washington Post (20 Dec 2006) and include the embedded YouTube video which I’m also, gratefully, offering here – […]

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Just two things (and one thing more) on the impressive success of Barack Obama:

An Economist article on the importance of being e…lected: Great expectations of Barack Obama.
A video on how Obama used the Internet to gather votes: Barack Obama and the Internet (see below).

Embedded video from CNN Video
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One thing more: Wie wär’s mit einem kleinen […]

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