Tag Archives: criticism

Supercontext: The Divided States of Hysteria by Howard Chaykin

This controversial comic series about terrorism and identity politics predicts a dystopia that not everyone is willing to agree with. We look at the angry arguments from both Howard Chaykin and his detractors about whether this is artistic expression or just shock value. And… we ask what no one else seems to address. Does Chaykin’s story successfully meet its intended goal?

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Supercontext: Blade Runner 2049

Does this film change the way we look at the world the same way its 1982 predecessor and Phillip K. Dick’s original 1968 story did? We look at the aesthetics of this brutal dystopian vision and how it portrays women, fertility, power and agency… all while its financiers struggle with creative accounting to justify another sequel.

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Supercontext: PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project

PJ Harvey’s latest album is her interpretation of the ironies of war. So why are Washington D.C. politicians criticizing it? And how did its production in a public setting contribute to Harvey’s overall artistic project?

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Supercontext: Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows’ NEONOMICON

Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ horror graphic novel NEONOMICON is explicit, graphically violent, and filled with rape scenes. But is there something more to this award-winning HP Lovecraft homage/critique? And should it be banned from libraries?

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