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Yet Another Article about Iggy Azalea: All’s Fair Dinks in Love (Money) and Hip-Hop

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Call:  A friend recently asked me to respond to some of his recent inquiries about the Iggy Azalea phenomenon.  He asks, “So I’ve read a handful articles about Iggy Azalea and “cultural appropriation.” I didn’t really know who that was… Continue Reading

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Plagiarism and Leakology

Plagiarism is a concept best understood through leakology.  This pervasive cultural practice perversely lurks somewhere between seduction and sin, narcissism and insecurity, voyeurism and exhibitionism.  Although it is tempting to categorize the plagiarists’ actions as theft, their flagrant disregard for… Continue Reading

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Betty Boop’s Cultural Origins Reveal Links between Race, Gender, and New Media History

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Call:  Madame Noire’s Featured Article:  Michelle Obama Still the First Black Lady?  Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Were Black. Response:  This engaging article has its merits, but illustrates the problem with web styling data for an agenda. Recovering black history… Continue Reading