There's nowhere quite like Japan – or at least, that's how the Japanese government tells it.
A hand-painted folk portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger advertising a Ho Chi Minh City bodybuilding gym, photographed in 2011.
Vietnamese walls were once densely populated by hand-painted signs, a material culture now exceedingly rare.
The periodic table of the elements on a T-shirt.
Damon Hart Davis
The periodic table is one of the classic images of science that is found in labs as well as on t-shirts, mugs, even set to music. But what exactly is the periodic table?
Not what most Egyptians see when they look out their windows.
The pastiche-style poster art ubiquitous in Egyptian houses and businesses reveals how locals imagine far-off landscapes, idealise nature and define beauty.
A complex issue requires sensitive techniques.
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Subculture is on the decline, according to many pundits. But a trip to Whitby on certain weekends would demonstrate otherwise.
Donald Trump continues to lower the bar for presidential ‘debate’.
Donald Trump has used pop culture better than Hillary Clinton because he has made the campaign pop culture: reliant on mass entertainment and social media while lacking any depth.
January seems to be characterised by deluge of public mourning. But why do we do it?
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People have always loved a bit of old-fashioned villainy.
Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze.
House of Retro
An inspiration for Batman and Superman has faded into obscurity. Can he experience a revival?
Critics may sneer but pro-wrestling is a highly theatrical form.
A bawdy, sexist, overblown spectacle that celebrates a particularly regressive form of masculinity? The same might be said of a good deal of theatre – not to mention culture generally.
The sexist language of lads’ magazines is increasingly provocative and extreme.
Magazines like Zoo not only reproduce and legitimise sexist and predatory views of sexual violence and gender roles. They also make such attitudes seem normal and acceptable.
Why do people complain so much about ‘low-brow’ shows – yet still watch them?
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How do those who watch low-brow television shows rationalize their behavior? We found out.
“This theory complex but important and – hey look, it’s Kim Kardashian!”
Making science 'sexy' leads us to keep looking in the wrong place for the things science could do for us.
Through his music, Lead Belly rejected the stereotype that country music was the domain of white artists, while blues music was reserved for blacks.
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection depicts the fully-formed artist – a blues musician, yes, but also a performer of string-band, country and pop songs.
The debate around whether or not Taylor Swift should be in the running for Triple J’s Hottest 100 has sparked useful discussion about the role of the youth broadcaster.
This Monday on the Australia Day public holiday, Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 for 2014 will be announced live across the afternoon and evening. While the countdown is usually the ABC radio station’s highest…
Sir Paul McCartney thinks it’s ridiculous (but flattering) that people formally study The Beatles.
Sir Paul McCartney has been making some waves. On New Year’s Eve, Kanye West released a new single, Only One, a collaboration with The Beatles great on keys. On Twitter, Kanye’s fans reacted, wanting to…
Australiana is back with a vengeance in popular culture.
AAP Image/Angie Raphael
There’s a trend you might have noticed emerging in an array of Australian popular cultural forms at the moment. It announces the return of locally-grown pride: albeit one taken through the route of irony…
embodies the heroic scientist in Interstellar.
Interstellar’s protagonists spend a significant portion of the movie’s 169-minute running time giving mini-lectures – sometimes with props and a little whiteboard – on theoretical physics. The characters…
In the realm of pop culture, ‘killer clowns’ have really proliferated and fostered coulrophobia – the fear of clowns.
When Australian singer and TV personality Mark Holden appeared as a clown recently on Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars, his supposedly “bizarre” behaviour sparked furious debate and complaints to the…