Cut Off

The Mütter Museum’s permanent exhibition about Civil War medicine is of a piece with the rest of the collections on display: meant to be, as the museum director has said, “a kick in the gut.” In one display case there is a broken skull of a solider shot through both eye sockets. Nearby there is a long pair of “ball forceps” used to remove bullets lodged in various body parts. There are samples of the Minié ball, the conical lead bullet... Read More

For Aaron Swartz, A #pdftribute

A few years ago when I was an undergraduate at NYU, I took a course that would put me on my course to my current research agenda. This was even before I knew I had a research agenda ahead of me. It was Biella Coleman’s Hacker Culture & Politics class. And it was the kind of class you left with an idea-high, that feeling that made you endlessly excited about the prospect of figuring stuff out in the world. Part of the course’s genius... Read More

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The Culture Lab is a forum for researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania committed to exploring, enriching, and elucidating the contours of culture and communication. We are interested in culture as it is, as it takes shape, and as it is remembered. We are interested, in other words, in culture anywhere that it exists.
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