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

Hope in the Grey Parts

This past weekend, I was presenting at a conference about disclosure, a small disability studies conference in Delaware. One of the people on my panel started her talk with a few clips of the famous 1978 “Hope” speech by the gay politician-martyr Harvey Milk. …you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will... Read More

Precisely Imponderable

When I was studying for the verbal section of the GRE, I made hundreds of note cards of the words that the various prep books promised I would see on the test. I remember having stacks of them on top of my dresser in my already-suffocating New York apartment. Once I hit the 1,200 mark, I decided to go digital. I bought a software called iFlash and transcribed them all into digital flashcards. I’ve kept adding to this little database. And in... 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

Culture Lab @ ASC.

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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