# The District

The politics (lite) and culture (heavy) of the arts. Opinions abound.

Strike Back - Ending Hollywood's Historic War on Workers

Strike Back - Ending Hollywood's Historic War on Workers

What effect did all of this end up having on Hollywood? A culture of abusive bosses, low pay, and hazardous working conditions that has continued for decades.

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3 min read

John Pollono and the Small Engine That Could

John Pollono and the Small Engine That Could

"... the country right now is so fucking political and divided that the only safety you have is if you feel that the art is regurgitating your own opinions and political beliefs back at you. I find that incredibly boring."

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36 min read

Twitter is a Dog from Hell

Twitter is a Dog from Hell

The way Bukowski has become seated in modern culture likely has a lot more to do with the audience's perceptions than the work itself.

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7 min read

How to Engage More Critically With Work We Love From Faves That are Problematic

How to Engage More Critically With Work We Love From Faves That are Problematic

More than one thing can be true at once: you can deeply love and appreciate a piece of art, and deeply disagree with its creator or its impact.

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3 min read

One Night with Kemp Powers...

One Night with Kemp Powers...

"I just want to put stuff out there that reminds people how we are not only interconnected, but we're codependent. And we won't accept that, like we actually kind of all need each other." - Kemp Powers

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41 min read

When We Get It Wrong

When We Get It Wrong

The artist’s response to pain is to counteract it with beauty—an urge to affirm life even as we are drowning. Sometimes we make magic. Sometimes we get it wrong.

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5 min read

A Pure Moment: James Kicklighter and "The Sound of Identity"

A Pure Moment: James Kicklighter and "The Sound of Identity"

“There comes a point in our life where we get to an age and see a little less in front of us ... it's about what we are we going to leave behind."

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14 min read

Not Another Reboot

Not Another Reboot

What about good, original storytelling? What about hearing what this generation of cartoonists and filmmakers and screenwriters want to say?

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5 min read

Four Women-Written Albums That Revolutionized Music

Four Women-Written Albums That Revolutionized Music

Women have influenced music throughout history—if they’re excluded from the narrative, then we will never have a true understanding of humanity’s current place in the world.

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8 min read

Art in Politics: An Abridged History - Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Art in Politics: An Abridged History - Censorship and Freedom of Expression

While propaganda can be perpetuated by anyone, regardless of their societal position, censorship is a unique tool that can only be used by those in positions of power.

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4 min read

Art in Politics: An Abridged History - Propaganda

Art in Politics: An Abridged History - Propaganda

What happens when that art goes from simply being influenced by politics to explicitly endorsing a political opinion? That, comrades, is when art becomes propaganda.

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4 min read

Art vs. Artist vs. Optics: Why We Wrote a Slapstick Comedy About Race, Even Though One of Us is a (Gulp) White Guy

Art vs. Artist vs. Optics: Why We Wrote a Slapstick Comedy About Race, Even Though One of Us is a (Gulp) White Guy

Jokes can be a weapon disguised as entertainment. And because of their disarming nature, they can be more effective in demonstrating a point about inequality, prejudice, or oppression than a serious speech or dramatic monologue.

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7 min read

#Content: The Internet and the Democratization of Art

#Content: The Internet and the Democratization of Art

For years, the rich and the powerful have been the unseen gatekeepers of art and culture, using the concept of “exposure” as an exploitative currency. And for the first time in human history, that paradigm has changed.

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6 min read

I Hate Citizen Kane. I Love Sonic The Hedgehog.

I Hate Citizen Kane. I Love Sonic The Hedgehog.

Life is just too damn short to prevent yourself from enjoying something as an adult that you as a kid would have gone crazy over, merely because it didn’t have a screening in Cannes.

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6 min read

Why Representation Matters

Why Representation Matters

It’s long overdue we stopped pretending that media representation has no influence over how people are treated in the real world.

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4 min read
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