Culture Archive

My Elf On The Shelf And The Legend of Belsnickel

Elf on the Shelf is creepy. The face, the disproportionate limbs, the mythology dating back to the mid-1990s – it is all creepy, commercialized and secularized. Obviously, it is destined for greatness. The history of Christmas as a holiday and tradition is rife with cultural appropriation, secularization and lots of red-n-green washing. Trees became mainstream
Category: Family

What Does It Mean to Amplify?

The word amplify has been rolling around my brain for months now. I’ve been following two distinct, but interconnected threads on social media about the need for allies to amplify the voices of people of color and transgender people – in lieu of speaking for them. And let me be very clear here – these
Category: Activism

The Risks of Moving Beyond the Blog

This past weekend, I was part of a panel discussion about the #ArtisticVisionPgh project. The audience was small, but asked terrific questions. I think it went well. Video will be available in a few months. This panel also marked my unofficial entry into the world of blogger artist in residence. To be honest, that’s a
Category: Activism

Giveaway: Mary J. Blige Album The London Sessions

Enter to win The London Sessions from Mary J. Blige! THE LONDON SESSIONS the new album from global superstar MARY J. BLIGE Featuring the hit single “Therapy” and groundbreaking collaborations with UK talent including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Naughty Boy and more! Available December 2: http://smarturl.it/TheLondonSessions Follow Mary J. Blige on social media http://www.maryjblige.com http://facebook.com/maryjblige http://twitter.com/maryjblige
Category: Culture

Artistic Q&A: Vannevar Bush on The Art of Urban Observation

As part my NaBloPoMo examination of art and blogging, I asked a few folks to consider some of the same questions I’m pondering. Today, I’m sharing the responses from local blogger Vannevar Bush.   I first met Vannevar via Facebook when I posted about my fear of cycling in an urban environment. That conversation led
Category: Politics

Video For Our Podcamp Pittsburgh Panel on Art, Advocacy and Blogging

See you Sunday at my Podcamp Pittsburgh panel at 2 PM. NEW NEW ART VISION VIMEO with slides/ pics from Brian Cottington on Vimeo.
Category: Activism

Artistic Q&A: Maria Lupinacci on Absolute Blogging

As part my NaBloPoMo examination of art and blogging, I asked a few folks to consider some of the same questions I’m pondering. Today, we’ll be chatting with the other political junkie, Maria Lupinacci.   Maria is probably the first Pittsburgh blogger than I met in person – we first spoke on the phone and
Category: The Arts

Artistic Q&A: The Blogging Craftmanship of David DeAngelo

As part my NaBloPoMo examination of art and blogging, I asked a few folks to consider some of the same questions I’m pondering. Today, we’ll talk with David DeAngelo from the blog 2 Political Junkies.   I met David in early 2006 soon after I began blogging. Our blogging lives brought us to many of
Category: Activism