To speak ironically is to speak just for the effect. To speak superactually is to do something with words and take responsibility for that action. This is a book of short, provocative essays. Some are on fun topics in pop culture (hackers, dubstep, cat memes, thinking green, parkour, and the girl next door). Others are takes on technical topics in social theory (sensation, hype, discrimination, imagination, and the typical). This is a book to help smart people feel hip and hip people feel smart.
An analysis of the ways in which capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system.
How internet subcultures are conquering the mainstream, from from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right.
Collected essays on popular culture by a major critic.
A provocative challenge to the standard ideology that Western power is a benevolent force in the world.
An examination of why modern art can be easier to appreciate than modern music.
A theoretical investigation into the culture of precarious work, digital consumption and personal flexibility, calling for a counter-discourse of resistance.
In the age of global capitalism, vaporwave celebrates and undermines the electronic ghosts haunting the nostalgia industry.
Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.
How the East stayed East and the West stayed West.
Rhian E. Jones
Class and gender in Britpop and after, and why 'chav' is a feminist issue.