Monthly Archives: August 2012

What does celebrity activism accomplish?

Those concerned I’m not doing anything with my PhD will be pleased to know my works comprise a third of Al Jazeera’s Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian coverage. My latest, Does Celebrity Activism Matter?, takes on campaigns to raise “awareness” … Continue reading

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Crisis in the Academy

My article on the employment crisis in higher education, The Closing of American Academia, has been shared over 10,000 times on Facebook and is still one of the highest trafficked articles on Al Jazeera. Yesterday I was a guest on … Continue reading

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The Conversation Continues

So, how is everyone enjoying the first day of school? The Closing of American Academia is still burning up the internet. It has been republished on Alternet, ZNet and discussed on dozens of blogs and websites. It has inspired a … Continue reading

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Now That I Have Your Attention…

Two days in and The Closing of American Academia is still the most trafficked article on Al Jazeera, with over 5000 Facebook shares and 1000 tweets. It has prompted an overwhelmingly positive and passionate response and some interesting blog posts, … Continue reading

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On American Academia

Yesterday I published an article, The Closing of American Academia, which went viral and is currently the most-read and most-shared article on Al Jazeera’s website.  It has generated a lot of discussion about exploitation, elitism and academic culture, as well … Continue reading

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Pussy Riot Are Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents

In case you don’t have enough Pussy Riot coverage in your life (or coverage of Pussy Riot coverage), I have added to the over-saturation with my latest for Registan: In 2005, film critic Nathan Rabin coined the phrase Manic Pixie Dream … Continue reading

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Why I Censored Myself

I got an email last week from a woman from Uzbekistan who is now living outside the country. She had read my Atlantic article about Gulnara Karimova, liked it, and decided to post it on her Facebook page. She then … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With the Karimovs

I have a new article about Gulnara Karimova, the 40-year-old daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan. Gulnara is a businesswoman known for her ties to organized crime and usurping of Uzbek enterprise, but she also likes to record breathy dance … Continue reading

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