interspersed between poetry, fiction and Corey Presha’s political and historical-influenced artwork, are a number of valuable written contributions appraising American culture and its politics. Two contributions, one on the #MeToo campaign, and another analysis of sexual consent and the delicate legality of it stand out in what is a highly analytical issue. Elsewhere there are essays on the rise of civil wars; various contributions that touch on Donald Trump’s presidency; and radical academic discourse.
// from the issue: manufacturing consent //
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issue 37, the winter edition of the baffler takes on the title of ‘power, corruption, and lies’. it’s a beautiful essay fest with topics ranging from the degradation of NFL to vanilla streaming services. it’s the latter of which that’s a standout essay from this issue, a damning appraisal of spotify and its ambition to “turn all music into emotional wallpaper”. elsewhere in the issue are political essays with its origin in the united states; the great rolling grift of payday lending; the surveillance-addled state of our movie screens and TV streams; and the antidemocratic dogma of public-choice theory.
// from the issue: the problem with muzak //