On June 15, 1998, the US Supreme Court declared that the National Endowment for the Arts had the right to take "into consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public" when determining whether artists are worthy of NEA funding. That landmark decision was the key moment in a case filed by four artists -- Karen Finley, Tim Miller, John Fleck, and Holly Hughes -- who lost their NEA funding because their work was deemed to be indecent. The artists sued the NEA for breach of promise and violation of their First Amendment rights, took it to the top, and lost. Eventually, the artists did get their grants reinstated, but the culture wars continued to rage and the NEA was essentially eviscerated. I was first exposed to Finley in 1986 through her infamous dance track, "Tales of Taboo," heard in this YouTube clip. The DJ at the alternative/punk/gay/freak club where I hung out would play it to either clear the dance floor, or fill it, depending on how many "bridge-and-tunnel" types had made the scene that night. NSFW. Listen with headphones. Trust me.
Mark Marcino writes, “Boingers might be interested in this new free 3-week course I’m co-teaching with UnderAcademy College founder Talan Memmott: How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump. It starts Jan. 20, of course.”
Two years ago, the NoPhone launched to rave reviews as the most minimalist yet secure handset on the market. The NoPhone Selfie is the long-awaited follow-up, adding the ability to picture the user themselves without adding significantly to the unit’s price. At $18, the NoPhone Selfie remains among the cheaper options. Mine has a problem, […]
Veronica Birkenstock is Practical Employee Solutions, a company that boasts of having brought “over 40,000” cheap H-2B workers from 80 countries to the USA to work in “hospitality, landscaping, welding, and construction” for companies like Marriott and Starwood Hotels, for whom it is the “preferred vendor.”
Holiday shopping is in full swing, and the Striiv Touch is one of the best gift ideas I’ve landed on. Its simple design works for females and males, and its wide range of features makes it suitable for even the non-fitness enthusiasts in your life.Unlike traditional fitness trackers, the Striiv Touch also acts as a smartwatch. It […]
The Pocket Tripod PRO had massive Kickstarter success in 2013, raising almost $85,000 in a single month. But this isn’t just another case of pre-release product hype. This ingenious little device folds out from a credit-card-shaped plastic slab into a sturdy stand with a surprisingly wide range of motion. In portrait orientation, your phone slides […]
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]