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The Death and Return of Superman

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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Your classmate, Melissa S., has forwarded choice excerpts from a book called¬†Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. For example, did you know that: “The United States dropped three times as many tons of explosives … Continue reading

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LSD in popular culture: The Beatles

Though John Lennon insisted that this song was not originally intended as a reference to LSD, the animated version for the film Yellow Submarine is not shy about psychedelic references.

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LSD in popular culture: FRINGE

This week, we discuss the role that LSD played in the political and cultural movements that transformed the globe in the 1960s. Throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, LSD was a relatively taboo topic in American popular culture. As … Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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Essay #4. Discovering Watchmen

1. The graphic novel Watchmenwas originally published as twelve separate issues. Each issue represented a different chapter in the story. The fifth issue, “Fearful Symmetry,” is particularly intriguing. In the first part of this assignment, you will uncover the secret … Continue reading

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What if Watchmen were a Saturday morning cartoon?

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“We got so high once in 1968 that we actually tried to start a band.”

In Criminal: Last of the Innocent, Riley Richard references a band he started with his friends back in 1968. You might be surprised to learn that the #1 song on the Billboard charts in 1969 was by a little band … Continue reading

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Truth, propaganda, or a little of both?

On Monday, we will watch very brief clips from the documentary Vacation Nicaragua¬†(Clearfield, 1986). As one synposis explains, “Director Anita Clearfield brought her cameras and crew along on a trip with 25 ordinary Americans as they toured Nicaragua to learn … Continue reading

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