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Year of the Queer

Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality

Truthdig’s Larry Gross, a pioneer in the field of gay studies, argues that for all the hoopla surrounding “Brokeback Mountain” and this year’s spate of gay-themed films, there is little about them that upends Hollywood conventions or challenges popular ideas about homosexuality. “Hollywood and much of the media may be awash in liberal self-congratulation,” Gross writes, “but they—and we—are also soaking in the familiar hypocrisy of homophobia.” Update: Down to the Wire

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


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In Google, Yahoo, Should We Trust?

For years, we’ve been supplying the oracles of Google and Yahoo with the most intimate details our personal health, political leanings, and secret obsessions.

The government is already combing through Internet archives.

Mark Malseed, co-author of the international bestseller “The Google Story,” argues that it’s time we started asking better questions about our queries.

Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Prays Beside Cheney

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

Building on his “President Jonah” theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush’s presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


The Wounded of Iraq

The Forgotten Wounded of Iraq

Ron Kovic, veteran of the Vietnam War and author of the reissued classic “Born on the Fourth of July,” writes a compelling and empathetic piece on his personal experiences and concerns for a new generation of veterans returning from war.

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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The Big Blowup Over Venezuela

Update:  Hugo Chavez and the Latin American left picked up an important new ally when, a few weeks ago, peasant leader Evo Morales (shown at right here) was elected as president of Bolivia.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


Atheism

An Atheist Manifesto

Sam Harris argues against irrational faith and its adherents.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


China: Boom or Boomerang

China: Boom or Boomerang

At the same time that China is recording huge increases in trade surpluses and currency reserves, deadly riots are breaking out on the outskirts of some of the country’s largest cities. In this Dig, scholar Orville Schell challenges the current wisdom about China being an inevitable superpower and unstoppable economic force.

Posted on Dec 3, 2005 READ MORE


Religous Figures

Inventing Sin: Religion and Homosexuality

No matter their own scandals, religious institutions through history have a consistent scapegoat: homosexuals.  Larry Gross digs into why churches condemn gays to damnation.

Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE


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