Pop Culture

Why Mod vs. Rockers-Style Subcultural Riots Don’t Happen Today

The 50th anniversary of England’s mod vs. rockers riots has inspired the current Mod Week here at Flavorwire, and as much as anything, the anniversary highlights a major difference between the musical subcultures of today and those of a couple of generations ago: that the fierce tribalism of the past seems to be absent from today’s cultural landscape. It’s hard to imagine #seapunks (if they still exist) and burners hurling deckchairs at one another, or pop-punk kiddies and goths having pitched battles over who gets to wear more guyliner. This, of course, is no bad thing — a riot is a riot, no matter whether it’s over politics or one’s preference for jazz over rock or Vespas over motorcycles. But still, it raises the question of why tribalism is in decline. Do kids these days care less about subculture? Or is it just that their allegiances manifest in different, less violent ways? … Read More

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9 Films Passed the Bechdel Test So Far This Year: Links You Need to See

Lily Allen hosted her first ever Reddit AMA, and it had a little gem for Game of Thrones fans. Find out what the creepy fact is in today’s links! … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The Bro — and Our Obsession With Him — Is a Symptom of Masculinity in Crisis

Pacific Standard recently published a fascinating essay by Jared Keller, entitled “The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro.” Keller’s essay is a response to a piece in VICE, which labels the American bro as “the worst guy ever.” The ongoing debate over exactly what a “bro” actually is, and what his existence means for society, is one that’s simmered online for the last couple of years. It’s a fascinating discussion, and one that gets to the heart of many of the most relevant questions about what masculinity means in the 21st century. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Lorde Gives Paparazzo Exactly What He Deserves: Public Shaming

If you follow Lorde’s Twitter — or you’ve read pretty much any news site this morning — you’ll know that she posted several times over the weekend, accusing a photographer by the name of Simon Runting of stalking her: “This man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. I am scared of him. This should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry.” Runting is apparently notorious in New Zealand, so much so that one of the landmark cases in New Zealand privacy case law bears his name. He’s a piece of shit, in other words. And Lorde is right to call him out. … Read More

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See How ‘Veep’s’ Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vice President Joe Biden Play Hooky from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

This is what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vice President Joe Biden don’t go to the White House “Snorrespondents’… Read More

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Shame the Snack Before You Body-Shame the Overweight Reptile: Links You Need to See

From the shady origins of your favorite neon-colored chip to the corpulence of the new Godzilla, today’s links may seem to tell a moralizing tale about what not to feed your mutant reptile. For those few who neither own a mutant reptile nor a bag of Doritos, you can feel free to skip to the other links. … Read More

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