The War on Media: We’re All Losers

Nathan Le Master February 21, 2017 No junkie can cook a fix as potent as what Trump is to the media. Just look at how profitable journalism has become in Trump’s America, whether it’s the two million raised by the The Young Turks, or the financial boon for older, establishment media like the Washington Post. Unless his successor proves to be more flamboyant than he … Continue reading The War on Media: We’re All Losers

Shia LaBeouf Pays the Troll Toll: How His Latest Performance Accidentally Captured America’s Noxious Social Climate Through A Stream Darkly

Nathan Le Master / Colter Harris February 14, 2017 “The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, its staff, local residents and businesses.” And with that message, issued on February 10th, 2017 by the Museum of the Moving Image, the newest, most controversial political performance piece by child-star-turned-provocateur Shia LaBeouf was cut three years and 11 months short of … Continue reading Shia LaBeouf Pays the Troll Toll: How His Latest Performance Accidentally Captured America’s Noxious Social Climate Through A Stream Darkly

He Will Not Divide Us: A Timeline of Events

Nathan Le Master February 1, 2017 1/20/17 Bold, black, and Helvetica. The text He Will Not Divide Us appears above a camera and microphone aside The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, the latest performance art piece by Shia LaBeouf. Set up on Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as America’s 45th president, Shia intends for the camera to remain there throughout the entire duration … Continue reading He Will Not Divide Us: A Timeline of Events

Trump and The Russian Connection: Political Arm Wrestling

Nathan Le Master January 15, 2017 The story of Trump’s bromance with Putin keeps on spinning and spinning around the news cycle’s merry-go-round. Lines are being drawn, and teams are being drafted. In one corner you have a weird coalition consisting of Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, most Democrats, some Republicans, the liberal media, spearheaded by the CIA’s determination to paint Donald Trump as a pawn … Continue reading Trump and The Russian Connection: Political Arm Wrestling

This Way for the Execution Ladies and Gentlemen: 10 Sadistic Ways to Go

Nathan Le Master September 28, 2016 The Mona Lisa, democracy, Tesla motors, vaccines, space travel, the Great Pyramids, Infinite Jest. There is no cap to human creativity. We invent. We tinker. We create. We excel in every field we put our mind to, from art to zoology. As the anecdote goes, James Joyce spent a day working on Ulysses with only two sentences to show for … Continue reading This Way for the Execution Ladies and Gentlemen: 10 Sadistic Ways to Go

Duterte and the Bud Dajo Massacre

At the East Asia Summit last Friday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte took the opportunity to shock an audience of world leaders with the infamous black and white photograph of the 1906 Bud Dajo Massacre, depicting American soldiers posing proudly in a volcano crater littered with hundreds of corpses. In the wake of the president’s extrajudicial killings that has seen the deaths of more than 2,000 … Continue reading Duterte and the Bud Dajo Massacre