Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

You make a grown man cry

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and the other very excited nerds at the Windows 95 launch.

Fitting because I was helping my mother with her work PC earlier and it was really was like going back in time.

Bill’s little hop.

I like the comments:
“Gates is flapping his hands like a seal.

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National Aboriginal Day – Wab Kinew’s “500 years in 2 minutes”

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Happy National Aboriginal Day everyone!

Wab Kinew, always concise, does 500 years of ‘Canadian’ history in 2 minutes.

“So what went wrong? It wasn’t always like this when we started down the path. When the settlers first arrived the natives welcomed them, and helped them out.

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“When Hipsters Dream of the 1890s” – an abridged version of my hipster essay is now in Briarpatch Magazine

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Briarpatch Magazine, one of Canada’s oldest lefty political mags, has published an abridged version of my earlier essay on heritage hipsters and colonialism redux.

If you want to read the original and longer post (with a far drier title) it is here: Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

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Murder Murder

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Apparently this is not a renegade settler war party, it’s a new “bloodgrass” band from Sudbury in Northern Ontario called Murder Murder.  You can listen to their banjo-esque non-Northern-Ontario-ish neo-bluegrass murdery numbers at the link above.

Music aside—and the imported Appalachia sound is a whole other issue—here I’m just going to look at their fashion, promotion and visuals.

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Mountain Don’t

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

As a friend pointed out upon seeing this ad, “do we really need Mad Max meets Deliverance”? Actually it would be fantastic to see Tina Turner swaggering in there and knocking something over, a table maybe, or the narrative, but she is exactly not what this nostalgic fantasy is about.

Mountain Dew’s new soft drink is Dewshine, (click the link – it’s amazing), which they’re calling a “backwoods original.”

I didn’t foresee Mountain Dew™ getting in on the heritage hipster/lumbersexual thing too, but everyone else is and it just won’t die, so maybe it was inevitable. 

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DSquared’s provocational fashion line & #Dsquaw hashtag

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Despite all the backlash to Ralph Lauren’s genocide chic advertising campaign last year, it seems designers have either learned nothing, or conversely they’ve learned that outrage is free and effective PR in the fashion world.

This time it is a Canadian designer using racism and cultural appropriation to sell clothes.

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