Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren

December 20th, 2014 by LB

In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign. Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well. Sherman Alexie This week in colonial propaganda masquerading as history, we have Ralph Lauren …read more

Ursula K. LeGuin: “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.”

November 29th, 2014 by LB

Reprinted from Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who transcribed Le Guin’s speech: Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in parentheses …read more

Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

October 14th, 2014 by LB

Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. Via Vancouver Sun © Royal British Columbia Museum, reprinted with permission I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are. In fact I may be as fed up with hipster-bashing as I am with the hipster phenomenon itself—in all its varieties. I think what is most …read more

Online terrorist threats against women – Anita Sarkeesian in Utah

October 13th, 2014 by LB

For the record, and because it’s an artefact of our times, here’s a screenshot of the terrorist email threat against feminist activist Anita Sarkeesian in Utah. As Skepchick pointed out, we do need to call this what it is: terrorism. (Click twice on the image to zoom in on the email, or see it at Skepchick here.)

The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

August 13th, 2014 by LB

This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city or who are urban or civic politics nerds but may not be acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA). In power for many years, the NPA was recently all-but eliminated by a new developer-funded party, Vision Vancouver. However, lately the NPA seems to be attempting a …read more

Oh Vancouver just stop

August 13th, 2014 by LB

Yes, the official ScanBC Twitter account which monitors the electronic communications of BC’s emergency services has reported that Vancouver Police are on scene with a male robbed of his gold chain and his purse and Seymour St  & W Hastings St. Suspect fled in white BMW This almost reads as a form of time travel in which the new Vancouver reality is overlaid upon the old. Or as William Gibson …read more