TV can’t reboot its way out of its past errors, any more than an individual can fix their past trauma by reliving it, over and over again.
The show’s white, middle-age, upper-class liberals clumsily realizing their privilege are an accurate mirror of some of its viewers.
The turn toward an aesthetic of Black excellence on TV reveals a mode of self-fashioning that celebrates neoliberal markers of merit and prestige.
“Picard” is perhaps the least utopian of any “Star Trek” media. But’s that because its political pragmatism shows how to build a better reality.
“Star Trek: Picard,” “And Just Like That…,” “Bel-Air,” “Reboot”: even within our age of the reboot, old stories offer new insights.
“I’m looking for [companies] where, you know, at the end of it, there’s some big payoff… You know, would that excite me?”
Prestige TV, which has a presumptively liberal audience, churns out a steady diet of illiberal fare. Shows like “Succession” force the viewer to ask why.
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
American overseas imperialism functions most powerfully through its infrastructures—debt, education, bureaucracy, mobility—filtered through DHS.
In her new book, Belén Fernández is driven by an urge to expose empire’s death-making machine, even if it means exposing her own absurd participation in it.
Women invented cyberspace. Yet today’s internet rewards misogyny with fame, wealth, and power. Could it be otherwise?
Whether destroying the Mona Lisa or whole museums, why does contemporary film and TV want us to watch the art world burn?
“What would a successful war novel look like? This question concealed a deeper question I had: What would a truthful Kashmir novel look like?”
Changing myself and my classroom might help me renew my one-year contract, but it cannot prepare me to demand an alternative.
It is powerful and affirming to consider the unique qualities that queerness brings to leadership.
Whatever writing is today, it is not self-evident.
To ask what kind of city Los Angeles is today is, also, to wonder what kind of city it could be tomorrow.
Ten years later, the Gezi Park protests continue to shape Turkish politics.
“‘Them’ remakes the naturalist tradition of novels for a society that seems … incapable of ending an addiction to racist violence.”
As the planet warms, environmental destruction obliges us to revise the technoscience expertise and institutions once based on colonial legacies.