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Are Tastemakers the New Influencers?
What’s the point of posting a song you like on your Instagram Story? Is it simply a mindless act of self-expression, or are you secretly hoping for someone to swipe…
Cosplaying the Working Class: The Ethics of Fictional Poverty in Cinema
The music video for Justin Bieber’s 2020 gospel-pop track “Holy” is disorienting, to say the least. Bieber, a multimillionaire, plays an oil-rig worker living in a motel with his partner.…
Filmmaker Bertie Gilbert on Performative Suffering and “Please Care!”
“My whole journey has been really unusual,” says Bertie Gilbert, impeccably framed and perfectly color-blocked in his Zoom window. After initially garnering YouTube fame as a vlogger, Bertie directed his…