Strip Mining the Dukes of Hazzard

The plot of the recent Dukes of Hazzard remake is relatively straight-forward. Boss Hogg wants to create a strip mine in Hazzard County. To do so he needs permission from the Hazzard Country court and to get permission he needs to ensure that there are no objections from citizens. So he organises the spectacle of […]

Battleships

One of my fellow CCR postgrads over at PhDBlogIt has a very interesting post on sunken ships: “What intrigues me about these stories has something to do with the absurd – in the case of the search for the sunken HMAS Sydney II, the absurdity of spending significant amounts of public money to benefit a […]

Wolfe, Weber, and Car Customizing

Before he became an apologist for the neo-cons, in his famous article-cum-essay “Kandy-Kolored, Tangerine-Flaked, Streamline Baby” Tom Wolfe says: [C]ustomizing is beginning to be rationalized, in the sense that Max Weber used the word. This rationalization, or efficient exploitation, began in the late forties when an $80-a-week movie writer named Robert Peterson noticed all the […]