Posts Tagged: Andrew Hultkrans

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Cohen is the perfect age to write such a book, having lived approximately an even number of years on either side of the pre-Web/post-Web divide. He gets “kids these days” and partakes of their Net-fueled narcissism, owning it in a way that earlier writers never could, but he has the erudition and historical grounding of a much older man, equally at home with Python code, Yiddish poets, porn sites, and prehistorical fertility sculptures.

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How Western Pop Music is Being Used as ‘Touchless Torture’ by the American military

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A U.S. Special Operations soldier sits by a speaker mounted on a Humvee, near Basra, Iraq (2003)

A U.S. Special Operations soldier sits by a speaker mounted on a Humvee, near Basra, Iraq (2003)

From Frieze Magazine: “As reported by the BBC, the Guardian, the Associated Press, Newsweek, The Nation, Mother Jones, SPIN and others (while mocked by right-wing columnists from the Chicago Tribune and The New York Sun), Western pop music has been employed to disorient, ‘prolong capture shock’ and ‘break’ detainees into confession, often through a strategic mixture of high volume, repetition and cultural offensiveness.

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