POLITICAL INSIGHTS

The Stack: Masters of Mankind - Noam Chomsky

In his decades-long career, Noam Chomsky has transcended academia into pop culture; in effect he has become the epitome of the modern American intellectual. Through his scholarly work in the fields of linguistics and philosophy, and his willingness to challenge the political status quo, Chomsky has made a name for himself as one of the most articulate critics of contemporary society. Masters of Mankind reads like a greatest hits of Chomsky’s essays and lectures, with the seven collected in Masters of Mankind ranging from 1969 to 2013, covering a diversity of topics, all of which are explored with intelligent insight.
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Detour and the Denver Scene

Last week, the Crush Walls festival kicked off its seventh year. Set in Denver’s RiNo Art District, the week-long event brought together local, national and international artists together. Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony, Crush, originated with local graffiti artist Robin Munro [aka Dread] in 2010, and has since grown substantially, alongside Denver itself. As the Sold Mag Crew made its way around the festival, it was my mission to meet with Thomas Evans, better known as Detour.
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King of New York [pt. 1]

Rocko was caught in the crossfire. Legal threats were coming from the landlord’s lawyers and a public outcry was erupting across social media. The mayor’s office had gotten involved, and offers were coming from the Brooklyn Nets. An artist by trade and a lover at heart, Rocko never expected to find himself at the center of a public feud. The situation had escalated in a matter of days, spiraling out of control. Rocko was stressed, on the frontline of the divide, pleading for peace from deaf ears. All the same, the founder of SpreadArtNYC wasn’t entirely surprised. People were willing to fight to defend the King of New York.
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King of New York [pt.2]

Gentrification continues to wash over Brooklyn, displacing communities, and fragmenting neighborhoods. The commercialization of culture is a booming industry and the vultures of capitalism are always eager to exploit rising artistic movements. It can be demoralizing to artists, caught in the riptide of the city, trying to keep your head above water. This story says only what it may say, about hip-hop, street art, and the Notorious B.I.G. But the King of New York is something bigger.
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