Caleb Hildenbrandt

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“User-Generated” Is a Poor Substitute for “Reader-Submitted”

Why public opinion is boring.


Twitter thinks I live in Gwangju city, South Korea.

It’s mistaken—my actual location is on the other side of the world, in Dayton, Ohio—but I decided to change my account’s settings because I just couldn't stand to keep seeing “Trending Topics” in my…


Rusted-out Cultural Roots


I’ve lately been struck by the staggering beauty of the music video for Rusted Root’s 1995 song, “Send Me on My Way.” And at the risk of saying what has already been said by so many, so many times, I want to point out that the nineties were a simpler time. Granted, in 1995 I was seven years old, and I didn’t hear the song (like many people my age) until it was…


The Death of the Hero and the Power of the Gaze: Arrested Development’s Fourth Season as Cautionary

Arrested Development’s much-anticipated fourth season did away with the first three seasons’ (and, for that matter, most of mainstream…


The Death of the Hero and the Power of the Gaze


Rad-Fem Out to Sink Ships 

Andrea Coates’ Guerrilla War on Sexism and Misogyny


It’s impossible to spend any amount of time in the alt lit scene without

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Conversations with interesting people.


Memory as Void: An Interview with Ross Brighton


I first encountered Ross Brighton in an online discussion thread about French avant-garde writers, which quickly turned from a half-hearted exercise in shooting the literary breeze to a full-blown debate, in which Ross showed up everyone in the figurative room with his knowledge of… well, everything. I’ve kept an eye out since then for his


A Few Thoughts on Corporate Loyalty

Why does society scorn the underdog?


I remember when they started printing the large warning on coffee cups:


Truth in Broadcasting

The more people we talk to, the less we care what we’re saying.


We have this idea that the more private the communication, the more true. We tend to think that public declarations contain only the most basic, sterilized forms of truth, that press conferences and speeches are so edited from reality that they mean next to nothing. Generally…


When Crappy Infrastructure Makes for Good User Experience

It’s more fun when you can’t do much with it


“User-Generated” Is a Poor Substitute for “Reader-Submitted”

Why public opinion is boring.


Twitter thinks I live in Gwangju city, South Korea.

It’s mistaken—my actual location is on the other side of the world, in Dayton, Ohio—but I decided to change my account’s settings because I just couldn't stand to keep seeing “Trending Topics” in my…


Print Books Are Tacky

Or at least, they can be—we just don’t remember it.


I am, in some ways, a technology holdout. I didn’t own a cellphone until three years ago, and I still have never owned a smartphone. I have only a hazy idea of how to use an iPod, and I keep my computer’s UI set to Windows Classic because anything more recent than 1995 makes me feel ill…