Punk And Irony Are Dead; Long Live The Hard Times

So there was that news report that went around a few weeks back, “Singer Billy Joel Quits Green Day.” (“The hardest decision I have ever made in my 65 years on this earth.”) Or the one the other day, “Punk Photographer Takes Every Middle Finger Personally.” (“They are all nice to me one minute and then treat me like…

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Charlie Hebdo Is France's Answer To South Park, Or Vice Versa

Most Americans woke up last Wednesday, scrolled through social media, learned of the Paris terrorist attack that left 12 dead, and, within minutes, had formed an opinion about a French satirical newspaper they'd never heard of. A consensus emerged: Charlie Hebdo (typical print run: 60,000) was an equal-opportunity…

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