Ministry of Cool

Reznor and Williams, Reviewed

 For duo, remixes and industry retribution run high

By John Napolillo

Year Zero, Nine Inch Nails’ fifth studio album, was set to drop April 2007; its remixed counterpart, Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, was to be released that following November. Accordingly, these albums were the final requirements before fulfilling front man Trent Reznor’s contractual obligations with Interscope records.

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The Rise and Fall of “Hip”

A pervasive, over-extended term on its way out 

By Elliot Feedore

What is it to be hip? If the answer to that question were simple, a lot of people would look upon their high school years more favorably. It’s something that’s simultaneously obvious, obscure, clear-cut and yet subjective. Trying to find a bona fide hipster is like asking people if they’re a good driver: some people who seem to have all the trappings will take offense to being categorized as such; certain posers, however, will go out of their way to claim the title. Attempting to analyze hipness is fairly square (blame my editor); I probably won’t end up with a concrete answer anyway, and existential ambiguity is nothing if not hip (thank Camus).

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Immune to the Virus?

Viral marketing may be the cure for advertisers’ woes 

By Kimber Doolittle

It’s Friday afternoon. You just got out of your last class of the day. Walking through the halls, incessant tablers call out to you about their club. A few minutes later, you step on a flyer that has fallen off a cluttered bulletin board. Finally, you reach your room, sit down, turn to your computer and get bombarded with pop-up ads as you search the web. Clicking out of them furiously, you wonder, who cares about these advertisements anymore?

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The (Unknown) People vs. Scientology

Dissenters fight the pseudo-religion with anonymity

By Cassandra Leveille

Scientology has a tenuous history of trying to be accepted as a legitimate religion. Although it’s officially considered one in the United States, this status is dubious in other countries. In December 2007, Germany even made moves to ban Scientology entirely. The country based this decision on what is perceived as numerous human rights violations against its own members—instances that were reported by former Scientologists. They also insist that the Church presents a threat to democracy in Germany.

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Cyclical Culture

Our nostalgic bric-a-brac is recycled every 20 years

By Elliott Feedore

Funny how trends work. Something is fashionable for a few years, ridiculed for about a decade thence, brought back into popularity and then finally cast off like an ex-girlfriend that you’ve gone back to only to break up with again. Unlike erstwhile companions, however, music, apparel and pop culture phenomena resurge at relatively regular intervals: 20 years, to be exact.

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Geek Hunt

Searching for the socially stunted at IC

By Andy Swift

When I logged into my Webmail account in late October, I expected to find the usual list of garbage: Facebook notifications, possibly a spicy Intercom Alert and, of course, angry e-mails from my professors asking about late assignments. I was surprised, however, when the page loaded and I saw an e-mail “seeking Ithaca College students to intern for a reality show on The CW.”

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The Wrong Kind of Green

The paradox of environmental consumerism

By Julia Pergolini

I recently saw an article on Baristanet, a local community blog based in New Jersey, about shoppers’ obsession with Whole Food’s newly released reusable bags. I thought this was a great idea, considering we accumulate massive amounts of waste in plastics, annually — a mind-boggling estimation of about 150 bags per person, per year. Others apparently shared my enthusiasm, for on the day these eco-friendly bags were released in the uppity town of Montclair, N.J., the article reported a line about 60 people long outside of the store. But when the reporter asked a woman why she was there, she responded, “It’s about status.” So according to this class-conscious shopper, investing in green products is not only a form of environmental support, but also a way to maintain her elitism.

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Writing Off Hollywood

Why Jack Bauer won’t be saving you this January

By Joseph Puralewski

There is no “Jay Leno”; there is no “Conan O’Brien.” “Desperate Housewives,” “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have all wrapped up their final shows. “24” is on an indefinite hiatus. And now, big budget Hollywood movies are feeling the pressure of the writers’ strike; “Angels and Demons,” the next Dan Brown feature film, has been pushed back to a May 2009 release as a result. It’s an odd thought that when America turns on their televisions come January they will tune in to primetime reruns and reality shows, but as the strike continues to hold strong, it’s slowly becoming a viable possibility.

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Script this House!

“Flipping” off home makeover TV

By Emily Stoner

Sam Leccima is a con man. His real estate license was revoked in 2005 by the Georgia Real Estate Commission, with a panel ruling he “does not bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence.” But he continued practicing as a real estate agent anyway. Sonya McGee, an Atlanta pharmaceutical representative who contracted Leccima says that he took $4,000 from her in an investment scheme. He also faked home repairs with quick, temporary patch-ups to impress potential buyers.

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I’m Not There (Sony, 2007)

The soundtrack of “I’m Not There” is as varied as the six different Dylans in Todd Haynes’ experimental biopic. The roster combines contemporary indie darlings with rock and folk trailblazers of years past — Richie Havens, Willie Nelson, and John Doe to name a few. This mix also takes the form of The Million Dollar Bashers, a super-group put together as a backing band for many of the artists on the soundtrack. The band is comprised of members of Sonic Youth, Wilco, Television, Medeski Martin & Wood and Bob Dylan’s own touring group.

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Whaling Wall Matthew Farrell
Chow Feng Shui Josh Elmer
Stained Glass Ceiling Emily McNeill
Anarchitect Mike Berlin
SaHarrison Desert Harrison Flatau
Metrolollipopolis Jennifer Konerman
Tropic of Scurvy Heather Newberger
Copy Editors Danielle Sherwood
  Jenna Scatena
  Elliott Feedore
Adviser Mary Beth O’Connor
Chief Residents Abby Bertumen
  Kelly Burdick
  Bryan Chambala
  Sam Costello
  Cole Louison
  James Sigman

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