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Friday, April 28th, 2006
12:03 pm

brimaxwellzim
Hey,

It's been fun being co-section leader and running culture studies these past 3 semesters. We've covered a broad range of unique topics in multiple unique locales, and I hope people have learned something from the section's discussions. Mercy and I faithfully leave the section in the hands of my good friend, Joanna. Besides being the new section leader for next year, she is now also the new maintainer of this web community. Y'all should go to her section next year and keep these discussions going.

In conclusion, I think that I've learned that "culture" is an ambiguous term. Some believe that one's culture only has biological and ethnoregional connotations. For example, some odd political parties in Italy feel that the North is an autonomous culture they call the Pandian. However, I also suppose that there is a genetic make-up for a Sicilian. Shawn, a previous member and Demarite now living in Italy, is an example of this. Yet, culture isn't just the ethnic and regional alone. Instead, it's also based around the interests, social relations and practices that define our lives. For example, punks, bohemia and conservatism are all different cultural phenomena. Thus, a culture can also be a lifestyle that may even be a part of some form of artistic and religious expression, consumerism or pop culture. What the section also painfully found during many a meeting is that the cultural is fused with the political. Various nationalities and lifestyles continually come into conflict with the state, sometimes they are even directed by the state, and we've found that cultures are usually related to politics in some form or another. For example, the recent immigrant protests represents the strong feelings of a group of Americans, however, this group is in many ways closely related to the policies of the United States government.

Given all of this, how is culture to be defined then? By ethnicity, region, lifestyle, or political nation? Is there one quality that is the core principle of the "cultural," or do all the previous qualities equally play their part in the defintion? I have no fucking idea, I've never taken a class in cultural anthropology or sociology, but exploring all the issues we have has made for some great late-night conversations.

Thanks,
Brian

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Saturday, March 25th, 2006
2:26 pm

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
3:48 pm - It's coming ...

brimaxwellzim
KLINGON CULTURE (coming soon a trekkie culture or star trek section, hopefully to be run by peeps i asked @ http://rutgers.facebook.com/group_profile.php?gid=2013!)



And coming in the near future ...

SURF CULTURE TO BE RUN IN THE INDOOR BUSCH RECREATIONAL POOL!

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
11:31 am - Internet Cultural Studies

brimaxwellzim
So, last night's culture studies meeting on the internet was a lot of fun. We went to the computer lab and did our discussion in an AIM chatroom, and there was a surprise at the end. Chatrooms and the internet breed anonymity, and chaos. We definitely found this out last night. Psychogeography at culture studies, or changing the environment where we hold culture studies, is always a lot of fucking fun.

http://eden.rutgers.edu/~clincher/culturestudies.html

http://eden.rutgers.edu/~clincher/demachat_feb_28_06.html

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Monday, January 30th, 2006
8:01 pm - A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .

brimaxwellzim
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Monday, January 23rd, 2006
10:55 pm - Taboos

brimaxwellzim
A week from this Tuesday, January 31st, Culture Studies is holding a mini-section event on Taboos. Not only will there be two large pizzas, one plain and the other half anchovies, half pineapple, but there will also be around 9 or 6 beef tongue tacos. So please, come and talk about taboos, and eat some weird shit you'd normally be repulsed by.

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006
10:53 pm - First section topic?

brimaxwellzim
Well, the first section of the new semester is coming up and I was wondering what everyone wants to talk about. What do you want to discuss? I think, as a good introductory and basic topic, we could just discuss Race Relations this semester, but all of this is also up to you.

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
10:03 am - Question

brimaxwellzim
Does anyone have DOOM, or DOOM II? I'd really like to play it. Also, is the new DOOM III or Final Doom very good?

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
7:28 pm - rokk

xthinkpositivex
This week is Rich Marin's project on the history of gaming. Next week History/Poli Sci wants to collaborizate on a section on cultural differences. If you haven't done a project yet, think about jumpin in on that shit next week.

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11:54 am - Rich Marin

brimaxwellzim
Plan out yr section on the Evolution of Gaming Culture, perhaps, we can get Angelo and 3rd floor peeps to actually come out of their rooms and go to section with this one ... I also suppose that once again I'll make the ridiculously looking Adobed flier which will include a picture of yr bootiful face.

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
9:00 am - Question

brimaxwellzim
Georgiarepublic, vectorsplatter, and ihavemeaning, are y'all Rutgers graduates or just people who randomly stumbled upon our blog?




current mood: The Rebel Republic

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
11:11 pm - Culture Studies this Tuesday!

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Thursday, September 29th, 2005
2:06 pm - grrrrrunge

xthinkpositivex
Hey cats n kittens
Mary from Music App wants to collaborizzate with us and do a section on grunge culture. Anybody wanna help her out (yes, that counts as you doing a section)?
xoxo
mercy

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
6:55 pm - A taste of occidentalism

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/08/0822_050822_chinese.html
http://nontroppo.org/blog/archives/2002/09/26/zen_and_the_brain.html

"To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to drop off our own body and mind and the bodies and minds of others. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly." - Dogen

"When a temple pillar becomes pregnant, how do we discern the absence of body and mind?” - Dogen

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
9:22 am - Inspired by Luke 21:1-4

fractal_empire
I guess this is a poll of sorts, I'd like to see how you guys feel about something like this:

Shortly after the New Orleans disaster occured, millions of people worked to help out in their own way. One person, a hospital volunteer from New York, heartstricken by the suffering that happened there, moved to the southern Louisiana area to spend a year devoted to rebuilding homes and caring for the impoverished. Meanwhile, a famous billionaire publicly donated $1 million in a flashy demonstration to help pay for the cause.

Who, in your opinion, did something greater?

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Sunday, September 18th, 2005
5:19 pm - Culture Studies tackles the Middle East

brimaxwellzim
A BELLY DANCER WILL BE THERE!

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Saturday, September 10th, 2005
8:36 pm - The Centurion

brimaxwellzim
Hello, I'm Brian co-section leader of the Demarest Hall Culture Studies section. For this semester, I've been working hard in planning various topics and possible events with Mercy Harper the other section leader. One of the activities that we brainstormed was to have the Centurion, the conservative Rutgers magainze, hold an event or run one Culture Studies meeting. For a few weeks now, I've been talking to James O'Keefe in Brower and over the internet and although he has yet to agree to it, he thinks that it's a good idea.

However, James is asking me what sort of ethical/conservative/philosophical arguments and issues that we, Demarites and philosophers alike, would like the Centurion to write about. Perhaps, this is a scratch my back, Ill scartch yours affair, and, I think it would be a good idea if we sent our answers to him. Appearently, none of us will be defamed if we answer with serious arguments and issues that one Sean Francis Cornely, http://rutgers.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8815369, will then write about or maybe publish our various possible topics as suggested.

Personally, I think that this is a good idea, and may not only give PR for Demarest but perhaps help bridge the gap between our oftentimes conflicting cultures. I'd send your serious response for which arguments are worth being printed in the Centurion to either Sean, James or through me.

Sincerely,
Brian Zimmerman

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5:53 pm

xthinkpositivex
If you wanna gear up for next section...
handout for next section meetingCollapse )

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5:40 pm - Culture Studies takes on the sixties

brimaxwellzim
Joint section with Music Appreciation!

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“When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal.” – Former President Richard Milhous Nixon

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
12:47 pm - A question for the creatively and politically minded

boardingschool
If you were to write a constitution for the government of your own country (population of several tens of millions, fair natural recources, no national debt), how would you describe the purpose of your government?

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