The dominance of the “Four Bros Alliance” in Big Brother

(for context if someone reads in the future : this post was written during Big Brother Canada 7, Cory's HOH week, the first eviction of Jury) The current season of Big Brother, Big Brother Canada 7, has been dominated by a single alliance, The Pretty Boys, made up of four bros. Pretty Boy Adam said … Continue reading The dominance of the “Four Bros Alliance” in Big Brother

Analyzing art that resists analysis, featuring ‘Burnout Paradise: Remastered’

Recently, I've been playing Burnout Paradise Remastered on PS4. It's a fun game, and I can't believe I didn't play it when it originally came out in 2008. I wanted to write about, but kept wondering what there was to write. I could describe the gameplay, the graphics, the music, etc. But what would anyone … Continue reading Analyzing art that resists analysis, featuring ‘Burnout Paradise: Remastered’

The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Christian Patterson2019-02-15Underground MallSupplemental Introduction:I posted this on reddit and got some pushback, so before the post, I wanted to clarify a few things, because the pushback was rooted in misunderstanding my approach:1. This post is through the lens of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (TRPF) in general. Although I'm approachimg it … Continue reading The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class

Christian Patterson2019-02-08Underground Mall I wanted to do a quick Marxist reading of an episode of The Office. I was struck by how this episode has a lot to say about class and gender. The episode opens with women's day at the office, where corporate ballbuster Jan comes in to lead a very Cheryl Sandberg version … Continue reading Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class

Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital