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CS 038: Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity Pt. 1 with Kom Kunyosying and Carter Soles (10/16/2017)



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Today we have Kom Kunyosying and Carter Soles on to discuss their 2012 article “Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity”. This article is very dense and has a lot of different ideas making up its thesis, so we didn’t feel we could contain the discussion within a single episode. Therefore it’s a two-part episode, with this being the first part. Both parts are free and not bonus premium episodes. Subscribers to Patreon will have access to a combined version of this episode with the full two hour interview as one file however.

Dr. Kom Kunyosying completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon where he studied the overlap between iconic and ethnic representation in U.S. comics in relation to other visual and prose media. He has published essays on the rise of geek culture for Jump Cut (with Carter Soles) and on metonymy and ecology in Charles Burns’s Black Hole for Interdisciplinary Studies Literature Environment. His essay with Carter Soles, “The Walking Dead’s Hyperreal Hillbilly: Horror, Melodrama, and Backwoods White Protagonists,” is in the forthcoming anthology, “There’s Us and the Dead”: Identity Politics in The Walking Dead (McFarland). He teaches Writing and Literature at Nashua Community College. He can be contacted at kkunyosying@ccsnh.edu.

Dr. Carter Soles completed a Ph.D. at University of Oregon. Carter Soles is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at The College at Brockport (SUNY). His research interests include geek studies, gender and identity studies, film authorship, and the comedy and horror genres. He has published articles on the queerness of the independent film Chuck&Buck (2000) for Jump Cut and on the figure of the hillbilly in 1970’s horror cinema for The Eco-Cinema Reader(Routledge, 2012). His profile can be found here: https://www.brockport.edu/academics/english/directory/soles_carter.html. He can be contacted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cartersoles

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Preview of CS 037: The Arrogance of Dismissal (10/18/2017)



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This is a solo episode where I discuss something called The Arrogance of Dismissal. I got the term from an interview DJ Vlad did with Pras, formerly of the Fugees. It’s a concept that describes why white people often fall prey to cultural phenomenons that are utterly predictable and avoidable, but keep making the same mistakes due to a blind spot in their analysis that comes from a cognitive bias created by white supremacy that keep them from learning from examples that involve nonwhite people

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CS 036: Pumpkin Spice Supremacy feat. Torraine Walker (10/07/2017)



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Today, prolific freelance writer Torraine Walker (https://twitter.com/torrainewalker) joins us to talk about the Cam Newton sexism controversy and how he managed to uncover racist tweets by the white feminist reporter at the heart of the controversy, and how the mainstream media and white feminists are choosing to only focus on Newton’s sexism while minimizing and ignoring the female reporter’s racism.

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Preview of CS 035: The Woke In Review (10/07/2017)



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Discussion of various topics in the news:


CS 034: Restaurant Chains and Slave Chains (09/24/2017)



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The first half hour is us talking about chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory for some reason, then the conversation turns to Colin Kaepernick and the #takeaknee controversy.


Preview of CS 033: Straight Black Men Are The White People of Black People



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We discuss the recent Very Smart Brothas “Straight Black Men are the White People of Black People”
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CS 032: Blerds (09/17/2017)



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We open up discussing recent developments with the Michael Slager case, then we go into the topic of blerds (Black Nerds) in response to a question from a listener about why I always go in on them.

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Preview of CS 031: Black Immigrants And White Supremacy (09/17/2017)



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Today D. Mills (http://twitter.com/mdmills79) and Mike (http://twitter.com/blackexception1) join me to discuss a Black immigrant conservative’s response to Ta-Nehisi Coate’s book Between the World and Me that appeared on the website Commentary and go onto a tangent about the cafe Summerhill that was opened by a tone-deaf gentrifier in Crown Heights.


CS 030: Chamoane Sharks (09/10/2017)



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D. Mills (http://twitter.com/mdmills79), Mike (http://twitter.com/blackexception1), and I discuss Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened?”, some funny meltdowns among the cult of diehard Hillary supporters including Joy Reid, and discuss Peter Daou and his new support group website for Hillaryites, Verrit.

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Preview of CS029: Listener Questions (09/10/17)



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In this episode, I answer some listener questions. If you want to ask some questions of your own that may be answered on-air in the future, go to https://curiouscat.me/ChampagneSharks or write us at champagnesharks@gmail.com.

Topics include the role of white women in white supremacy and the concept of black people identifying with white values.

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Women of the Klan by Kathleen Blee http://amzn.to/2eXfenw

Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement by Kathleen Blee http://amzn.to/2xzb9RB

White Women’s Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States by Louise Michele Newman http://amzn.to/2jsmWv1

‘When and Where I Enter’: The Racist Expectations of Whites-Only Feminism by Kirsten West Savali https://www.theroot.com/when-and-where-i-enter-the-racist-expectations-of-whit-1790855079

“Really? This Is How High Achievement is Greeted?” by Karin Chenowith http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Karin-Chenoweth/really-this-is-how-high-a_b_6910700.html

Example of Issa Rae’s relationship to “ratchetness” (would actual black people with a so-called “authentic” black experience even need to have ratchet defined? Who is this video for?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtJOaBer5kk

Black Mirror on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888