Culture and the crisis

It’s nearly five years since bank defaults burst the neoliberal economic bubble and the world – or at least the West – is still far from having found a durable response. There isn’t even much agreement on what happened, still less about what it means. But the cultural sector does seem to agree on one…

Pixelated death

Bad guys in movies used to come to sticky ends, in a bloody hammering of bullets or falling off tall buildings. Now, they disintegrate in an accelerating loss of pixels, becoming blue grey smoke and then nothing. It happens to the expendable characters who meet aliens or wizards too – a death ray and they’re…