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Polar Levine has had multiple careers as musician/composer, performance artist, visual artist, actor and graphic designer. He's not really a journalist but he plays one the internet.

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Danny Schechter, MediaChannel's Mr. Big, approached Polar about creating a "soundtrack" for his book, "The More You Watch, The Less You Know." Sharing Danny's media obsessions, Polar gladly took on the challenge by writing and producing NEWS GOO, a rap song that comments on the corporate dumbing down of news and information. Rapper, D.A.V. performs Polar's words.

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Danny and Polar have continued their collaborations with MEDIA WARS, a "soundtrack" to Danny's book of the same name; disCONTENT, a parody of Brill's CONTENT (Brill laughed); A FAMILY SITUATION, a remix of Nile Rodgers re-recording of that song as post-9/11 statement, scoring his film WMD: Weapons Of Mass Deception and IN DEBT WE TRUST: America Before The Bubble Bursts.

Polar has brought his perspective as an artist and fellow media-malcontent to extending MediaChannel's voice into the arts -- resulting in popCULTmedia which he edited and designed.

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YANKIN' THE FOOD CHAIN is the page where Polar gets to mouth off on the media machine.

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To see ourselves as a space alien would see us -- check out SPACE ALIEN NATION

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ME SO HORNY FOR CSPAN GIRL
by Polar Levine

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THE THRILL OF RATINGS AND THE AGONY OF GRIDLOCK
by Polar Levine

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POP CULTURE IS US: It Makes Us As Smart As It Makes Us Stupid --
And It Gave Us Election 2008

Some Thoughts About The Election Of Barack Obama

by Polar Levine

....THE MYTH OF AMERICA BECOMES AMERICA
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....THE LITTLE OLD RACIST LADY AND HER BLACK FRIENDS NEXT DOOR:
....Why America Was Ready For Obama

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THE MESSAGE: IS HIP HOP THE NEW APPLE PIE?
by Polar Levine

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THE PETRAEUS SHOW: Deceptive Answers To Deceptive Questions
by Polar Levine

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BRITNEY IN THE MIRROR
by Polar Levine

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HAIRSPRAY'S REVOLTING HISTORY: The Invisible Star Of The Film & Broadway Show Won No Tonys
The new movie version of HAIRSPRAY makes this a good time to take another look at this piece I originally wrote back in 2003. It calls up the event that inspired Waters to create the original Hairspray film.

by Polar Levine

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AMERICA UNITED IN OUTRAGE OVER MOVIE STAR'S SCOLDING OF
BRATTY CHILD (oh yeah, and something about black water)

by Polar Levine

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THE SHOCKING STORY OF THE SHOCKJOCK WHO SHOCKS THE WORLD
BY SAYING SOMETHING SHOCKING

Ah, the smell of burning Imus in the morning. . .
by Polar Levine

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Some Thoughts On the Digital Music Forum East, Part 1
THE AMERICAN DREAM IS MYSPACE. THE AMERICAN DISEASE IS THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

by Polar Levine

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Some Thoughts On the Digital Music Forum East, Part 2
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: WHY WE MUSICIANS DO IT AND HOW WE CONSPIRE TO UNDO IT

by Polar Levine

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THE FUNNIEST ASSHOLE IN THE WORLD: Xtreme Asshole Comedy and Its Discontents
by Polar Levine

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THE NEWEST NEW NEW THING:
How America Must Prepare For the Joanna Newsom Invasion

by Polar Levine

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SUITING UP THE MUSIC:
The Industry's Reframing Of Music's Role In Society

by Polar Levine

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UPSIDE DOWN WITH A FORK UP YOUR ASS/I'M TRULY SORRY:
The Tears Of A Clown

Michael Richards blows the gig but rocks the apology. Final score: Bye-bye.

by Polar Levine

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AH, THE SMELL OF ROTTING MUSICIAN FLESH IN THE MORNING
My weekend at Moses Avalon's Confessions of a Record Producer Workshop

by Polar Levine

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TV MEANS HAVING TO SAY YOU'RE SORRY: The Apology As Media Event
Mel Gibson's anti-semitic diatribe in reaction to his DUI arrest was really just a trailer for the main event -- The Apology.

by Polar Levine

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IS THE CD DEAD YET?: My take on the Moses Avalon/Bob Lefsetz debate
One guy says it's all over for the hard stuff and digits will rule. The other says that music sold on round plastic will be with us for awhile.

by Polar Levine

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THE SLOW MURDER OF MICHAEL JACKSON: Fear and the Sexiness of the Undead
Jackson is being crucified for the sins of our cult of artifice and detatchment.

by Polar Levine

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JEWS CREWS SPEW BLUES WHILE MEL'S VIEWS RATTLE THE PEWS. HE STEWS, PAYS SOME DUES, DESPERATE FOR VENUES AND GOOD REVIEWS. THE FEET OF THIS FISHERMAN TOO BIG FOR HIS SHOES
The passions of Mel Gibson.

by Polar Levine

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MOSES AVALON TAKES A ONE-WAY TRIP ON O'REILLY'S PARANOIA EXPRESS
Even The Lone Ranger Of Recording Contract Decoding Can Not Unplug Bill O'Reilly's Manipulation Machine.

by Polar Levine

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GENRE BLUES: The Mote Around the Indie Music Mystique PART 1
Featuring a Conversation With Paul of the primeTime Sublime Community Orchestra
by Polar Levine

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GENRE BLUES: The Mote Around the Indie Music Mystique PART 2
How Do You Define The Indyfinable?

by Polar Levine

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FINALLY, UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE AND AN QUEST WE CAN AGREE ON
by Polar Levine

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THE DARK LIGHTS OF BROADWAY: Bring In The Clowns
by Polar Levine

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SHOCKING CONFESSIONS OF A MUSIC GUY:
Why I Don't Like Rock 'N Roll.
by Polar Levine

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THE IDEOLOGICAL HIJACKING OF CULTURE:
The Conspiracy That Isn't.
by Polar Levine

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MUSICIAN LOSES COURT CASE AGAINST BEASTIE BOYS
Every now and then a judge rules on the right side of the copyright issue. One musician disagrees. See the statement he's circulating online. Polar responds, as do the Beasties.
by Polar Levine

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I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL-- AND IT'S THIRTY YEARS OLD
by Polar Levine

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MUSIC JOURNOS SPEAK BUT DON'T TELL ALL
The problem with music journalism.
by Polar Levine

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AN OPEN LETTER TO A SUFFERING ARTIST
A response to a sufferer.
by Polar Levine

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LES PAUL REVEALS THAT HE LIVED WITH MARY FORD BEFORE THEY WERE MARRIED! THEN HE INVENTED MULTI-TRACK RECORDING
A report on the Global Entertainment And Media Summit.
by Polar Levine

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THE PASSION FACTOR
While the RIAA does its market research and investing in litigation, the public is following its passion.
by Polar Levine

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IT'S HIGH JUNOON AT GROUND ZERO
A Pakistani rock band delivers a distinctly American moment.
by Polar Levine 11/16/01

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THE TRIVIALIZATION OF THE ARTS IN AMERICA
by Polar Levine

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A DO-OVER FOR AMERICA

by Polar Levine

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MY NEW DISEASE
by Polar Levine

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THE WAR DOWN THE STREET
The opening day of The Future as seen from so close, yet so far.
by Polar Levine

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CORRESPONDING WITH AN ALLY
Shehryar Ahmad and Polar Levine
Relations between the US and Pakistan will be crucial in the upcoming "war" against terrorists. Pakistani-American Shehryar (Sherry) Ahmad, currently living in Pakistan, and Polar Levine, editor of
popCULT, conduct an ongoing email conversation about the view from both countries.

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MUSIC IS FOR THE PEOPLE. . . AND SO IS THE PHONE BILL
A hard look at the "good guys" side of the barricades in the Music Wars.
by Polar Levine 9/20/01

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SELLING SOUL FOR CHEESE 8/15/01
The drama of the projected life.
by Polar Levine

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
A new piece of Elvis memorabilia brings forth the dead and dying.
by Polar Levine

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MOTHERS DAY/ FATHERS DAY THE GREATEST
Is the branding of "The Greatest Generation" a guilty pleasure or just plain guilt?
by Polar Levine
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