Danny Duncan Collum, author of the novel White Boy, teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. 

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Bourgeois in the U.S.A.

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-1993

The closed-circle culture of country music 

When All the World Is a Stage

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-1993

The President and pop-culture

Heeeeeeeeeere's Trouble

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-1993

Late-night television

Old Nightmares in the New Europe

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1993

IN WATCHING RECENT events in Germany, personal and historical tragedies have sometimes blurred together in my vision. The shocking wave of German neo-Nazi violence against foreigners and Jews (still rising at this writing), and the German government's immigration policy concessions to xenophobia, have appeared alongside news of the death of Social Democratic Party leader Willy Brandt and the tragic murder of Green Party founder Petra Kelly.

The picture that emerged from this blur was one of a shiny new dream dying, while old nightmares revived. Willy Brandt, who was chancellor of West Germany from 1969 to 1975, in many ways represented the best ideals and aspirations both of his generation of Germans and of the European democratic socialist tradition. Brandt was among the only postwar West German political leaders of his generation who had joined the underground opposition during the Nazi era.

Later, as postwar mayor of West Berlin, Brandt stood at the forefront of resistance to the new totalitarianism of the Communist East. Still, as chancellor, Brandt helped open the way for better relations between East and West. He believed that peaceful cooperation, not armed confrontation, was the key to unlocking the gates of the Berlin Wall.

See Ross Run

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1993

Ross Perot's influence on political systems

Davenport Tonight--The Couch, Not the Town

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-1992

Entertainment Tonight as a news source

Tabloids and Taboos

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-1992

Woody Allen

Pictures and a Thousand Images

by Danny Duncan Collum 10-01-1992

The role of the media in uprisings

"Right" Again, FYI

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-1992

The cultural influence of the Far Right

We're not in Kansas Anymore

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-1992

Secure in its control of the material means of production, the American Right has always taken the lead in the exploration of underlying, non-material, cultural factors in public life.

Questions of Taste (and Power)

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-1992
The NEA debate

Pat Buchanan's terror campaign in the Republican primaries has weakened and disoriented George Bush, and I can't say I'm sorry. It has also forced debate about the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) back into the headlines--on the most skewed and reactionary of terms. Never mind that Buchanan's homophobic NEA attack ads were themselves the sleaziest things seen on broadcast TV in this decade. The issue is back out in the arena.

Bush reacted by firing NEA chief John Frohnmayer. His party chairman, Richard Bond, suggested publicly that the government should "get out of this business" of deciding "what is art."

By the time you read this, Buchanan may well have been laid quietly to rest--and the NEA issue with him--for this year. But given Buchanan's success, it is almost certain to return for as long as we have a public arts agency.

Art subsidies do involve some decisions about what is art. But they also involve judgments about what art is necessary or worthy, and, perhaps most important, about who decides. It's a complicated and problematic issue, and one that requires more than 30 second's (or even one page's) worth of thinking. But here goes...

Rooting for a New America

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-1992

About Oliver Stone

America's Secret History

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-1992

As this is written, the media controversy surrounding Oliver Stone's film JFK is reaching a fever pitch.

Vox Pop Rocks Charts

by Danny Duncan Collum 02-01-1992

Billboard and music sales

Fascism With a Facelift

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1992

There's good news and bad news in the results of the Louisiana gubernatorial run-off on November 16.

A Declaration of Principles

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1992

Pop culture is politics...and politics is pop culture

When Going Live Spreads Lies

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-1991

Live TV

... Because He Made So Many Of Them

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-1991

Fox TV and the new season of The Simpsons

A Politics of Attitude

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-1991

The importance of pop culture on social change. And Oprah

Sisters In Arms

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-1991

A female hero