The lead article in this
issue concerns the problems faced by free speech in the age of the Internet.
The second article presents what I think may well be a new interpretation of All's
Well That Ends Well. The third article applies the concept of entertainment
to sports and other games. The last article, by Arnold Birenbaum, is a
nightmare concerning how Bush might want to handle health care.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.