The lead article continues a series on cultural regions by looking at Seattle's museums. The second article considers the current crisis in home mortgages as another example of how a social problems model improves on a strictly economic way of looking at what is going on in America. The third article looks again to a social problems model to deal with another current event, the overlapping disasters or possible disasters in mines, space and bridges. The last article returns to the cultural regions theme by considering the way different nations use distinctive styles in their movie making.
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.