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w. end ave.: an e-journal of culture and politics  

The lead article concerns what measures that violate traditional ideas of civil liberties may be necessary in the War on Terror, that debate currently exemplified by the furor over secret wiretaps. The second article is the first part of a two part discussion of free speech in the age of the Internet. It considers how well J. S. Millís idea that free speech is a marketplace for ideas fared during its first hundred years. The third article suggests that entertainment and art are separate aesthetic entities even though most cultural forms jumble them together to their mutual advantage. Opera provides a stellar case of the intersection of the two. The last article uses Max Weberís idea that religion is a cultural phenomenon that takes on its life from its social and historical circumstances to show that the roots of the cultural war between Islam and the West, as that is presently epitomized by the battle over cartoons, runs very deep.


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.
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Issue No. 9
February 16, 2006


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A new issue of “w. end ave.: an e-journal of culture and politics” is published once every three weeks or so. It is edited, owned, and where not indicated as otherwise, written by Martin Wenglinsky. The rights to all materials published here are copyright © 2008 by Martin Wenglinsky