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Friday, August 29, 2003

Skateboarding thus brings together a concern to live out an idealised present, trying to live outside of society while being simultaneously within its very heart. But for skateboarders to produce themselves in this way, their activity must take place in the streets of the city. -- from A Performative Critique of the American City: the Urban Practice of Skateboarding, 1958-1998

Is that true? Is it really a subculture? (Or subbaculcha?) As it moves closer and closer to becoming a mainstreamed sport, it becomes a pretty fragmented one. At one point another "extreme sport" will surface in the pop culture pool, and another subculture will have the same conversation. In related news, the Livermore Safeway stopped carrying Thrasher.

The WaPo has a Fairly balanced piece on Al Franken, a man who has emerged as a partisan, squabbling, immature commenter who virtually guarantees an annoying soundbite. For which we should all be thankful.

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