The Trouble with the Warrens

Fans of the “Conjuring” horror movie franchise will know the names Ed and Lorraine Warren, and a very idealized characterization of the husband and wife team of paranormal investigators. The films depict the couple very much as they wanted to be seen, which is what Hollywood does to stories. Watch Ryan Hollanger’s critique of the film on Youtube if you… Read More »The Trouble with the Warrens

Satanic Panic at the Disco

Moral panics are nothing new. Collective anxieties over periods of social instability manifest a primal desire to either propitiate, or punish, whatever is causing the ill fortunes. The Biblical ritual of the Scapegoat placed the sins of the tribe upon a sacrificial animal that was driven into the wilderness. Ironically, in the modern era the scapegoat became a human sacrifice.… Read More »Satanic Panic at the Disco

On Witch Hunts: A History of Gender, Politics, & Labor – Preview

Few phrases in the English language evoke the unique horror associated with the words “witch hunt” in any context. That specific form of religious persecution has become synonymous with injustice, so much so that notorious criminals will routinely invoke the words when deflecting questions about legitimate charges. The historical phenomena of witch hunts peaked between the 16th and 17th Centuries… Read More »On Witch Hunts: A History of Gender, Politics, & Labor – Preview