I had to give a lecture today -- on globalization -- with Dan Drezner and Jacob Levy in the audience. Not the presentation of an academic paper, but rather I was supposed to be instructing them. Ha!
Dan wrote down three questions he wanted me to address, here they are, with my answers:
1. What are the five heavy metal CDs which you like?
Mastodon's *Leviathan* is my current favorite, try also Metallica's *Enter the Sandman* and early Black Sabbath. If you count Led Zeppelin -- and why not -- that's a bunch more right there. Pelican is also a good group.
2. Should we think of cultural critics as a rent-seeking guild?
Rent-seeking yes, guild no. There is plenty of free entry.
3. Has your opinion of TV changed since *In Praise of Commercial Culture*?
Absolutely (some readers will know I was no fan of TV back then; at that time Hill Street Blues was considered a good show, so can you blame me?). It is not just the advent of cable. Smart people simply wish to consume culture in bite-sized chunks, and also on small screens, and this favors quality TV. Right now TV is more interesting than are the movies.