Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian and filmmaker. He is the author of the e-book Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies. He’s a columnist for City Arts Magazine, where he writes the thread “Faded Signs,” a bi-weekly column about popular culture in late capitalism.

Recent Articles

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What Is Home?

Seattle’s benign appearance belies a class and culture war for living space.
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The Spectacle of Repression in Ravenna Woods

On Tuesday afternoon, the Seattle Police Department stood atop the Orwellian peak of the city’s political landscape, writes columnist Shaun Scott.
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Identity Politics in ‘The Young Karl Marx’

Now streaming on iTunes, 'The Young Karl Marx' speaks to the ways that America's modern left is understood—and misunderstood.
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Black Bourgeois Panther

The spectacle surrounding 'Black Panther' is more progressive than the film itself.
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Seattle Socialists Resurrect Fred Hampton

On Monday at the Grand Illusion, the group is screening a 1971 documentary about the Black Panther leader who was gunned down by the police in 1969.

K Ishibashi and Densho’s Day of Remembrance

Musician and filmmaker K Ishibashi retraced the natural settings and epic logistics required to jail 120,000 Japanese Americans in just a few months in 1942, after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.
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In Defense of Call-out Culture

A call-out never pushed away anyone who didn’t already have a foot out the door.
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The Debate About the Debate About the Housing Crisis

Seattle's discourse about housing often passes out of politics and enters into something resembling a culture war.
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Millennial Provocateur Michael Hobbes

Millennial scholar Shaun Scott talks with the author of the immaculately researched and impeccably designed article "Generation Screwed."

Altering the Inevitable

On the face of it, it may seem as if Seattle is rushing robustly into a new age. But underneath the bustle, the development, the cranes in the sky, there’s a sense of inevitability that corrodes our civic agency.
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The Material Foundations of Sexual Harassment

Any feminism based in capitalism ends up centering women of privilege.
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The Prison Poetry of Meek Mill

In 2017 America, a judge with a grudge can consign a Black millionaire to a cage on a whim.