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

Q&A

Generational Movement

Dance artist Alex Crozier talks with Shaun Scott about his new show 'Millennials.'
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40 Years in the Wilderness

As the Mariners' season begins, Shaun Scott considers Seattle through the lens of its baseball history.
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Building ‘Kenbe Fem’

A happenstance meeting turned into a creative partnership that culminated in the film 'Kenbe Fem,' a documentary about David Pierre-Louis’ search for his family and mission to help rebuild Haiti.
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The Price of Watching Dave Chappelle

In his two new Netflix comedy specials released on Tuesday, March 21, Chappelle attempts to regain relevance. He succeeds, but for the wrong reasons.
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Barriers and Inspiration

Writer and organizer Gennette Cordova talks about an upcoming panel featuring women of color in the local arts scene.
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On Porter Ray’s ‘Watercolor,’ Time Keeps Slipping

The album reveals a Millennial rapper’s haunted mosaic—the losses, loves and longings of a young man who does not have the luxury of looking forward to an unfettered future.
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The Political Economy of Future

The rapper's lyrical lens has captured us as we never wanted to be: participants in a manically materialist world where money and love simulate the highs and lows of addiction.
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Amid Calls for a General Strike, Seattle Shows the Way (Again)

A tradition of general strikes in the United States started in Seattle in 1919 when 65,000 workers—in a city of 315,000 people—stayed home.
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Week 1 in Trump’s Society of Spectacle

Same as it ever was—only louder, faster, scarier and more inescapable.
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No Matter Where You Are, There We Are

Where many message films fail, 'Hidden Figures' succeeds.
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Sparring with Dave Zirin

The acclaimed sports writer is coming to Town Hall with Seahawk Michael Bennett
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Seattle and the Rise of the Sanctuary City

In coastal cities and outposts in the South and Midwest, we’ll be clinging to one another for support and affirmation these next four years.