The Cultural Frontline: “Why I Miss Ruin Porn”

The title’s a little tongue-in-cheek, but only a little. I appeared on the excellent BBC World Service program The Cultural Frontline this past Sunday, critiquing the visual and journalistic heir to the “ruin porn” of post-2008 Detroit. NB: the “luxury goods brand” exploiting the image of Black, working-class Detroit to promote brand authenticity is definitely not Shinola, which pays its grateful workers $11.50/hour to manufacture watches that cost $500 and up.


Stream this episode here, or download the mp3 fileĀ here.