Gon Ben-Ari


Sex, War, Social Media and the Israeli Imagination

By Gon Ben-Ari

Sex, War, Social Media and the Israeli Imagination
The Facebook campaign to support Israeli soldiers by uploading racy photos spread like wildfire. Gon Ben-Ari isn’t surprised given the link between sex and war in our imagination.Read More


Is the World Gonna End in 2014?

By Gon Ben Ari

Is the World Gonna End in 2014?
Some thought the world would end in 2012. Now, the words of one of Chabad’s founders have some wondering whether the end of times might be coming all over again.Read More


When Jews and Blacks Got Along Better Than Ever — in Hip-Hop World

By Gon Ben Ari

When Jews and Blacks Got Along Better Than Ever — in Hip-Hop World
Some say the cordial relationship between blacks and Jews is gone for good. But artists such as Kanye West proved that Jews and African Americans get along just fine in hip-hop.Read More


Why Bob Dylan's Interactive Video Is a Sign Of Things To Come

By Gon Ben Ari

Why Bob Dylan's Interactive Video Is a Sign Of Things To Come
A half century after it debuted, Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ finally got a music video. Gon Ben Ari explains why we should get used to this form of visual storytelling.Read More






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