The Popular Front: An “Alternative Year in Review” of 2015 Pop Culture

Photo by Dennis Hill

Most “Year in Review” lists are pretty predictable. Such lists are usually jammed pack with consensus contenders for big industry awards such as the Oscars and Grammys and they tend to be reflections of what is “popular” as defined by sales and marketing. Indeed, the typical “Year in Review” list highlights highly profitable popular culture.

As the pop culture columnist for Canadian Dimension Magazine, I use a different set of criteria to assemble an annual “Alternative Year in Review” list showcasing elements of progressive popular culture from the past year that aim to change the world. There are a lot of great socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial works produced every year – but it is hard to keep track of them all.

As such, I have created the following list by polling CD collective members as well as supporters on social media to see what they were watching, reading, and listening to in 2015. I have also added my own recommendations. This list is by no means exhaustive or representative. So please contribute to the conversation by adding your own suggestions in the comments and on twitter @CDN_Dimension

Movies, Drama

Movies, Documentary

Television

Music

Singles

Albums

Books, Non-Fiction

Comics

Games

Poetry

Podcasts

Websites

Installations

Unfortunate Sayings That (Hopefully) Die Hard in 2016

  • “Like a Boss” / “That’s Boss”
  • “We need a strong middle class”
  • “All Lives Matter”

Sean Carleton is a member of the CD collective and writes The Popular Front column on pop culture.

I would like to thank the following CD collective members, subscribers, readers, and followers for contributing suggestions: Matthew Brett, Julia Smith, Jonathan Lockyer, David Hugill, Kevin Matthews, Edwin Janzen.