First Advisor

Narcisi, Lara


Bruhn, Mark


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

59 pages


I am not a pop critic, or an academic, at least in any traditional or certifiable sense. I am, however, an American. A privileged, white, male American, to be more precise. I have never begged for food, slept outside (except during an ill-fated school year as a Boy Scout), and I have certainly never stared down the business end of a Kalashnikov. I have never witnessed, much less been victim of, a natural disaster (I did see a tornado once growing up outside Chicago. Or maybe I dreamed that). I have never dealt with (corrupt) cops, or had to face discrimination because of my gender, sexuality, race, socioeconomic status, et. al. I don't count discrimination against privileged, white American males as a serious prejudice; in fact, given my own left-leaning tendencies, I once had something of a problem with privileged, white American males myself. My point here is that I like Radiohead. A lot. I was only eight years-old, obsessed with archaeology and spelling when "Creep" first hit the airwaves and Pablo Honey flew off record store shelves. I first heard them in 2001, when I bought their 1997 magnum opus 2, OK Computer, on a whim. This does not make me much of a Radiohead fan, just as I am no rock writer, pop critic, or an academic. I dabble in all three, but honestly, I am just an overeducated American. I imagine a lot of rock writers3 and pop critics are, too. So what gives me the right to pen a sixty-page essay on the relationship between Radiohead and subjects like existential philosophy, environmental concerns, or contemporary politics?

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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