"'It's Always A Good Time': The Siren Song and False Utopian Promise in Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Good Time'"
— Who would have thought that Carly Rae Jepsen’s work could inspire so many inadequate theses?!
"Luxury and Utopia, Mass Produced for All: A Perfectly Reasonable Thesis about Art Deco Architecture, Except All the Examples are from ‘Bioshock’"
— Context for anyone unfamiliar with the Bioshock video games: the setting for the first two games of the series is an underwater city called Rapture which, in addition to being dystopian and mutant-filled, features a great deal of art deco architecture (it’s actually very well done, and you can see some examples here).

Gahhhhh I’m so sorry everyone!  I’m sure that at 10:00 this morning, you were all on the site, hitting refresh, waiting for a new thesis title.  And then it didn’t show up.  And by 11:30, you were forced to face the reality that it wasn’t coming.

I cannot apologize enough.

Normally I check each night to make sure that the next day’s post is all set to go, and last night I didn’t since I had just watched Mad Men and it was really mentally draining.  Figures, the one time I don’t check, the schedule got screwed up.  But excuses, excuses… that’s not why you’re here.

Without further ado, here’s guest submission number 3!

Running a Victorian Sex Cult for Love and Profit: The Oneida Community

Because, honestly, what else would one do with his/her Victorian sex cult?  Jen C writes, “This is what Sara N., a history major friend of mine, called her thesis in private. If you don’t know anything about the Oneida Community, it’s a great way to procrastinate on your thesis!”  I looked it up, and it’s pretty great.  

The best part is that this utopian religious commune, where postmenopausal women were paired with pubescent boys to teach them sex and breeding was determined by committee, didn’t actually provide the inspiration for the name of a silverware company — it BECAME the silverware company.  Somewhere along the line, that just happened.  As Wikipedia explains, or rather doesn’t explain, “The Oneida Community dissolved in 1881, and eventually became the giant silverware company Oneida Limited."  Bet you’ll never think about silverware the same way again!

Remember, you can always submit using the link on the sidebar.  And again, I’m so sorry.  It won’t happen tomorrow, I promise.

-J