The article provides a detailed analysis of the tautological meaningless and obscene song “Mashina” (“The Car”) of the super-popular musical group “Leningrad”. The visualization of this song in the video clip sets a whole range of folklore and anthropological meanings, including the socio-political dimension of this concentrated obscene text. The article is dedicated to the 210th anniversary of Nickolai Gogol and the 100th anniversary of the publication of the famous work by Boris Eichenbaum “How Gogol’s ‘Shinel’ (‘The Overcoat’) was made”.
Students' internet usage attracts the attention of many researchers in different countries. Differences in internet penetration in diverse countries lead us to ask about the interaction of medium and culture in this process. In this paper we present an analysis based on a sample of 825 students from 18 Russian universities and discuss findings on particularities of students' ICT usage. On the background of the findings of the study, based on data collected in 2008-2009 year during a project "A сross-cultural study of the new learning culture formation in Germany and Russia", we discuss the problem of plagiarism in Russia, the availability of ICT features in Russian universities and an evaluation of the attractiveness of different categories of ICT usage and gender specifics in the use of ICT.