pop culture

The headline rundown: Modern popular culture topics in the realm of politics, legislation and activism.

Matthew Kresal11 days ago
The Lobbyist As Anti-Hero
There's a line in an early episode of Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing where White House chief of staff Leo McGarry (played by the late John Spencer) tells the staff that "There are two things in the worl...
Brian Pereira20 days ago
#CNNblackmail: The New Meme War (Trump Tweet)
#CNNblackmail is currently trending, and in this article, we will break down how it all started, the response and the beginning of a new meme war. Whatever your political allegiance this story touches...
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Roger Smith23 days ago
Aslan's Deception
Clearly, as Reza Aslan so eloquently demonstrated, obscurantism is the new black. With an all but creepy smile, Aslan has been lionized, sniffing things like Islam does not need a reformation. Really?...
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Dan Johnson24 days ago
Yes, This Is Tone Policing
The logic goes something like this: critiquing the tone of someone’s argument is a tool of oppression. Accusations of “Tone Policing” are designed to limit the scope of a political debate to the conte...
MSNBC Leans to the Right, a Little
What do Bret Stephens and Greta Van Susteren have in common? (a) Both are conservative journalists recently in the pay and orbit of conservative media; (b) both have history with MSNBC. There the simi...
Corey Gittleman25 days ago
Dear Donald... If You're Going to Start a War, Let's Stay Off of Twitter
Dear Trump, I am not sure what you think being the president is, but it is not a game so it should not be treated as one. If you are going to treat it as one, then I will not refer to you as Mr. Presi...
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Dan Johnsona month ago
American Ostrich
Americanus Ignoramus. Successor to the now extinct American Eagle. Symbolic emblem for a nation of 350 million people unwilling to face increasingly unpleasant realities. Icon of a country spoiled by ...
Jeremy Frommera month ago
Dear Donald... Sorry, Not Sorry
Why apologize? Why should actors and other creatives keep apologizing to you for expressing their feelings? You have never apologized. In some ways that wouldn't be such a big deal, or at least not un...
Zane DeYounga month ago
The Wonder Woman of Tel Aviv
There’s a billboard on the Tel Aviv highway that proclaims “We Love You” under a picture of Wonder Woman. More accurately, under a picture of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. In Israel, she’s kind of a big ...
The Pulled Show
The Carmichael Show was a surprise hit for NBC when they debuted it 2 summers ago. It won over critics by tackling controversial, and timely topics while still managing to be funny. It's a rare feat i...
Beth Gibbonsa month ago
Is Third-Wave Feminism Ruining the World?
When I was in my twenties, I would’ve called myself a “Feminist.” However, now that I am nearing the age of thirty-one in the year 2017, I would never use the term “Feminist” when describing myself. U...
Medieval Maid2 months ago
Kathy Griffin: Only Funny Through Irony
If you're anyone who's been watching the news or scrolling through Facebook lately, you've probably seen Kathy Griffin's "tearful" (her fake-crying abilities are ... odd) almost apology about the vide...
Medieval Maid2 months ago
How To Lose Friends Using A Picture of Ann Coulter
Hey guys. So today consists of some thoughts about a small event that transpired over my birthday weekend that was slightly entertaining and a little ridiculous that involves Snapchat, Ann Coulter, an...
Rikki La Rouge2 months ago
Caught in The Machine
Being Liberal and political correctness used to mean something unlike what the movement has become today. The movement was once an absolute good, it used to be about treating everyone across every rac...
Riley Reese2 months ago
What Traits Do Sith Lords and Donald Trump Have in Common?
Star Wars has a universe that really seems to be able to split people into two parties—the Jedi and the Sith. If you're a Star Wars fan, then you've already had moments where you have wondered where y...
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Kevin Bailey3 months ago
The Magnificent Seven or Magnificent Minorities?
Growing up in the seventies and eighties, I remember movies always typically had a majority white cast of characters with maybe one or two minorities and typically the hero of the film. It was typical...
Michael Eric Ross3 months ago
Killing O’Reilly on TV
Ladies and gentlemen, this long national nightmare is over. Bill O’Reilly, for 21 years the host of The O’Reilly Factor, the voice and face of the Fox News Channel, and on-air avatar of the Pantone-re...
Anthony Gramuglia3 months ago
History of Bill O'Reilly's Scandals
Bill O'Reilly is one of Fox's most well-known anchors. He has been a mainstay in the news industry since the 80s. He has hosted the O'Reilly Factor, one of the most widely watched news commentary show...