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Why does Hollywood keep blowing up the White House?

Hollywood’s latest blockbusters provide the narrative for America’s never-ending war on terror by perpetuating the irrational fear of random, anti-US terror attacks and foreign invasions. Movie plots inform policy in … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

Should more athletes be concerned about their mental health?

American soccer star Landon Donovan earned lots of scorn for taking a self-imposed sabbatical at the beginning of the 2013 MLS season, but he’s ahead of the curve when it … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does ‘Side Effects’ ring true with ever-growing number of Depressed Americans?

With 1 in 10 Americans seeking treatment for depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders, users of drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are almost as ubiquitous as the ads for … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Surreal New Marines Ad: ‘Toward the Sound of Chaos’

As the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War sparks somber reflection among Americans, the Marines pimp good, old-fashioned American interventionism with a troubling new recruitment video. Ominously titled “Toward the … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

SNL’s Hugo Chavez parody showcases liberal cowardace

Justin Timberlake celebrated his fifth time hosting SNL last weekend by opening the show with a sketch parodying late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Playing Elton John, Timberlake rattled off “hilarious” … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Oscars snub Marxist ‘Cloud Atlas’, affirms the Randian ‘Django’

This year the Academy tried desperately to appear relevant, showcasing the juvenile sexism and folksy Irish-Catholic racism that made host Seth MacFarlane a pop culture phenom and awarding Quentin Tarantino … Continue reading

March 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Animated Feature Casually Perpetuates Myth of Prehistoric White People

Dreamworks’ new animated movie The Croods is the latest in a line of films and TV shows (both animated and live-action) that depict a somewhat colloquialized version of humankind’s prehistory. … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Trouble With Zombies: Exploring Geek Culture’s most troubling themes

For nearly a decade, popular culture has been overrun with zombie fiction. Movies like the Dawn of the Dead remake, 28 Days Later and the parody Shaun of the Dead … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photos and Video from the Los Angeles Forward on Climate Rally

In solidarity with the Forward on Climate rally in Washington DC that attracted more than 40,000 to the national mall, a rally was organized here in Los Angeles to tell … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Voters go Left on gay rights and weed; still far-Right on the Economy

Originally published Nov 20, 2012 While the 2012 elections showed that the majority of Americans have moved forward on issues like diversity, marriage equality and women’s health, progressives still have … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cui bono: How Viacom Stole Black America’s Voice

Originally published Oct 17, 2012 I watched the 2012 BET Awards a couple nights ago. Of all the myriad, bizarre images to mark the night, and that includes rapper 2Chainz … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cui bono: How Big Money Kills Competition in Europe’s Top Soccer Leagues

Originally published Sep 3, 2012 While the popularity of soccer is growing in the US, most Americans know little about how the sport is played in the oldest leagues around … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Race in Comedy: Ironic or just racist?

Originally published Aug 2, 2012 I’ve noticed a greater tendency in modern mainstream comedy to attempt to ironically co-opt racist stereotypes. Ideally this type of race comedy can combat racist … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

A (late) Prometheus Review

Originally published July 10, 2012 To make it a little easier to digest, I divided the review into seven sub-sections that lend some narrative to what I thought were the … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment
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