The True Theme of 2016: Never Meet Your Heroes

Hating 2016 and wishing for it to end has perhaps been the meme of 2016. It has been called a dumpster fire and was declared to "even sucked for Kim Kardashian." Beginning in July and continuing non-stop, this year was deemed to "suck" and we saw a flood of hot takes either labeling it the worst year in living …

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Some Commenters Just Want to Watch the Internet Burn

A strange thing happened today. Those of you who have read this blog with any regularity will recall my True Detective review in which I offered a fan theory about the fate of Ross Geller's son, Ben. It was a strange blog post, in that it ended up being a theory about a show I haven't …

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Is Harvey Two-Face Dent the Batman Character Trump Resembles Most?

This is the third installment of an ongoing investigation into which Batman character Donald Trump resembles most. You can read the beginning here.  Harvey "Two Face" Dent represents the curse of the classic politician. He's the fallen star, the Apollo destroyed by the harsh realities of politics. His ambition and ideals are corrupted by pain and reality.  He's …

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Does Richard Dawkins Understand Free Speech Better Than Sarah Palin?

  The latest victim of his own foolish free speech is Richard Dawkins, the celebrity atheist and comic figure who spends his time hate-tweeting, pondering conspiracy theories, and being a hero to evangelical atheists. As of January 27, Dawkins found himself uninvited to the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) after firing off one offensive …

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Why I Stopped Feeling the Bern: Questions for Bernie Sanders on Violence and the Media

It's been no secret that Bernie Sanders has an unusual history (for an independent / socialist / Democrat/ whatever he is) when it comes to gun control. And people are starting to talk about it, including articles such as "The Last Thing Bernie Sanders Needs it a Conversation About Guns" on NPR, which does a good job …

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Are Kubrick and Spielberg Renegades? (And Other Odd Film References in Pop Music)

There's a new song on the radio by a band I hadn't heard of. It's called "Renegades" and they're called X-Ambassadors. In this song, they celebrate "running wild and running free" and "living like we're renegades." I like the song a lot more than I would expect to. But hey, I never claimed to have …

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What exactly is Ballers supposed to be?

Herodotus told us to call no man happy until he is dead. The same is true of television: no series, no season, no episode can be called good until it is over. All endings matter. And it is for this reason that the first episode of HBO's Ballers is good, while the subsequent two are bad. …

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Not Stopping, White Walls, and Double Standards: Miley Cyrus vs. Macklemore.

Note: this blog post is actually something I wrote last summer, but never posted on here.  I figured I would share it here now. A few days ago, I heard “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus and “White Walls” by Macklemore on the radio. And I noticed something. Both songs have been around for a …

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