Pop Osmosis
Farmville: Fetch Me My Manure Boots

The surging popularity of the virtual farming game 'FarmVille' seems to imply dissatisfaction with almost every aspect of modern life -- except maybe virtual reality.

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After the Rapture: Passing the Saving on to You

The Rapture may whisk the Saved up to Heaven ... leaving all of their corporeal assets untended. For the business-minded, earth-bound heathen, there’s money to be had in the leavings.

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27 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Creepy Crawly Ad Bots

‘Contextual ads’ generated by Web crawlers based on private email content might provide fresh, up-to-the-second advertising copy, but these so-called geniuses are no Don Draper.

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He’s Just Not That Into Anyone

Asexuals, also known as “aces”, have begun to assert their place as a valid and healthy sexual orientation; even SpongeBob is in on the (lack of) action.

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3 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

De-synchronized Swimming

In an era of US history marked by unprecedented strides in racial equality, suburban swimming pools seem to maintain time-warpish levels of racism.

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Catalogs: Disposable but Indispensable

Practically its own highly succinct form of literature, I’ll take a good catalog over a bad magazine any day.

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I’m in UR Culture, Rewriting UR Bible…

The outrageous and mysterious popularity of LOLCats has provided an updated take on the personification of cats, as well as a bizarre new translation of the Bible.

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22 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Ghost and the Machine

Things don’t just go bump in the night anymore – they emit high-frequency audio evidence, are recorded and saved in .WAV format, and bore us (rather than scare us) to death.

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Facebook Children of a Lesser Cause

Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) -- but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?

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12 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Love Rated XOXO

Could the lighthearted, seemingly innocuous genre of the romantic comedy actually be as psychologically damaging as onscreen violence and sex?

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Look What the Cat Lady Dragged in

The so-called “crazy cat lady” seems to be one of few sexist stereotypes that remains alive, well, and somehow immune to politically-correct backlash.

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11 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

My Name is URL

Welcome to the latest strain of cultural insanity: people changing their given names to slogans, political ads, and website URLs.

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14 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Not “Lovin’ It”

TV commercials are becoming more overt in reflecting the "culture wars", particularly the fierce backlash against intellectualism.

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9 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Adultery, Adulterated

Is the latest rage over "emotional infidelity” a genuine concern for those in a committed relationship, or is it just the latest trumped-up, talk show filling, anxiety-provoking non-issue?

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6 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Smell Me

Regarding the ‘fume’ in perfume, and society's acceptance of forcing one's effluvium up the nasal orifices of others.

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14 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Fun for the Entire Family

The kid-friendliness movement has claimed its final frontier – a kid-friendly sex shop – but is such an establishment even remotely sex-friendly?

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1 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

I Me Mine!

If, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggests, the Web is still a drooling, id-driven baby that wallows in its own (proverbial) feces, it makes sense that we continue to be mired in its arrested development.

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23 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

No Reply Needed

Have 'REPLY ALL' emails become the latest outlet for the modern obsession with self-expression and fame?

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