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Monday, December 7 2009

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.


Monday, November 2 2009

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.


Sunday, September 27 2009

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.


Monday, August 31 2009

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.


Monday, August 3 2009

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.


Sunday, July 12 2009

Catalogs: Disposable but Indispensable

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


Sunday, May 31 2009

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.


Wednesday, April 22 2009

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.


Wednesday, March 11 2009

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?


Thursday, February 12 2009

Love Rated XOXO

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


Wednesday, December 10 2008

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.


Tuesday, November 11 2008

My Name is URL

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


Tuesday, October 14 2008

Not “Lovin’ It”

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


Tuesday, September 9 2008

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?


Wednesday, August 6 2008

Smell Me

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


Monday, July 14 2008

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?


Sunday, June 1 2008

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.


Wednesday, April 23 2008

No Reply Needed

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


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