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Better Baseball Through Technology

What happens when parenting, technology and America's Pastime collide?

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The Pleasures and Perils of Showbinging

The strategy and neologism of showbinging has become the preferred method of assimilating all that great TV out there.

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Steven Wright on the Craft of Comedy

"My thing is to get the joke across in as few words as possible." Standup comedy legend Steven Wright talks about his stage persona, Twitter, and the art of the joke.

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Halloween Movie Night: Do You Want to Be Mildly Freaked Out or Seriously Traumatized?

Choosing the right movie can spell the difference between an evening of fun thrills and a night of seriously bad dreams.

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Who, What, Where, When and Wi-Fi

People are customizing their network names, knowing full well that friends, neighbors and passersby are scanning for free wi-fi all the time.

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Twitter and the Borscht Belt Connection

140 characters? Sounds like my sister's wedding reception!

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The Enduring Legacy of ‘21 Jump Street’

How I learned to stop worrying and love TV show remakes.

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Return of the Movie Blurb Game

Notional, portable and entirely analog, the Movie Blurb Game can be played anywhere, at any time.

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Comedy, Technology and DVD Extras: In Defense of a Dying Format

Media formats come and go, subject to the gale-force winds of technology and the retail market. Me, I'm still clinging to my Monty Python collections on VHS.

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What Harm Can ‘Ice Road Truckers’ Do to Tender Young Minds?

We went into Ice Road Truckers with the best intentions for our eight-year-old, I swear. It's the History channel, right? It's educational!

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How Sherlock Holmes and Isaac Asimov Can Help Purge Your Social Media Addiction

Old books and even older movies can fend off the creeping anxiety of information overload.

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‘I Am Number Four’: Vampires, Aliens and the Art of Movie Recycling

I Am Number Four, a PG-13 science-fiction-slash-teen-romance movie, is so faithful to the Twilight template that it could have been assembled by marketing software.

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18 Jan 2011 // 6:40 AM

‘Glee’ on the Wii

Video games and cross-promotional marketing yield the inevitable: console karaoke for Gleeks.

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‘Knucklehead’: The Tenacious Appeal of Pro Wrestling

It occurred to me that Clint Eastwood used to make these kinds of movies – often with an orangutan – back when he made good movies.

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Return of the Situational Ethicist!

Glad you asked about the mosque! This is what situational ethics is all about!

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Plan 9 for Ironic Appreciation: On B-movies, Riffing and Value-Added Irony

The RiffTrax line of DVDs reignites the enduring debate: Can something really be so bad that it's good?

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Submarines and Androids: The Comfort Movie Phenomenon

Is there a certain film that, if you come across it flipping channels randomly, you feel compelled to watch yet again? Even though you've seen it 34,000 times? Even if it's on the Spanish-language station and you don't speak Spanish?

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Come Back to the 9-5, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle

If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.

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PopShots: The Lighter Side of Swine Flu

Researchers have largely ignored the pop cultural value of the H1N1 virus: hours on the couch catching up on DVD.

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Digital Downsizing: CD to MP3 the Hard Way

When paring down your music collection, is it OK to prune songs off classic albums? An aesthetic (and moral) dilemma...

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15 Second Theater Presents…

PopShots introduces 15 Second Theater -- radically distilled dramatic readings designed to accommodate the contemporary attention span.

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The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth -– and They Rule It

Geek humor is rooted in a commanding pop cultural and scientific literacy and deployed with a sense of casual authority which one ... must ... obey.

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Quote-Unquote: Excerpts from Upcoming Oral Histories

The use of unfiltered direct quotes gives a veneer of authenticity, and the writer doesn’t have to do much actual writing.

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Facebook and the Death of Distance

Facebook is like having a dozen rolling high school reunions simultaneously, plus grade school, and college, and every summer camp you ever attended.

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23 Nov 2008 // 9:59 PM

You Think You Know Obama?

Internet memes meet political postmortems as we uncover more salient facts about America's next president.

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21 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Discovery: Washington, D.C.!

Tred quietly, carefully with your Tour Guide as we catch glimpses of the fierce and the timid political animals of Washington, D.C.

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The TrueGeek(TM) Qualifying ExamExam

Mushrooming geek chic trendiness has made it difficult to separate the men from the fanboys. Take this quiz to see how authentic you are.

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24 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Wii Will Rock You

On the (Wii) golf course I am a multiracial, broad-shouldered, green-haired punk rock Adonis in a kilt.

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18 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Zen and the Art of Cramming

You will highlight and underline, memorize and prioritize. And you will not blink.

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Websurfing, Digital Shorts and Lateral Drift

Premium beer + long winter months + national health care = fertile breeding ground for resourceful science.

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26 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Dear Lost: Lose the Guns

The gunplay in Lost shot past the ken of lessons-not-learned in Screenwriting 101 and blasted into an over-the-top Marx Brothers routine.

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In Defense of the Popcorn Movie

Wanna get me off my DVD-lovin' couch and into a movie theater? Then gimme the movies that make me feel like a 14-year-old.

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Writers – Who Needs ‘em? A Solution to the Writer’s Strike

A bold proposal regarding our massive backlog of pop culture artifacts and the potential recycling thereof, ad infinitum.

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Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Time again for everyone's favorite corporately co-opted Judeo-Christian pagan demon holiday! A public service for procrastinating party-goers.

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A Chronicle of Higher Education

A felonious alumnus provides words of wisdom to the graduating class and sepia-drenched remembrances on the way things were at Higbert Community College.

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20 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Archeological Discovery!

The cause of the Cataclysm revealed? Experts discover new tell-tale artifacts, recalibrate their analysis of American celebrity from the Year 2449.

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2 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Pop Culture in 17 Syllables

In our brave new world of news bytes, instant messaging and dwindling attention spans, the haiku is making a comeback.

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5 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Summer Must-Reads

Let authors Michael Bloomberg, Paris Hilton, John Travolta, and Bob Barker help you through the long dog days of summer with these new, engaging titles.

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24 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

American Family Vacation

Roller coasters are fun, vacations are fun, and parks are fun. So why are vacations at roller coaster parks no longer any fun?

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30 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

An Ugly Trend in Filmmakers

Strapped for cash, aching to free their creative impulse from the grind of the same old story, over and over and over, our best modern film directors turn their talents toward the vastly untapped world of TV commercial-making.

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3 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nobody Likes a Quitter

Giving up cigarettes – an odyssey of shame, debasement and despair.

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Send/Receive: The Instantly Regretted E-Mail

You know that sick feeling you get when fire off a toxic reply, hit the “send” button, and find yourself peering into the Dark Side of instant global electronic communication?

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Gadgets Gone Wild

The introduction of Apple’s new iPhone prompts a review of that enduring cultural artifact known as The Gizmo.

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If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Our resident wit offers up the excerpts and highlights from the best celebrity roasts in 2006.

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27 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Situational Ethicist

In which our resident ethical expert contends: Ethics may complicate, but absolute ethics complicate absolutely.

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Kids’ TV: A Vast Stygian Wasteland

Kinder, gentler, and thoroughly creepy, today’s children’s television is no match for the classics.

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3 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

When Harry Googled Sally

A terrifying glimpse of what can happen when modern technology meets Happily Ever After.

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4 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

Discovery: Internet!

Join our guide on a tour of the Internet, where stealthy sexual predators, docile digerati, pathetic loners, and vast, roaming herds of the dangerously overinformed roam freely in their habitat.

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The Lighter Side of Artificial Intelligence

The scary-smart 20Q AI project asks: Animal, vegetable, mineral or legendary '70s rock star?

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Snakes, Planes and the Triumph of Ironic Appreciation

Does the Snakes on a Plane phenomenon signal the End of Days in Hollywood?

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The Trouble with (Net)Time Travel

It's the ultimate in entertainment options when Netflix and the time-space continuum collide.

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2 May 2006 // 10:00 PM

You Almost Saw It TV

A behind-the-scenes peek at television pilot programs the networks almost wanted you to see -- until someone got wise.

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Love the Sport, Not the Sports Star

Q: How many professional athletes does it take to screw over a lifelong fan? A: Several thousand, evidently. Thanks, pinheads!

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7 Mar 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Movie Blurb Game

The ultimate in elegant time wasting for the obsessive film fan.

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8 Feb 2006 // 10:00 PM

The (P)Art of the Prank

A desperate inquiry into the madness and methods of practical joking from a frightened young man who really should know better, by now.

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SupraDeluxe Interactive Reader Edition

Our intrepid correspondent answers his fan mail. That which is publishable, anyway.

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12 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

All I Want for Christmas…

'Tis the season! Several modest proposals for Mr. S. Claus regarding studio execs, rock chicks, worldwide revolution, and other gift ideas.

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21 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

Jung and the Restless

Fun with media supersaturation as the realms of celebrity and the collective unconscious collide!

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The Underrated/Overrated List

Bringing you the best in arbitrary, uninformed and mean-spirited opinions since 1986!

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Friendless, Hostile, and Afraid of Soil Erosion

In the alien(ating) world of addictive, online communiqués, can anyone hear you scream?

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20 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

The Last Action Hero

Indiana Jones is 63 years old, and we're in trouble.

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We Came! We Game! Get Used to It!

30,000 gamers descend on middle America to dress up, get down, and spook the squares.

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8 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

Grand Theft Autoerotic

The notoriously violent video game sneaked in some sex scenes. Now that's naughty!

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20 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

I Don’t Feel Tardy

What goes around to the hip, comes around to us all... eventually.

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At PopMatters, we've seen the future. So . . . want some investment advice?

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Discovery: Hollywood!

A guided tour of one of America's most protected habitats for endangering species.

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There's a planet full of kind and decent people who, as children, were terribly abused. We were the lab rats and guinea pigs for a nascent industry called orthodontia.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

McDonald succumbs, all too easily, to the guilty pleasures of Internet TV.

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23 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

McDonald vouches for SquarePants' character. He should know, he roomed with him in college.

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Mr. Robot: Episode 6 -- "Br4ve-Trave1er.asf

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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