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What’s So Funny About Atheism?

Since New Atheists have done a stand-up job of elucidating the illusions of religious belief, why not point out some of the logical absurdities of atheism?

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16 Jun 2015 // 2:00 AM

Banished to Oz: The Vanishing Ladies of ‘Supernatural’

The female characters of Supernatural shouldn't always have to be sacrificed to develop the plots of their male costars.

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Can I Say That? Stand-Up Comedy in the Age of Political Correctness

For all the alarmist propaganda about political correctness in the US, insensitive speech is still protected by the First Amendment. The complaints about PC are BS.

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Will the ‘Supergirl’, ‘Lucifer’ and  ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Shows Be Transmedia or Tranq-Media?

Our expectations around for these upcoming TV shows get to the very heart of transmedia as a phenomenon.

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12 Jun 2015 // 8:21 AM

Forever Mr. Flay: A Forgotten Role of Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee was particularly known for his roles as Count Dracula, Saruman, and Count Dooku – but his acting range extended far beyond the role of the arch-criminal.

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Poverty Prepares You to Survive the Worst - Even the Zombies of ‘The Walking Dead’

The ways in which poverty shapes the psyche of The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon are very rarely seen in the current television landscape.

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9 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM

Twenty Years Into Her Career, Margaret Cho Is Just Getting Started

From her standup tours to the Golden Globes to her new comedy Tooken, Margaret Cho is an unstoppable force, and one that tells us she might be going behind the camera soon.

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Someone Else’s South America: Louis C. K. Considers Life on Other Planets

Louie knows that if we do, ever, really encounter aliens, they're sure as hell not going to bend over backwards to accommodate our point of view.

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Webs of Deception and Allusion Thread Together to Make ‘Pretty Little Liars’

With its constant nods to the work of David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock, Pretty Little Liars conjures up a world of allusions, where the source of truth is always uncertain.

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‘Inside No. 9’: The Beautiful Horror Continues

Series 2 of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No. 9 provides a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy.

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How Are Sci-fi TV Shows and Their Starships Like Canadian Cities in Winter?

Two Canadian forays into sci-fi television, Ascension and The Starlost, bear interesting parallels to modern life in Canada.

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Jim Cornette on Rescuing the Lost Carolina Wrestling Classics

Jim Cornette is one of the most outspoken figures in all of pro wrestling, but his journey to unearth rare, lost match footage from decades prior makes for a story worth telling.

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Great Movies With Terrible Sequels: Laughable Sequels in Action

Not even the combined might of Superman, Batman, Predator and James Bond can save their respective series from sinking like an ocean liner into the Bay of Pigs!

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Every Generation Gets the ‘Daredevil’ It Deserves

Marvel's Daredevil is a reminder that our pop culture, even that which is rooted in the pulp tradition, can be vivid, vital, and powerful.

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Smear the Queer: ‘The X-Files’ Reboot and Stereotypes in Speculative Fiction

If Fox really is going jump-start The X-Files, it better not pull any of the stereotypical homophobic crap again.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Rock & Roll Machine

Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?

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As the ‘60s Moves Forward for Women, ‘Mad Men’ Leaves Its Women Behind

Mad Men may have started out as a feminist show, but in later seasons it reinforces rather than critiques the sexism faced by its female characters.

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31 Mar 2015 // 2:20 AM

Beyond Don as Dorian: Fin de Siècle, Mad Men, and Aesthetics

Given the parallels between Dorian Gray and Don Draper, can we use the lesson of the former to predict the fate of the latter?

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Contemplations on the Nature of Truth: True Crime, ‘True Detective’, & ‘Serial’ Obsessions

True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder.

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It’s Not That Steven Toast Is a Total Failure

Arthur Mathew and Matt Berry's sitcom, Toast of London is almost too weird and wonderful to put into words.

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