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Tuesday, September 11 2007

MTV Killed the Video Star: The MTV Video Music Awards

The overall effect from watching this year's MTV VMAs was club drug vertigo -- but with none of the fun of the club or the drugs.

Monday, September 10 2007

The Comebacks, The Cut-Ups, and All Cut Too Short: The 2007 VMAs

Isn't it ironic how the 2007 installment of MTV's celebration of music videos was, in fact, a telling death knell for music videos?

Tuesday, August 28 2007

Feldog Revisited: An Interview with Corey Feldman

Feldman talks to PopMatters about the good, the bad, and the ugly of reality TV.

Monday, August 20 2007

“God’s Warriors”: Raging Fires

Christiane Amanpour does not back down from difficult questions. She opens her six-hour report, airing over three nights on CNN, by noting that Jerusalem, the "so-called city of peace, has been torn by centuries of war."

Sunday, August 5 2007

Time Is Standing Still: White Light/Black Rain

HBO's new Hiroshima and Nagasaki documentary is at once simple and infinitely complex. The atomic bombs were disasters both man-made and calculated.

Monday, July 30 2007

Longford: Next to Godliness

If Longford were just the story of a flawless saint, it wouldn’t be very interesting. Instead, we see a nuanced portrait of a complicated and imperfect man.

Tuesday, June 19 2007

Violence for Good

The escalation of violence on television isn't merely a matter of audiences becoming desensitized. It also raises the stakes and the psychological payoffs when the violence is avenged.

Sunday, May 20 2007

Make Mine Vanilla: Season Sanjaya Six and the American Idol Illusion

Far beyond the media sensation of adoration and hate that surrounded Sanjaya Malakar's stint on Idol is how his booting laid bare how empty and soulless the whole affair has become.

Tuesday, May 8 2007

The Shield: The Detective & the Lieutenant

Detective Vic Mackey kills cops, steals money, and beats suspects. How, then, can the man trying to bring him to justice be the "bad guy"?

Sunday, April 22 2007

The Sopranos Is the Most Influential Television Drama Ever

No one-hour drama series has had a bigger impact on how stories are told on the small screen, or more influence on what kind of fare we've been offered by an ever-growing array of television networks.

Wednesday, February 21 2007

The Bluth Company vs. Dunder Mifflin

Why couldn’t Arrested Development find a mass audience when The Office is thriving?

Thursday, February 1 2007

Cavemen R Us

GEICO's recent ad campaign offers yet another example of the ongoing search for cultural groups we can mock in public.

Thursday, January 25 2007

Different Worlds: Does The OC endorse the economic segregation that threatens America?

As The OC (and recent films such as Bring It On or Save the Last Dance) reflects, Americans are increasingly likely to live class-bound lives in class-bound places.

Wednesday, December 13 2006

The Lonely Tree: The Story of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock each did their stint as a lonely Mexican cowboy, it seems. These and other things you didn't know about A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Thursday, November 30 2006

Sing Along with Buffy

How exactly did a cheerleading assassin of the undead become a Rocky Horror cult musical hit?

Wednesday, October 25 2006

If Your Life Was a TV Show

Why Degrassi is realer than reality TV.

Tuesday, October 10 2006

All the Girls Were In ‘The Closet’ With Ellen DeGeneres

The true story about Ellen's fourth season, which includes the famous coming out 'The Puppy Episode (Parts 1 and 2)' is that it's really not about gay people at all: it's really about straight society USA, circa 1997.

Tuesday, September 26 2006

Watch The Wire

A tidal wave of hype should not dissuade you -- you should care that this HBO drama has returned for its fourth season.

Friday, September 15 2006

Balancing on The Wire: David Simon and America’s Forgotten War

The micro and macro storytelling mastery of HBO's The Wire shows the devastating effects creating social policy in the shape of war.

Thursday, August 24 2006

At the Intersection of Boob and Tube: The Bud-Sponsored Letdown of The Independent Television Festiv

Our fearless writer gets to the ever-retreating bottom of the Independent Television Festival and several free beers.

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