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Thursday, May 26 2005

The Great Creativity Challenge

Ever since the coaxial met the cathode ray, a competition has raged.


Monday, May 23 2005

Deathwatch 2005: Terry Schiavo and the Pope Antidote

When John Paul went from Pontiff to patient, he seemed to instantly wipe Terry and her hot button harangue off the map.


Wednesday, May 11 2005

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Let's stop blaming Janet's boob. The FCC's new effectiveness is a function of chest pounding, not exposing.


Thursday, April 14 2005

Watchful Eyes

Kids want entertaining visuals: bright colors, silly action, friendly faces. Songs are good too, inane songs that play in endless loops.


Tuesday, March 29 2005

Because I Said So: Robert Blake and the Media Blame Game

According to the law, and the Constitution we used to hold so dear, Robert Blake is an innocent man. Just don't expect the media to take the court's word for it.


Wednesday, March 23 2005

PopMatters Film Feature

Among the strangest spectacles available these days is the televised poker tournament.


Monday, January 24 2005

Funny with Class: Johnny Carson, 1925-2005

It was Carson's personal barometer for value that shaped pop cultural tastes, and in many ways continues to do so. Carson knew what was funny, and he knew how important funny was in difficult times. And he did funny with class.


Heeeere’s to Johnny…: Johnny Carson, 1925-2005

Johnny Carson was a comedic genius and lord of the evening talk show format whom generations of viewers welcomed into their homes for roughly three decades.


Tuesday, January 4 2005

Testament to His Craft: Jerry Orbach, 1935-2004

In the midst of the flash and cacophony issuing from the Idiot Box, Jerry Orbach emerged as a singular talent, his work an oasis of depth and humanity.


Wednesday, December 1 2004

Five Years of PopMatters: Television

Television continues to be a captivating window into our world, for better or for worse, and throughout all these shifts and events, PopMatters has worked to keep readers informed of what's going on in the strange universe of the boob tube.


Tuesday, November 2 2004

Real News

Perhaps Stewart and the Daily Show faux journalists offer something more like a traditional Fourth Estate's resistance to spin and message. Occasionally, they even push boundaries of what 'news' might do, encourage consumers to be skeptical and pissed off.


Monday, September 13 2004

Searching for Julia Child

Many vibrant personalities host cooking shows, as well as numerous exceptional culinary teachers. Few individuals are both.


Tuesday, July 20 2004

News You Can’t Use

Entertainment news shows are not interested in reporting


Tuesday, May 4 2004

Can the Subaltern Sing? Or Who’s Ashamed of William Hung?

No one expected that William Hung would now boast a CD out on Koch Records, an accompanying music video, and appearances on Ellen, the Tonight Show, and the Today Show. In other words, Hung is huge


Model Minority

The phenomenon of William Hung recalls such stereotypes: an infantilized, incompetent, and feminized (impotent) Asian male, he will never be 'the same'.


Monday, April 19 2004

Distraction TV

With the little matter of the Super Bowl Halftime Show to get over, Janet Jackson did what she had to do. She returned to TV.


Monday, April 12 2004

You Can Say Stuff With a Puppet You Can’t in Person: Trace Beaulieu in Orlando, Florida, 2004

MST3k taps into a more sophisticated language than do shows of lesser scope.


Monday, March 1 2004

Going Negative

Even if we never cease to be captivated by dirt, we need also to focus on substantive matters.


AIDS on TV

Oprah's appearance on Primetime Live did put faces and stories behind the devastating realities of the African AIDS crisis.


Thursday, December 11 2003

Better Times: Remembering Jonathan Brandis

It's unclear how comfortable Brandis was with the 'former teen idol' label, and to what degree that label affected his choice to take his own life.


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