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Monday, November 19 2012

“You Can’t Be Lazy In Stand-Up:”: An Interview with Simon Amstell

The British comedian gets candid about himself, his own healing experiences, and the magic of hallucinogens.


Wednesday, October 31 2012

TV Networks Have a Knack for Axing Real Gems

TV shows come and go, but sometimes looking back on the programs that networks have axed can reveal some real gems. The 2006-2007 TV season on NBC had three such programs: one an over-hyped Aaron Sorkin vehicle, another an underappreciated hostage drama, and another a misunderstood examination at the lives of young mobsters.


Wednesday, September 26 2012

The Power of Language and Fear in ‘Doctor Who’

Language as we know it, is human. The Dalek's limited vocabulary suggests that they were once exposed to human language or were once human. The Dalek's world is limited by its primary purposes to kill enemies and achieve world domination.


Wednesday, September 12 2012

Body Politic: Rihanna’s Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart’s Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult

This week Flashpoints looks at the female body politic that is reflected in the hall of mirrors of pop culture. Our gaze is cast on what we think we see of Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.


Wednesday, August 29 2012

Steam-Powered Hard Drive: Sherlock Holmes As Modern Superhero From 1887-2012

As the world continues to celebrate Sherlock Holmes, PopMatters takes readers on a tour of the famous fictional phenomenon that spans books, radio, television and films.


Monday, August 27 2012

20 Questions: Harry Shearer

What can one say about the irrepressible comedic cultural critic Harry Shearer that hasn’t already been said – or that he hasn’t already said, himself (in an array of voices)? Never short of words, Shearer has a few things to say to PopMatters.


Thursday, August 9 2012

Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times—A Memoir

Starting in small clubs and eventually opening for Black Panther rallies, Jimmie Walker became an icon, playing J. J. on Good Times. He was the first successful young black sitcom star, and his catchphrase -- “Dyn-o-mite!” -- remains an indicator of the era.


Sunday, August 5 2012

Defending Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Network's shortfalls have come not by aiming too low, but instead in trying to buck the trends of the current cable landscape.


Thursday, July 26 2012

Flash Points: Penn State’s Cover-Up and the Ethics of Rape Jokes

This week Flash Points looks at the Penn State cover-up and examines the way powerful people typically go to great lengths to cover their collective asses. We also examine rape culture and the ethics of rape jokes.


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Bountiful Landscapes of Junk: The History Channel and Reality TV

As the American economy struggles in this eternal recession, the TV screen is filled with images that bring back a more primitive sort of capitalism, one which operates on the border between the compulsive hoarding and the accumulation for profit.


Thursday, July 12 2012

Flash Points: Making the Bus Monitor Cry, Frank Ocean’s Watershed Moment & Louie CK’s “Rape”

This week we critically examine the 'Make the Bus Monitor Cry' video, look at the watershed moment of Frank Ocean's coming out, and laugh with tears at the "rape" of Louie CK.


Wednesday, June 13 2012

The Good, The Bad, and the Stoned: An Interview with the Trailer Park Boys

Comedy phenoms the Trailer Park Boys stay true to their personal ethics despite their unabashed love for weed, booze, and prison. Here, they open up about who's stolen their weed, learning the hard way about glory holes, and the possibility of going into space.


When “Good” TV Goes Bad: Five (Out of Many) Flaws of ‘The Killing’

Deep into Season 2, the problems with AMC's The Killing are rich and varied in their depth and breadth... here are five.


Sunday, May 20 2012

Tea with ‘Sherlock’: Investigating the Investigators

BBC's Sherlock has crossed the pond for the second time to find a lively, if not exactly raging, fanbase waiting. Why is it now that the idea of a reinventing Sherlock Holmes is suddenly so alluring?


Sunday, May 13 2012

Watch It for the Clothes: The Class and Gender Warfare of ‘Gossip Girl’

The past few seasons of Gossip Girl have sent a consistent message to the series' largely female audience: women who attempt to climb the social ladder won't get a happy ending. Even ladies born wearing Prada diapers can expect their share of misery.


Wednesday, May 9 2012

Why Isn’t HBO’s ‘Girls’ Called ‘Rich Losers’?

Despite its intentions, Girls simply can't be a reflection of creator Lena Dunham's multicultural, multiracial, downwardly mobile generation -- the characters are too white, too wealthy, and most damningly, too insular and incurious about the world beyond them.


Sunday, March 25 2012

The Best Twitter Comic on the Planet?: An Interview with Rob Delaney

He looks like a regular dad. What you don't know about him, however, is how he is one of the funniest (and dirtiest) comedians alive, and owner of one of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time. Rob Delaney talks about the roots of his comedy, his pending lawsuit against Kim Kardashian, and more.


Monday, March 19 2012

‘Arrested Development’ Returns, Semioticians Rejoice!

The misuse of communication theory drives much of Arrested Development's humor.


Monday, March 5 2012

Gender and Corruption in ‘Boss’

The women of Boss are strong, smart and strategic, but can powerful women be happy too? How can they be mothers and leaders? Do they have to be cold and calculating?


Sunday, February 26 2012

Learning From Vampires: High Stakes Vampire Literature

What does society's fascination with vampire tales tell us about men, women and relationships? It's time to take one more look.


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