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Better Baseball Through Technology

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

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Internet

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.

Internet

Twitter and the Borscht Belt Connection

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

Film

The Enduring Legacy of '21 Jump Street'

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

Film

Return of the Movie Blurb Game

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

Film

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.

Television

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!

Film

'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.

Games

'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.

Politics

Return of the Situational Ethicist!

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

Film

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?

Performing Arts

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.

Film

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.

Music

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...

Technology

15 Second Theater Presents…

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

Books

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.

Culture

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.

Technology

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.

Politics

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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