Monthly Archives: May 2012

Teen magazine manufactures new holiday dedicated to shopping

Anyone with doubts that the primary way in which Americans commemorate and celebrate is to shop should see all the proof they need in the announcement that Teen Vogue magazine is organizing its own private holiday dedicated to shopping called

Now joining the Un-History channel is Non-Animal Planet with its feature on mermaids

We’re used to the History Channel running pseudo-historical and non-historical shows. And the only thing it seems you can discover on the Discovery channel nowadays are fantasies and fiction. Et tu, Animal Planet? This past weekend, the cable channel built

Is the mainstream moving left or just reacting to right-wingers behaving badly?

The mainstream seems to be taking a hard look at some of the more radical ideas of the right wing. Over the past week or so, we have seen a number of signs that the mainstream is beginning to push

Latest Parade Magazine begs question: has eating replaced buying stuff as the way to celebrate in America

Most of us have heard of twice baked potatoes and those who frequent Chinese restaurants often see twice cooked pork on the menu.  And home brewers sometime pride themselves on their twice fermented beer. But today’s Parade Magazine one-ups all

What Facebook does in first few trading days is meaningless. Media coverage is a form of celebritiosis

The major business news story this morning was the fact that Facebook fell four points or a little over 11% in its second day of trading.  It led the business pages of The New York Times and Yahoo!, Google and

OpEdge author admits he’s wrong: comic books can be an art form for adults

One of my favorite scenes in movies is at the very beginning of Chinatown, when Jack Nicholson says to a cuckolded husband, “When you’re right, you’re right.” I’ve seen the movie at least 10 times and every time I want

Movies from comic books are one more sign of the infantilization of American adults

My generation read comic books growing up: Superman, Batman and their various ancillary Supers and Bats. Green Lantern and Green Hornet, Archie and Jughead. And then most of us stopped at about 12 or 13, and moved on to other

By starting with commercialization and going to ritual, Mother’s Day reverses pattern of most American holidays

Mother’s Day dominates the news media today. Every newspaper has a Mother’s Day story on the front cover and every television and radio news show is running a Mother’s Day feature. The New York Times Book Review starts reviews of

Another culture war skirmish: Dissident rightwing Catholic school baseball team won’t play team with female 2nd base

While we watch the battle of how the battle over gay marriage affects the election (a battle, of course), real life marches on.  And in Arizona, that means another manifestation of right-wing craziness. This week, a Phoenix high school baseball

President’s support for gay marriage is great, but the battle isn’t over yet

Civil rights activists and those who believe in the separation of church and state have reason to rejoice at President Obama’s decision to come out of the closet and support gay marriage. But that one deed does not give gays