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Books For The Trump Years

Michael Winship | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

These are the times that try men's and women's souls. With inauguration day just weeks away, if you must curl up in a ball in front of a fireplace or ...

America, Stop Watching the Sideshow and Feel the Bern

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

Sanders is the only candidate who represents the section of society that has had enough of being lied to, that has had enough of being hoodwinked by successive administrations that have promised much but done nothing but make life harder for the common man and woman.

Reality Bites: Palin Endorses Trump

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 01.20.2017 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

A politician who wanted to become a Reality TV star endorses a Reality TV star who wants to become a politician. This is what we have come to. And it is no surprise.

Donald Trump Is Going to Be President

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 09.15.2016 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

We have reached a point of no return. 40,000 hours of TV watching have primed a nation for Donald Trump. We no longer elect presidents, we elect 'Entertainers in Chief.'

Why Smart People Must Learn Video Now

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 05.29.2016 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

In 1985, Neil Postman published a book called Amusing Ourselves to Death. Every once in a while, you read a book that completely changes the way you see the world. Once (or maybe twice) you read a book that changes the course of your life. This was one of those.

Putting Computers in Their Place: Computer Chess and The Nerd Origins of Today's Technopoly

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

You probably haven't heard of Computer Chess. After all, it has no stars in it. What Computer Chess has going for it, though, is that it tells the unvarnished, gawky truth about the early days of this public menace we've come to know as the 'computer.'

The Liberal Media

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Craig K. Comstock

No doubt we do have a "liberal media" but it consists mainly of professional comedians. Except for the brilliance cast by a tiny fraction of periodicals, by an edge of the Internet, and by a few TV shows, the liberal media consists largely of jokers who help us to laugh so we won't cry.

How Twitter Is Wrecking the Elections and More... Probably

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 12.18.2012 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

The Tea Party may love to make references back to the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, but really the culture we have created (and continue to create) is vastly different from what the nation was like 150 years ago. And it's only going to get worse.

Educating for Democracy: Can We Grow Up?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The United States is almost unique in the world in the emphasis and attention placed upon our collegiate teams, especially in football and basketball.

The Selling of the Presidency: Politics in the Age of Television

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.17.2012 | Media
John W. Whitehead

We have entered a new age of political discourse in which Americans, sheeplike, are content to think in sound bites and elect a president based on who can deliver the best campaign slogans and punch lines.

Facebook Study Explains Why We Spend So Many Hours Stalking Each Other

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 07.05.2012 | Technology

Americans spend eight hours a month on Facebook. And now, thanks to research by a team of university professors, we know better than ever why we just ...

Mayhem in the Making: A Political Circus, An Out-of-Control Government Bureaucracy and a Distracted Populace

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the day after the next president is elected, the government as we have come to know it -- corrupt, bloated and controlled by big-money corporations, lobbyists and special interest groups -- will be largely unchanged.

Busted: The Myth Of Reality Television

Debra Ollivier | Posted 02.27.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In the early nineties I was hired to work as a story editor on one of the first reality TV shows. It was called "American Detective." Back then there were only a few of these shows and they were (and still are) cheap to produce.

The Tea Party, Right-Wing Media and the Dog That Didn't Bark

Will Bunch | Posted 11.28.2011 | Media
Will Bunch

Did the Tea Party become, in that famous Sherlock Holmesian expression, the dog that did not bark? For the most part, yes. So what was all that barking that woke America up in the middle of the night? It was the right-wing media, and its echoes, that you heard.

Iran, Al Sharpton, Sarah Palin and Myths About "Media Bias"

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Asghar

When we began to receive more information than we could possibly digest, we grew able to digest only that which is tasty and entertaining -- in politics, in education, even in religion.

Jackson Media Miscoverage: Our Modern-Day "Bread and Circuses"

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

If you needed any proof that we are now officially an entertainment-driven culture, the embarrassing spectacle of fawning coverage of the popular song-and-dance man's passing provided it.

My Favorite Hate Email From the Religious Right

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Religious Right has seduced millions of Americans with titillating hatred and lies.

Amusing Ourselves to Death -- How to Waste Our Last (Obama) Chance

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

President Obama is a serious man trying to rescue a frivolous trivialized nation with the attention span of an inebriated jellyfish.

Aloha, Mr. Hand

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

For all his reliance on social science research, in The Dumbest Generation Mark Bauerlein doesn't present any evidence to justify his assertion that this generation is the dumbest in American history.