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Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey: Moral Hero

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.23.2013 | TV
Carla Seaquist

Invariably, if a matter of moral import were at issue, Matthew could be counted on to do the right thing, put it right. In a word, Matthew was a mensch.

Is Technology Changing the Way Children Develop Relationships?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We have entered a new era of relationships in which the rules and practices that have guided the development, maintenance and termination of relationships for eons are being rewritten.

Filibuster Reform Goes to Washington

Matt Jordan | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Matt Jordan

For as Jeff Smith says at the emotional height of his epic filibuster, "it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!" Let's hope the Senate does.

Eminem's Three Commandments

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Media
Marcia Dawkins

Paying attention to the guilt-redemption, love-hate and God-Devil themes found in Mathers's music is an important part of understanding how the perception of spirituality is active in today's popular culture.

Best 12 Albums for 2012

Dusty Wright | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots.

Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Box Office Magic Makes Middle Age the New 20-Something

Debra Sharon Davis | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Debra Sharon Davis

What does it mean when an intelligent film like Lincoln, in its sixth week of major release last weekend, came in number three at the domestic box office, beating both Skyfall and the the last installment of the Twilight Saga this busy holiday season?

Practical Ways to Teach Values to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Values are a pretty darned touchy subject to bring up these days when it comes to raising children.

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

Healthy Values Protect Your Kids From the Media's Unhealthy Messages

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

You can't just sit back and play defense when it comes to values. Popular media is just too powerful and omnipresent. You need to take your values directly to your children.

Norman Lear and Robert Rauschenberg

Anna McCarthy | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Anna McCarthy

Although much of his career is defined by television comedy, Norman Lear does not come off as a jokester. He is a careful listener, and when he speaks he uses precise gestures that complement his complete-sentence style of talking.

Media Teaches Bad Values to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

All you as a parent can do is educate yourself about these unhealthy influences on your children and do your best to limit their exposure to those messages and expose to them to positive values that will counteract the bad ones.

Developing Your Child's Healthy Self-identity

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.02.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Self-identity is one of the trickier aspects of a child's healthy development because you can't "do" things to your children to give them their self-identity.

Are the Media Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

How can children these days avoid being infected with this "disease" when, thanks to the wired world they live in, the majority of messages they receive venerate and encourage narcissism?

The Last Debate: The Final Installment of a Comic Book Trilogy

David Trumble | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
David Trumble


The Disturbing Sexualization of Really Young Girls

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.09.2012 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

Is there any chance that we can convince the companies that sell sexuality to young girls to just stop it because it is wrong? No way! So, as is so often the case with children, the buck stops with us.

Give Your Children the Gift of an 'Unmediated' Life

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

There is, as they say, more than one road to Rome. I can't offer you a clear and well-defined path that you should take in raising your children in this world so dominated by popular culture and technology.

Book Bloggers vs. Literary Critics: A Response

Foz Meadows | Posted 11.26.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

There's something rather satisfying about using the Huffington Post, a venue built on blogging, to respond to Peter Stothard's alarmist claim that book bloggers are ruining literature.

Words That Shaped Last Week: 'iPhone 5,' '47 Percent,' and 'Robsten'

Vanity Fair | Posted 11.24.2012 | Media
Vanity Fair

For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.

Raise Children, Not Consumers

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Popular culture is now so ubiquitous, intense and unrelenting that if your children are exposed to it without sufficient limits or guidance, it will go far beyond simple entertainment and become a powerful -- and unhealthy -- influence on them.

America's Global Revenge

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.14.2012 | World
Dr. Jim Taylor

The fact is that the world loves what America represents: freedom, wealth, popular culture, and materialism. Most of the world wants what we have. And, by gosh, we're going to give it to them, the good, bad, and the ugly, whether they like it or not.

Tasting Rihanna's Cake: Sweet Bodies in Popular Culture

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 10.01.2012 | Black Voices
Fabio Parasecoli

Young black female performers might seem to have found, in the triangulation of their flesh, food, and sexiness, the key to affirming their commanding womanhood and their agency.

Two Non-business Model-related Questions I Ask When Evaluating a Company (Part 1)

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

To develop meaningful and disruptive innovation, I believe we need to question all existing beliefs and have vision about what the future holds. We can't be afraid to buck social conditioning or take risk.

The Star-Crossed Mythopoetics of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight

G. Roger Denson | Posted 03.20.2016 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson


Popular Culture and "The System"

Laura Finley | Posted 09.08.2012 | Home
Laura Finley

What is important about vampire and apocalyptic films and books is that the heroes are not just battling a solo evil character and his or her clan. Rather, all of these offer a critique of "the system."

PopConLA 2012

Clarissa Burt | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Clarissa Burt

Though somewhat under the radar, PopConLA is beginning to look like it will be the next must-go-to media convention. But, will it really be worth it to drop your hard earned cash on some tickets?