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They're Fired! What Happens When 'They' Are We?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Life is a reality show, or so it seems. The weapon is humiliation; the pace is fast, and the loser is the one slowest on his/her feet. You don't need to be an intellectual for this show; you need to be a survivor. And for that you have to know how to make other people feel worse than you.

Kim Davies' "Smoke": An Examination of BDSM From the Inside Out

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 03.11.2017 | Entertainment
SaraKay Smullens

Deborah Block, my daughter-in-law, is the director of Kim Davies's "Smoke," now playing at Philly's Exile Theatre. I was out of town at a conference w...

The Helplessness in Being Bullied

Carol Smaldino | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Bullying in our culture is a serious enemy, but with it we are fighting not just outsiders but ourselves. We may have quieted our more fervent emotions and dreams to conform to -- yes, often -- political correctness -- which does leave all of us vulnerable to imploding and in some form exploding in anger or righteousness.

The Aftermath of Tribeca: James Franco on Adderall, Lily Tomlin as a Grandma, Jason Schwartzman with a Huge Penis, and the Wolfpack Are Coming to Your Local Theatres

Brandon Judell | Posted 05.28.2016 | Arts
Brandon Judell

Of the hundreds of films screened at festivals across the nation only a handful will wind up at your local theatres, and that goes for those lucky enough to have been viewed at the growingly prestigious Tribeca Film Festival (TFF).

Our Shamefully Sanctioned Sadism

Justin Frank | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Justin Frank

By page four of the torture report we have a clear example of the powerful effects sanctioned sadism had on how the CIA's handled detainees.

Social Media: Epic Power, Beauty and Terror

Max Benavidez | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Max Benavidez

Do you remember the shock wave in January 2009 that shook the media world when a tweet broke the hard news story that a plane had to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River? That's social media in action.

Re-Thinking Intelligence

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

We love intelligence, we respect intelligence and we laud it. We also have a bevy of assumptions around this intangible, ineffable but very powerful...

Everyday Sadism: Throwing Light on the Dark Triad

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.24.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

The Dark Triad of personality theory -- psychopathy, Machiavellianism and narcissism -- has been studied for years, and is fairly well accepted in psychological science. But now a triad of scientists is challenging the Dark Triad, suggesting that the construct is incomplete.

The Roman Spectacle of Charlie Sheen and the Gladiator Within Us

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Carol Smaldino

As we watch uprisings in other parts of the world, we don't recognize that it takes popular participation to stop the bullying. Instead, we fix our own addictions by visiting the modern Coliseum of TV or Twitter to see who said what.

Repeal, Redemption, and Ripple Effects

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Any talk of redeeming acts in public life tends to focus on individuals. Character and career are the arcs of this familiar story line, punched up by ...

A Letter to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen: Mercy for Gaile Owens

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If Gaile Owens is killed, she will be the first women to be executed by your state since Eve Martin was hanged in 1820.