Tag: pop culture
Apoloigizing for my hometown
Though technically created in a lab by Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest’s birthplace is listed as Atlanta (Dunwoody, to be exact, but close enough). We’re sorry. Having done his part to make pop music and TV unbearable the carefully programmed carbon rod on Wednesday announced he is branching out to movies. The budding producer’s first film…
The most mawkish of the 9/11 retrospectives
The BIO channel is running a Sept. 11 special so offensive you assume it’s a parody. It’s not. Hollywood spares no hyperbole when patting itself on the back. When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9/11 Story Never forget the sacrifices made by pop stars like Lance Bass and J.C. Chasez, the REAL heroes of Sept.…
My Harry Potter memories
Once I was sitting on a plane next to a woman reading one of the Harry Potter books. “Have you read [Harry Potter & the Troll’s Gall Bladder?] yet?” “No. I’m an adult.” That is all.
Hollywood vs. the kids
The cultural right’s fixation on permissiveness misses the real threat presented by the entertainment industry. Fame is the leading value emphasized by television shows popular among 9-to-11-year-olds, a major change from the past, according to a study by UCLA psychologists released today. Fame was 15th among 16 values in similar studies conducted in 1987 and…
Worst trend ever
Learn The Bachelorette Flash Mob Dance! Wanna play a cruel trick on yours truly? Set me up with a flash mob enthusiast. Speaking of, is this not the most annoying commercial ever? Braves fans like myself are subjected to it a good 20 times a night — bad enough we have to endure Chip Caray.
Okely dokely, Romneytron
The Anchorman tries oh so hard. “South Park is funny,” he admitted, adding, “you know your faith has made it big time when it’s being made fun of on Broadway.” But even more shocking was his admission that he read and enjoyed Twilight, the vampire series that became that movie your 12-year-old cousin wouldn’t stop…