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The big news out of the island of Manhattan this week was the gripes of a resigning Goldman Sachs executive, the proverbial parting shot heard round the world. Instead of the usual poison pen letter to the boss or even a YouTube video posted on the...
This has to be the most unlikable cast of "Survivor." Ever. Is it just me, or were the previouslies super long tonight? Anyway, back from Tribal Council, Michael is very derisive about the Misfit Alliance voting out a "strong guy." Yes, they should...
Tags: Toys, Elections, Entertainment Events, Stand-up Comedy
About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She...
If there's one thing local news tends to be good at, it's scaring people. And if the coverage of this weekend's temporary closure of a 10-mile stretch of a Los Angeles highway is any indication, the news is still doing what it does best. Nearly 2,...
The knee-jerk, anti-Muslim theorizing in the immediate aftermath of Friday's terrorist attacks in Norway was not the American media's finest moment. In fact, it was a moment perfect for mockery, as Stephen Colbert deftly demonstrated on "The Colbert...
Reflecting upon growing voter indifference in democracies across the Atlantic, historian Tony Judt chalked it up to a roster of world leaders who "convey neither conviction nor authority" and "stand for nothing in particular." These words resonate in...
Tags: Philosophy, Foreclosures, Barack Obama, Elections, Democracy
I have no beef with the student Republicans. Oh, I disagree with them about affirmative action, and probably a dozen other things as well. But I am not troubled — amused, but not troubled — by the way they've expressed their view....
If there's any team in sports that deserves to be mocked, it's the Miami Heat. The temptation to dig into the Heat's NBA championship loss to the Dallas Mavericks -- and star Lebron James' arrogant behavior afterward -- proved too much last night for...
Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She also studies public...
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. Running it back: Life in...
Tags: Major League Baseball, Football, Adam Lind, Ed Reed, YouTube
GOP presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been catching a lot of criticism for his timidity in Monday night's debate. He refused to criticize frontrunner Mitt Romney over his Massachusetts health care plan despite doing so a...
Four decades ago, "Company" opened on Broadway, putting Stephen Sondheim firmly on the music theater map. The show left an indelible impression on a young person who saw the premiere in 1970. "I was taken to the show when I was 11 years old for my...
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