Keep It To Yourself: Finding Vivian’s Copyright

A few nights past Dr. Keepit and I watched “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about an unknown photographer whose street scenes, cityscapes and studies of ordinary people rival those of the great Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Maier didn’t exhibit her ...

24 current reasons to be thankful in 2014

Sure, the government’s a mess, the environment is spiraling out of control and American cities are actually burning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to consider some of the reasons we all have to be thankful. So everyone, please put down your ...

Bill Cosby’s Un-Interview

Into the absence of an explanation, the public will provide their own. It’s a human compulsion to find a linking narrative when those strands are not available. When discussing a scandal, both criminal and unthinkable to the average person, the mind immediately ...

Pop Politico: “Disintegrating Democrats”

 

“I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to ...

POP CULTURE: The Campaign To Buy Neverland Ranch

In most cases, I would say this was pretty good on the bullshit-factor scale.  BUT this is real, folks.  A fundraising campaign on GoFundMe has begun to purchase Michael Jackson, the now-deceased, self-proclaimed “King Of Pop”‘s mansion.  The asking price ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Internet’s Own Boy”

It isn’t enough that we live in a time of “Big Brother is REALLY watching you” with downloading documents from the internet and having authorities at your door a minute later.  Such is the tragic case of Reddit co-founder and ...

Keep It To Yourself: 50 States of Grey

Just so you know, this isn’t a sexy article.  It’s about recent legal developments concerning grey market goods; not some pervy tycoon and his obsession with nubile coeds.  Sorry!

Now then, what are Grey Market goods?  In a nutshell they’re legally made ...

PopSmarts: Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

It’s been a little more than a week since Slate published a piece that — across your Old Professor’s little corner of the Internet, anyway — touched off a firestorm. Ruth Graham’s article is cheekily titled “Against YA,” but ...

PopSmarts: Come On, Pilgrim

Critical objectivity can be difficult to sustain. As members of the family, we have an implicit contract with our readers to consider each work on its own merits, without undue preconceptions; to determine what a given project is trying to do, ...

PopSmarts: Wave a Red Rag

There’s a feeling you get. You know the one.

You’re listening. It’s a song you’ve heard before, maybe many times. Heard it, but really never listened. One of those songs that always just sort of been there. But this time, on ...

Rise Of The iHoles

Don’t look now, because they’re not. You can ask them to look up anything on their smartphones, but they’ll never actually look up at you. In fact, the zombie apocalypse would be preferable to this because at least the zombies acknowledge your ...

PopSmarts: What Becomes a Legend Most?

The second season of Vikings, last year’s basic-cable breakout hit, is coming into its homestretch, and the intrigues are piling up. Handsomely shot on locations in Ireland and Canada, and boasting magnetic lead performances, Vikings tells the story of

Keep It To Yourself: The Hawking Dead

My very first KI2Y column on PopDose was this clever bit about how rights of publicity might attach to dead celebrities.  Do rights to famous folk’s images survive their tragic demise, or do they rest in peace in Hollywood Forever Cemetery?  Let’s revisit ...

Beatlefest 2014: And?…

So it came to pass that this weekend is the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the United States.  It is well established what their coming meant – for music and more importantly, for society – which would impact ...

PopSmarts: Two Thumbs Up

The art of film involves many collaborators, the most important of whom — as I’ve written before — is the audience. We are more than passive receivers. It is we, the audience, who bring the movies to life. Writers ...

PopSmarts: It Only Begins With L-O-L

Thanks to the fortunes of History and the inevitable bending of the Universe’s moral arc towards justice, our children, gay and straight, are growing up in a world where it is easier than ever to be queer-positive (though nowhere near ...

PopSmarts: Trouble Shooting

I talk about a lot of different iterations of pop culture in these columns — film, literature, music, comics — but even the casual reader will notice that there’s a big video game-shaped hole in the Old Professor’s discourse. I ...

PopSmarts: A Reputation For Difficulty

We who take it as a vocation to criticize the efforts of others must take great care to keep our own behavior above reproach. It is particularly bad form to take a fellow critic to task when he or she ...

Popdose Politicks: On The Edge Of The Syrian Seat

DwD: So, why is the president all hyped to go to war against Syria? Sure, he says it is not a war, but it is an attack on Syria, which we must countenance as an act of war.

My thought, and it ...

Ya-whom: Is The Marissa Mayer Narrative Unfair?

As expected, the criticism of Yahoo (I refuse to tack on the exclamation point) CEO Marissa Mayer has been itself singled out for sexist overtones, that the negatives would not have been aimed at her if she had been a man instead. ...

PopSmarts: Heavy Elements

So this week the geek world (Doctor Who division) is abuzz over the announcement that cussy Caledonian Peter Capaldi has been cast as the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor. Capaldi will surely bring a new energy to the venerable British sci-fi institution ...

PopSmarts: The Cautionary Tale of Vitorino and Macarena

It’s high summer, and we’re in the midst of wedding season. And if you’re going to a wedding this summer, then there’s a chance you’re going to find yourself doing the Macarena.

This is especially true if you’re attending that wedding in ...