Current Events

Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Small Talk Hall of Fame

"I've been called good, bad, stormy, strange — you name it."...

Current Events

Empty Room Politics: Brilliant, Maddening, Dangerous

When your candidate takes no position and you fill in your own blank, be wary of what you actually get....

Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… The Wages of Expectations

What if the economy was actually better and our sense of entitlement was worse?...

Sugar Water, Television

Sugar Water: Undead My Heart

The zombies of AMC's "The Walking Dead" promise to eat your heart out when they return for the series's midseason premiere this Valentine's...

Current Events

An Open Letter To NPR’s Mara Liasson

Public radio that does not study Fox News' history is doomed to repeat it....

Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… Bloody January

We're all driving up to that same rest stop. Seeing those who aren't going back out on the road ever again is inevitable....

Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Here There Be Monsters”

They say there are strangers, who threaten us/In our immigrants and infidels...

Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Deck the Halls With Racist Volleys”

Why do politicians make racist comments? Because it can get them elected. ...

Current Events, Music, News

BREAKING NEWS: R&B legend Allen Toussaint dies at 77

New Orleans musical cornerstone Allen Toussaint has died at the age of 77 in Madrid, Spain.  The award-winning artist was known for songs...

Consumerism, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It to Yourself: Sneaker Pimps

Like Run-DMC, me and My Adidas do the illest things. You know, slaying all suckers who perpetrate, laying down law from state to...

Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “American Civilization and Its Discontented”

Welcome to the Age of Disruptors...

Current Events, Film, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Alexandra Pelosi

The Popdose Interview with filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi on her new HBO documentary "San Francisco 2.0"...

Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Potter Isn’t Selling, Potter’s Buying”

The stock market crash leads to the inevitable question: is the sky falling? ...

Consumerism, Current Events, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It To Yourself: Shaped Crusaders

Take a look at the picture above.  Do you know what it is?  Can you identify it?  Of course you can!  You probably remember its catchy...

Current Events, Film, Keep It to Yourself

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,...

Star Wars Episode VII is coming. What else do you need? (starwars.com photo)

Current Events, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 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...

Current Events, Television

Bill Cosby’s Un-Interview

The comedian is waging a silent defense of rape allegations, and the nation faces a crisis of conscience. ...

Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Disintegrating Democrats”

The Democratic Party's Strategy for the 2014 Midterms: "Run Away! Run Away!" ...

Current Events, How Bad Can It Be?, Music, Popdose

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...

Consumerism, Current Events, Keep It to Yourself

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...

Current Events, PopSmarts

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,...

Popdose, PopSmarts

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...

Current Events, PopSmarts

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...

Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… Rise of the iHoles

If your kid is starving for your love while you'd rather be crushing it on Candy Crush, you may be an iHole....

Current Events, PopSmarts

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....

Current Events, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Fractured Mirror

There’s a new top dog on the Young Adult block. The film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA novel Divergent opened a couple...

Current Events, Keep It to Yourself

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...

Current Events, Film, Popdose, PopSmarts

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...

Current Events, Popdose, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: The Politics of Haunting

It’s a holiday tradition; the low murmur of the stereo in the corner of the kitchen, filling the house with the sounds of Yuletide...