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  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +6 +1

    Is the age of the celebrity over?

    From the ‘Imagine’ video onwards, the famous have been treated with ridicule and anger during these fraught times – but is this really the end of a love affair, asks Rachael Sigee.

  • Analysis
    9 months ago
    by kxh
    +16 +1

    'Askers' vs. 'Guessers'

    In Ask Culture it's OK to ask for anything at all, but you gotta realize you might get no for an answer. In Guess Culture, you avoid putting a request into words unless you're pretty sure the answer will be yes.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by baron778
    +9 +1

    30 Seasons Of 'The Simpsons': How Matt Groening's Cartoon Family Of 5 Became A TV Institution

    It’s been almost three decades since “The Simpsons” changed from a rough collection of clips to the lunkheaded family everyone knows. “The Simpsons” started as short cartoons, but when they got their own series in 1989, a historically popular program was born.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +27 +1

    Chernobyl Isn’t a Just Story About an Accident

    Nuclear fission is Prometheus’s fire, updated and amplified for modernity. Under specific conditions, it’s a revolutionary source of power; out of control, it’s deadly and devastating. The first practical use of nuclear energy was as a weapon, designed for the express purpose of killing tens of thousands with the push of a button, and that legacy has enraptured humanity’s collective imagination ever since. Atomic power could save human civilization or destroy it, perhaps even accidentally, and we’ve lived under that threat for 75 years now.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +18 +1

    15 Things You Might Not Know About Chewbacca

    On Tuesday, April 30, actor Peter Mayhew—the actor who played Chewbacca for more than three decades—passed away at the age of 74 at his home in North Texas. As a tribute to the pop culture hero's iconic character, here are 15 things you might not know about Han Solo's BFF.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +19 +1

    The Art of the Pan: What’s the Point of a Bad Review in 2019?

    A scathing takedown can be cathartic, thrill-inducing, or necessary—sometimes all at once. But with the collapse of monoculture and the rise of social media, the critiquing game has changed. Have reviews gotten harsher? Softer? Writers from Pitchfork, The New York Times, and others reflect.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TentativePrince
    +14 +1

    GTA 5 Has Made More Money Than Any Film, Book or Game, Says Analyst

    Industry analyst Doug Creutz says Grand Theft Auto 5 has made money than any other form of media in history, with over 90 million units sold and $6 billion in revenue. Creutz, managing director and senior research analyst covering the media and entertainment sector at Cowen, told MarketWatch that the game has made more than blockbuster movies like Star Wars, and Gone With The Wind, which both brought in around $3 billion in theaters when adjusted for inflation. Creutz estimates that even with home entertainment sales, which he puts in the ballpark of $1 billion, the films don't come close to Rockstar's 2013 title.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +8 +1

    Nanette, self-deprecation and when not to use it

    There are many elements of Australian culture that I truly value and they are often found in our sense of humour. Whether it is the irreverence, the irony, the larrikinism, or hyper-realistic mockery of cliché’s and stereotypes in Baz Luhrmann’s films, these comedic tools capture aspects of our culture that I truly hope we never lose.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +2 +1

    How Grand Theft Auto created a virtual underground clubbing scene

    In 2002’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the first record you hear on a car radio is Billie Jean, no matter what you drive. Unseen code binds this piece of music to an important point in time and the experience of being behind the wheel. When I first got my driving licence, I recreated the moment in my crappy Vauxhall Astra, so strong was the association. In video games such as GTA, as in real life, music and memories are closely interlinked.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by baconfedora
    +1 +1

    Mos Def helping bring hip hop art gallery to South Bronx

    The Compound Gallery was founded by Set Free Richardson, and he's making it happen in partnership with Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def). The first exhibition will feature the iconic work of photographer Jonathan Mannion.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by dianep
    +9 +1

    Hiro Murai Is the Filmmaker of the Year

    Hiro Murai is having a moment. We’re nearing the halfway point of 2018 and you could make the case that the Tokyo-born director is the filmmaker of the year, and he hasn’t even made a feature. Between several exceptional episodes of Atlanta—including the haunting, beguiling “Teddy Perkins”—a couple of solid outings orchestrating the increasingly violent action on Barry, and the starkly confrontational video for Childish Gambino’s new single...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by LisMan
    +20 +1

    Rose Marie, Decades-Spanning Showbiz Veteran, Is Dead at 94

    Originally known as Baby Rose Marie, she became a star as a toddler and again on one of television’s most beloved comedies, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +12 +1

    Eminem 'Revival' Reviews: Here’s What Critics Are Saying

    Eminem’s ninth studio album, Revival, made its long-awaited debut last week and, while it certainly made a splash and dominated the headlines, the response it received was largely mixed. Revival features appearances from the likes of Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Kehlani, and X Ambassadors. But such star power was not enough to shield it from some harsh reviews.

  • Question
    3 years ago
    by nitinarora
    Question
    +1 +1

    Get Home Loan For Doctors With Bajaj Finserv

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +10 +1

    Nissin Introduces Noise-Canceling Ramen Fork

    Instant ramen titan Nissin is releasing a limited-edition fork that can detect the sound of noodle slurping and trigger a nearby smartphone to play a recording to mask the food noises. This little device costs around $130, and the Cup Noodle maker is only manufacturing 5,000 of them.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by roxxy
    +7 +1

    Rick and Morty Creator Dan Harmon “Loathes” the Show’s Sexist Viewers  

    Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has blasted his show’s sexist fans in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, calling their behavior “disgusting.” It seems a number of the animated comedy’s biggest fans are fragile of masculinity: Incensed by the show's recent decision to employ a gender-balanced writing team, these trolls have taken it upon themselves to harass, threaten, and dox its female writers for daring to encroach upon their white-male-nerd territory.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +1

    20 years in, Kid Rock, Eminem and ICP are politically relevant — and culturally divided

    Roll back the clock precisely 20 years, and you’d encounter a curious phenomenon bubbling up in Detroit. September 1997: Kid Rock had just landed a major-label record deal. Little-known Eminem was about to catch Dr. Dre’s ear and land his own. The face-painted duo Insane Clown Posse was grabbing headlines and hitting the charts amid controversy.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by ppp
    +20 +1

    Why the coming-of-age narrative is a conformist lie

    Near the end of J D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951), the novel’s hero Holden Caulfield buys his sister Phoebe a ticket to the carousel in the park and watches her ride it. It begins to rain, and Holden – having spent most of the book in some form of anxiety, disgust or depression – now nearly cries with joy. ‘I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth. I don’t know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +20 +1

    How Food Obsessions Fueled Literature’s Greatest Detectives

    One day, while scrolling through Twitter, a post from Kitchen Arts & Letters caught my eye. The renowned New York City bookstore was selling a “Nancy Drew Cookbook” from the ’70s, written by Nancy Drew author Carolyn Keene “herself.” (Keene was the pseudonym of several ghostwriters, male and female, who wrote the beloved mysteries over the years.) As a fan of Nancy Drew, retro recipes, and any intersection of food and literature, I found it too good to pass up.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by dianep
    +11 +1

    'I love you, man': New study explores evolution of the 'Bromance'

    Thanks to a decline in homophobia, straight men are now better able to embrace "bromances" with other men, according to a new study published in the journal Sex Roles. In order to explore the evolution of these so-called bromances -- which the report describes as being "more emotionally intimate, physically demonstrative, and based upon unrivaled trust and cohesion compared to their other friendships" -- the study's authors interviewed 30 undergraduate heterosexual and "mostly heterosexual" men studying sport-degree programs at a British University.