Culture Clips: Soaring ‘Reputation,’ Sinking Reputations

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Taylor Swift

This just in: Taylor Swift is kind of a big deal. For months, the pop star has been stirring the pop culture stew with a steady drip-drip-drip of singles, the lyrics of which have been parsed and dissected as if they were ancient Sanskrit texts. Now she’s given her fans a whole album, and it […]

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Engaging Wisely With Real-World Violence

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I had been planning on writing this blog even before the horrific events in Dallas, Texas, last night. As people gathered there to protest the shootings of two black men by police officers earlier this week, snipers opened fire on Dallas police working the event, killing five and wounding seven others. What I want to […]

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Technology & Behavior: Benefit, Bane or Both?

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There’s no question that technology is changing our behavior. The question is this: Is that a good thing or bad thing? A benefit or a bane? Perhaps the best answer is yes. Let me illustrate. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I recently leased a new Subaru that comes with all sorts whiz-bang […]

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Upsilon Circuit: One Strike and You’re Out

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If you’ve ever played an online role-playing game like, say, World of Warcraft, you know that they’re generally vast, open-world games that plop your avatar down in a digital world filled with hundreds of AI characters and literally thousands of gamers (when you tally up attendance across the many servers available). In those make-believe lands […]

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Movie Monday: Big Hero 6

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When it comes to movies, don’t mess with Marvel. Just don’t. It doesn’t matter how unknown the property is or obscure the cast is or if the director is a sentient bunny. It doesn’t matter if the only superpowers in play are seasonal allergies. If someone sees fit to bring a Marvel property to the […]

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Movie Monday: Dead Heat

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Dead Heat? You may be asking yourself right now. I never saw any trailers for any movie called Dead Heat. What, did Hollywood remake a little-seen, R-rated 1988 cop/zombie comedy starring Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo? No, no. Hollywood isn’t quite that bereft of new ideas yet. We don’t expect to see a remake of […]

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Seeing Saw

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I’d imagine that Halloween used to be Lionsgate’s favorite holiday. Instead of handing out free candy, the movie studio would give revelers the gift of Saw—a new movie every year—at, naturally, a steep price. And while none of the Saw movies were ever blockbusters (Saw II was the highest, ahem, grossing installment, earning $87 million), […]

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