Stupidity: Now Online!

The first (and only) time I saw the old MTV show Jackass, I figured society was in bigger trouble than I’d thought. Sure, the show’s producers posted disclaimers at the bottom of the screen (Yo! Don’t try this stupidity at home!) and host Steve-O would warn viewers not to be, well, stupid. After all, he […]

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Movie Monday: The Expendables

It was a truly expendable week at the box office, with Sylvester Stallone’s holdover The Expendables earning top honors with a paltry $16.5 million. Still, Sly and his band of mercenaries-of-a-certain-age still had to fend off a motley collection of competitors, from the spoofy undead (Vampires Suck, $12.2 million) to Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love, […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Tourism

I saw a piranha in Nebraska once. Granted, the fish in question—safely ensconced in a friend’s dorm room—subsisted entirely on Cheetos, old test papers and unwary college freshmen, which means it didn’t present a danger to normal folks. But if piranhas splash around in Nebraska dormitories and gnaw on calculus textbooks (“the fish ate my […]

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Keep It Short, Pastor

I just read about a guy on a quest that seems almost as daunting as the rich man’s challenge to thread a needle with his camel. Chris Juby, a worship director at King’s Church in the northern English city of Durham, has determined that he will summarize the Bible in a series of daily tweets—one […]

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Sliding the Chute to Incivility

Steven Slater. Hundreds of thousands of people seem to approve of this former flight attendant for losing his temper and cursing out passengers on a recent flight. Many consider him a role model. But I think his patron-saint-of-disgruntled-employees status is both ridiculous and … barometric. We’re all frustrated by the economy, our kids, our jobs […]

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It’s All About Celebrity, Dahling!

She’s famous for being famous—a minor actress who paved her way to celebrity through reality television, gossip rags and a touch o’ scandal. She’s been a sex symbol, a red-carpet fixture and a resident of the California penal system. She’d be a fitting icon for today’s celebrity-obsessed culture—if her celebrity heyday hadn’t been in the […]

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Unplugged

Let me make a confession: I kinda like media and technology. I work with it, I play with it, I write about it for a living. We live in an amazing time, filled with gadgets and entertainment options inconceivable when I was a little boy. A decade ago, the Internet was a relatively new plaything. […]

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The Age of Technology

The New York Times recently posted an article about mothers and technology, using a study from Parenting magazine and a woman’s social media Web site called BlogHer. The moms surveyed said that new tech could be a good thing for their families, even though it demanded more effort to keep up with the latest advances […]

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Talk to Me, Baby!

Just in case you were looking for another generational bone of contention between baby boomers and millennials, here it is: the common telephone. Cell phone, smartphone or landline, most age groups are spending a lot less time yakking into a handset. Two years ago, 18- to 34-year-olds spent 1,200 minutes a month speaking into a […]

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Movie Monday: The Other Guys

Salt couldn’t do it. Dinner With Schmucks couldn’t do it. But, after three weeks on top of the box office, a couple of Other Guys finally managed to knock off Christopher Nolan’s thriller Inception. The Other Guys, a Will Ferrell-helmed send-up of those action-packed buddy-cop flicks that have flourished on the big screen since, oh, […]

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The Eyes of Facebook Are Upon You

It looks like there’s another way that Facebook is serving mankind: By helping fix traffic problems in India. Hey, don’t underestimate the little social network that could. It all started when overburdened police officers in New Delhi started a Facebook page to let the public friend-up and give them suggestions on how the endlessly snarled […]

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Jumping the Shark … Literally

I’d like to begin today with a simple confession: My wife and I have always liked Shark Week. Ever since we met in 2003, Discovery Channel’s end-of-summer celebration of all things shark has been must-see TV for us. Just as Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom once captivated our imaginations as kids, so this cable channel’s […]

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A Christian by Any Other Name …

So is Anne Rice a Christian or not? The novelist—author of Interview With the Vampire and other supernatural bestsellers—says she’s not. Though Rice made a very public return to faith a few years ago, ditching her vampire trope in favor of some imaginative bios on the early life of Christ, she made a public, and […]

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