Abraham Lincoln’s Entertainment: “It Gave Him an Hour or Two of Freedom.”

Americans celebrate our Independence Day tomorrow—a day full of hot dogs and fireworks and family and friends for many folks. But for history wonks like me, it can also be a bit of a time of reflection. When I’m not watching movies or television shows or writing blogs and stuff, I tend to be reading. […]

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Culture Clips: Soaring ‘Reputation,’ Sinking Reputations

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

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?

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

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

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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