March 2012

Fear and Loathing of Madison Avenue

31 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

US network television in recent years has become shy and predictable, not very groundbreaking, with a tendency to be extremely formulaic. When other networks saw that CSI was successful, for example, they started developing their own forensics shows ...

Notes From the Urban/Rural Divide: Accents

29 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

I have an accent that most people would consider fairly innocuous. It is ‘standard.’ It is the kind of accent well-educated Californians have, one that sounds unremarkable to many ears and would not be considered unacceptable in public ...

Heavy Expectations: Grief and Performance

26 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

Our society has a deeply conflicted relationship with grief. It doesn’t really want to see grief and mourning or be made aware that they happen and that people experience real sensations of pain and loss. People want to see grief neatly boxed ...

On the Outside Looking In: Class and Home Shows

25 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

With the explosion of reality television in the early 21st century came a particular genre: The home show. Whether people are swapping houses and decorating rooms, demonstrating home improvement techniques, hunting for real estate, or showing off ...

Anyone Can Be A Rapist

24 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rape statistics are extremely difficult to untangle, and a wide variety of numbers get thrown around, but it’s hard to pin down which one is accurate. Statistics for cis women are more widely discussed and reported, while statistics for cis ...

Some Empathy With Your Food Movement?

22 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

One of my most frequent criticisms of the food movement and the way it frames food reform is the lack of empathy for people who are not in a position to implement some of the changes recommended. Perhaps they are parents who are trying to balance ...
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