‘Mindhunter’ and the Glamorization of Serial Killers

Recently, Netflix released a new original series, Mindhunter, exploring the minds of serial killers. In 1977, F.B.I. hostage negotiator Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) begins to question the troubling nature of criminals who seem immune to all reason. Along with agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), a behavioral science specialist, Ford interviews some of the United States’ … Continued

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The Only Way to Rebuild the Marriage Culture

If you spend any significant amount of time reading about the long-term decline of marriage among Americans with less education and lower incomes, you’ll notice a pattern: Liberals tend to blame the decline on labor-market forces, while conservatives tend to blame it on cultural and political factors. The standard liberal view is that structural economic … Continued

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The N-Word and the Triumph of Vulgarity

For the second time in the past month, a video of a group of white girls shouting the N-word made the rounds on the internet. The first was uploaded a few weeks ago, and showed a sorority at the University of New Hampshire singing along to a rather obscene rap song which included the slur … Continued

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The Emmys are a Symptom of a Dying Common Culture

Donald Trump was the star of Sunday Night’s Emmy Awards. The Apprentice wasn’t nominated for anything this year and he wasn’t physically at the theater, but the people who were there couldn’t stop protesting him, poking fun at him, even singing about him. Alec Baldwin won an award for portraying him on Saturday Night Live—and … Continued

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Miss America Goes Political, Like the Rest of the Culture

In most ways, the Miss America pageant seems like an anachronism—a leftover from a bygone era where women were showcased on a stage in a variety of costumes and explicitly judged on their beauty. Sure, they’ve worked to emphasize the talent portion of the contest, the contestants’ community service, the Miss America Organization’s role as … Continued

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‘Stars Wars’ and the End of Culture

Two noteworthy events happened in 2015: the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the publication of Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society, by Mario Vargas Llosa. Seemingly different, the two works actually have a lot to do with each other. Notes on the Death of Culture is a … Continued

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Cards Against Humanity: We Are the New, Crude Victorians

“In 1000 years, when paper money is but a distant memory ________ will be our currency”  Your choices to fill in the blank are: “The Jews,” “Black People,” “Coat Hanger Abortions,” or “Poorly Timed Holocaust Jokes.”  Congratulations! You’ve just played your first hand of Cards Against Humanity. I recently played Cards Against Humanity with a … Continued

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The Case Against the Case Against High School Sports

By nature, adolescent boys like to do dumb, dangerous, and physically challenging things. This is not the case with all boys, but it a general truth about most boys. High school sports, especially football, help to harness this energy and turn it into to something positive. That’s my short answer to “The Case Against High … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Sports

Chivalry and Gay Men

Slate’s Katy Waldman posted a short piece Thursday commenting on an Advocate article by Neal Broverman which raised a question about gay men and chivalry. The gay Broverman described an incident in which a trio of apparently straight men held an elevator door open for him to exit first, and it prompted him to wonder … Continued

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