Was Kathy Griffin’s Anti-Trump Photo ‘Art?’

Artists (whether you like them or not) push boundaries. Sometimes this goes unnoticed, and other times it creates such a stir that a tidal wave of reaction hits as a result. Kathy Griffin learned the hard way that art can provoke in a way that comes with consequences. On Tuesday, Griffin posted a photo of … Continued


Why The Rock Shouldn’t Run for President

Dwayne Johnson is riding about as high as one could get these days. The Artist Formerly Known as The Rock is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, and the NAACP’s Entertainer of the Year. His current film, The Fate of the Furious, set the record for the highest-grossing opening of all … Continued


Why Timelessness, Not Political Timeliness, Makes for the Best Stories

Timely. Relevant. Resonant. These are the promotional watchwords for must-see TV and movies in our politics-saturated pop culture today. The New York Times recently published a piece about the “timeliness” of the new Starz series American Gods because of the show’s pro-immigration theme. The Times also advertised Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The … Continued


Media Perplexed: Four Children are “Work”

You don’t have to be a fan of Kellyanne Conway to be angry at how the headlines treated her last week. All you have to be is a parent blessed with a large family. In the latest public skewering of an advisor to the president, Conway was roundly mocked for the reason she gave when … Continued

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Don’t Define Your Neighbors by the Fringe

People hoped that after the election, political tensions would recede. You’d be able to return to your social media feed to see baby pictures, funny jokes, and what your friends are having for dinner, without having to brace for political warfare. While that’s happened a little bit and politics isn’t as front-and-center as it was … Continued


Does Character Matter Anymore in Politics?

The 2016 presidential election seems headed toward a showdown between the two least-liked presidential candidates since American voters have been polled on the question—and with good reason. One is a vindictive, politically ruthless, unrepentant liar; the other is an egomaniacal, boorish, bullying braggart. Neither one even bothers to pay lip service to the values of … Continued


To the Chinese, Our Presidential Debates are a Bad Sitcom

Can Chinese citizens gain an appreciation for democracy by watching American presidential debates? That is one of the premises of a group that is translating and subtitling the Republican primary debates for Chinese consumption. The Guojiang Subtitle Group, which is made up of about six dozen volunteers across China, subtitles American debates and uploads them … Continued

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