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Game of Thrones Makes Its Audience Complicit

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a masterpiece, it really was. (SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT.) It worked even more perfectly than I guessed it would have, having read the books and known what was coming. I’m going to leave the in-depth recapping aside—Scott does a great job of it…

Don’t let them win

There's been an interesting surge lately in protests against online misogyny, kicked off by the rather strange case of douchebags dogpiling of Alyssa Rosenberg for having the nerve to be an even-tempered pop culture blogger for Think Progress. Oh yeah, and with a vagina. That, it is believed, was her…

Men on the TV

I've been really happy with the reception I've gotten for a piece I did on masculinity and high-quality TV drama.  (It got reprinted on Jezebel, which I think may be my first byline for them, believe it or not.) Alyssa Rosenberg calls it "prestige TV", and I think that's exactly the…

In defense of the low road

I love most of this review of the double episode of "Louie" by Alyssa Rosenberg, but I have to object to this: I should note that I tend to hold jokes made by liberals about evangelical Christians to a higher standard. If you’re going to venture into an arena of…

“Breaking Bad” and the problem of evil

Spoilers of the most recent season. "Breaking Bad" is back with its fourth season, and it's causing some interesting writing about the moral universe of the show. Alyssa Rosenberg is close to my view of it.  Chuck Klosterman, who has this amazing knack for being thought-provoking and interesting while so…

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