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Another Week Ends: Too Much Fun, Deflating Pikachu, Rock’N’Roll Church, Lovely Creatures, Facebook Grief, Self-Control, and The Forbidden Apple

Another Week Ends: Too Much Fun, Deflating Pikachu, Rock’N’Roll Church, Lovely Creatures, Facebook Grief, Self-Control, and The Forbidden Apple

1. “Are We Having Too Much Fun?” asks Megan Garber, in this week’s Atlantic, re-examining the objections of renowned tech-skeptic Neil Postman. Postman cautioned against a society focused too heavily on entertainment — a bitter pill to serve this Golden Age of TV that so often leaves us viewing life as a well-crafted episode. Moreover, Garber argues, when our entertainment is also our news (think […]

Another Week Ends: Robotic Employees, Free Speech Zones, Travel by Bubble, Carnival Culture, More <i>Love</i>, Less Self-Help, and Mary Tyler Moore

Another Week Ends: Robotic Employees, Free Speech Zones, Travel by Bubble, Carnival Culture, More Love, Less Self-Help, and Mary Tyler Moore

1. Ever feel like a robot at work? Well, the good news is, it’s the weekend so maybe you can hit your off-switch. The bad news comes from an article John Harris wrote in The Guardian, “Digital giants are turning workers into robots.” It’s about increasingly invasive programs which monitor work ethic. Eugh. The US retail chain Target announced in 2015 […]

"The Only Thing You've Got Is What You Can Sell": Making Peace with the Stories We Tell Ourselves

“The Only Thing You’ve Got Is What You Can Sell”: Making Peace with the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Death of a Salesman is one of my favorite stories, not because it is a piece of great “litracha,” but because it is about a man to whom I can profoundly relate. For anyone who wasn’t subjected to Arthur Miller’s masterpiece in high school, here are the basics: Willy Loman is a salesman harboring great expectations […]

Orwell and the English Language

Orwell and the English Language

I was watching PZ’s first talk in his New Persuasive Words series and he got me thinking of a tremendous essay by George Orwell called “Politics and the English Language.” They are both concerned with defaced words, language that has been drained of power and vividness and immediate connection to everyday life; that and the Bible! […]

Kerouac, Tolstoy, and The Egyptian -- Lenten Reflections

Kerouac, Tolstoy, and The Egyptian — Lenten Reflections

In Paul Zahl’s remarkable recent piece on the 1950s film The Egyptian, he puzzles over Jack Kerouac’s wild hatred of the film, especially as (PZ notes): “The title character, take away the toga, is [Kerouac] himself.” Perhaps the puzzle contains its own key? I defer to PZ here — since by far he’s our greatest […]

George Orwell and The Ministry of Law and Gospel

George Orwell and The Ministry of Law and Gospel

Dystopia(n): (1) an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives; (2) the opposite of utopian; (3) one of my favorite literary and cinematic genres (check out the top 50 dystopian movies on this list) It doesn’t matter whether it is Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel or Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, Waterworld or […]