Category Archives: Commentary

The Longest Lie

It’s the one that says that Hollywood only cares about getting  money. It’s the one where all you need to do is show success at a high enough level for Hollywood and its associated industries to “follow your example.” It’s … Continue reading

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The Sympathy of White Knights

Once again, there is a massive killing involving firearms in the US. And, once again, we have an outpouring of John Waynes, Harry Calahans, and Marion Cobrettis expressing their 2nd Amendment fantasies. These are people who ignore the victims, the … Continue reading

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Reviewing on Good Authority

Here’s a question: Do you worry about your accomplishments as a chef when you taste food for the first time and find that it is not to your liking? Do you recount your experiences in NASCAR when some crazy driver … Continue reading

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Where Stereotypes Reign

Want to see where stereotypes go unchallenged? Where sexism, misandry, and misogyny go unchecked? Where fat-shaming and body issues go hand in hand? Where you can give your racism a veneer that most rights groups don’t really bother to confront, … Continue reading

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The Lesson of Monopoly

I’m sure most people have played “Monopoly.” But I wonder if anyone has ever stopped to consider the consequences that the game was trying to convey. Think about the conditions that it takes to win.  And then, think about “competitive … Continue reading

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Fantasy vs. Reality in Storytelling

This is an outgrowth from the discussion at Ars Marginal about the Chosen One motif found in televised and printed media.  Some of the discussion moved towards using more historical references for developing better characters of color OR telling their … Continue reading

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On Lesser Evil

The idea of “Lesser of Two Evils” is absurd on its face. Because a “Lesser Evil” is still Evil. When you attempt to rationalize your support of evil deeds by telling yourself that it could be worse, you cut yourself … Continue reading

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Just Read Supergirl #2

This is not going to be a full-fledged review. Just highlighting something that has been going on since Loeb’s “Dark & Gritty™” reboot of Supergirl many years ago. This now marks the 4th time that the Superman character has been … Continue reading

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Pause…Reflect…

What happens when you cheer openly for the death of others? What happens when the first reaction to a body hitting the ground in a pool of blood is wild applause? What happens when no reflection of life except for … Continue reading

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Analysis: Blond Ambition

This actually came to me while watching (and being thoroughly repulsed by) Hancock.  When you look at this particular sub-genre of multimedia productions, one thing you might notice is that blond-haired women are not only super-powered, but often their powers … Continue reading

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