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Ratings, Low, Killed the Video Star

A previous generation asked, what if they gave a war and nobody came? Today we reframe that existential query for the current young generation: what if MTV gave a party and nobody came? This year’s MTV Movie Awards ratings were down 27%. Why? Eight reasons: Scheduling. I mean, when you can choose, why schedule a basic-cable awards show against the season premiere of Mad Men and the rather eventful second episode of this season of Game of Thrones? It’s too
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Autism

Jump (for my love)

Last week in this space, I discussed my issues with the film The Horse Boy, more specifically the many PhD-level experts in that movie who gloss over the fact that they’re advocating cognitive dissonance for parents of autistic children. This week, partly as parity, I want to give my unconditional love and respect to a book called The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. This won’t come as a surprise to those of you who identified the quote that headers
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Populism

4 Guns to the Head, or How the Early 90s Became the Late 90s during 1994 / Part 3 of 4: The Domestic Politics

Over here on the populism part of this blog, this April is about 1994. In the last two weeks, I’ve identified two linchpin moments that shifted the early 90s to the late 90s – in brief, the guns to the heads of Kurt Cobain and O.J. Simpson. There was a third gun to a head in 1994 – or at least, that’s what Bill Kristol called it. This was the gun that moved American political affairs from the populist, solution-based,
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