Patriotism vs. Nationalism? How does one different from the other, and when do the lines blur?
This episode starts off with the guys attempting to dissect the public’s fascination with villains, devolving speedily into what doesn’t work about the Todd Phillips film Joker. Here there be SPOILERS, so beware.
Dead Times invasion! This week, Donovan and Harrison (Harry?) are joined by returning guest hosts Peter “Peter” Peter and April A.K.A. Number One Battlestar Galactica Fan to talk about Twitter crimes and Twitter punishment, Facebook’s data Easter Egg hunt, and good ol’ YouTerrorize. … More Why Does Social Media Suck?
This week the guys discuss the return and mythology of Dave Chappelle, more racism against Asians, language, hatred, and the use of violence in media.
Much to Donovan’s horror, his old Catholic middle school made the news that the Harry Potter series was banned for fear of evil soul conjuring. He and Harry knock their heads together, discussing Charismatic Christianity, Church Militarism, and more things the bible says not to do.
Kelly returns for the second in an accidental nerd duology, in which three unrepentant weebs discuss the complications of importing and exporting works of entertainment, how these cultural exports are tweaked for international sensibilities, accessibility, and even censorship. … More How Do You Translate International Pop Culture?
This week, Kelly returns to the show to challenge the integrity of an old, old, old talking point so often trotted out in the wake of mass shootings (in that impossible space between “let the families grieve” and “politicize the tragedy”). How to explain the epidemic of gun deaths and massacres in this country? I don’t know. Ms. Pac-Man? Even though war veterans will tell you first-person shooters don’t adequately capture the trauma of combat (despite developers’ best… efforts?) and the sleeve-worn biases of ’90s-born moral panic, we’re back with the soft reboot of “video games cause problems,” which fell upon perhaps a new generation of ears, this time uncaring, Fortniting. … More Do Video Games Cause Real World Violence?