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Author: Lisa Tate

Murder Most Melodious: My Favorite Down-Home Death Songs

Written by on 3 May 2017

Concerned citizens: “Movies and video games are so violent today.” Bluegrass musicians: “Hold my moonshine…” Political arguments come and go, but when the ideological fights du jour have faded into something new, always in season is the question, “Is there too much glorified violence in the movies and in television?” Short answer: Yes. Long answer: […]

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The Last Jedi Reveals its Trailer, and Fans Unleash the Theories

Written by on 17 April 2017

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 wrapped up Sunday, and boasted a good number of highlights: the heart-crushingly sweet tribute to Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher, the announcement of the game Star Wars Battlefront II coming in November, more tantalizing hints on the Disney parks’ Star Wars-themed expansions, and a ton of celebrity panels. The big […]

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What Marvel Could Learn From Astro City

Written by on 7 April 2017

By now, everyone from comics bloggers to news sites (both left and right-leaning) has had their say about comments by Marvel Comics vice president of sales David Gabriel saying the onslaught of diversity, including many female characters, is hurting sales. The responses to this ranged from, “that’s what happens when you mess with established characters,” […]

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Supporting Artists…with Capitalism?

Written by on 24 March 2017

So the current budget proposal from the President was recently revealed, and people are already taking sides on his intention to decrease the National Endowment for the Arts’ budget of $148 million. Some arguments supporting the NEA seem to be along the lines of “oh, what a horrible world it would be without the arts, […]

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Robots in Our Life: Wall-E Versus Duckburg

Written by on 23 February 2017

It’s an incredible testament to human innovation: the minute we discover something to be possible it just becomes a matter of tweaking that technology to really make it something fantastic. It still amazes me that in 1903 the Wright Flyer takes a little fwiiitt flight of 120 feet, and just ten years later we’re up […]

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The Fine Art of Jumping to Conclusions

Written by on 2 February 2017

Hasty overreacting is human trait that has been around since, well, the dawn of humans. Take a look at The Book of Genesis, where that sneaky serpent told Eve “God just doesn’t want you to eat that fruit, because you’ll be as smart as him, and he thinks he’s better than you. Why would he […]

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