About Jason Morehead

Jason Morehead lives in the lovely state of Nebraska with his wife, three children, zero pets, and a large collection of CDs, DVDs, books, and video games. He's a fan of Arcade Fire and Arvo Pärt, Jackie Chan and Andrei Tarkovsky, "Doctor Who" and "Community," and C.S. Lewis and Haruki Murakami. He's also a web development geek, which pays the bills — and buys new music and movies. Twitter: @jasonopus. Web: http://opus.fm.

Those Generous Robots: Daft Punk and Musical Nostalgia

I was initially content to let the 56th Grammy Awards pass me by. Until, that is, I learned that the French electronic music duo Daft Punk -- who would go on to win four Grammys, including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year" -- would be performing their hit single "Get Lucky" with Stevie Wonder. The combination seemed like a match made in heaven, and was all the more intriguing given the duo's enigmatic persona and reticence when it comes to television performances.Daft Punk have … [Read more...]

My Son’s Martin Luther King Day Question: “Daddy, Can We Teach the Bad Guys Goodness?”

  My five-year-old recently reminded me, quite emphatically, that he didn't have school on Monday because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was, of course, simply excited to have a day off from kindergarten. But this seemed to be a perfect “teachable moment,” so I sat my kids down to tell them a little bit about the holiday’s namesake. But where do you start with someone like King?I suppose starting with the evils he fought against is as good a place as any. And so I told them that there we … [Read more...]

Have You Misunderstood Apple’s New Holiday Commercial?

Earlier this week, Apple released a holiday commercial featuring their iPhone. Titled "Misunderstood," it follows a teenager who's been dragged along to the big family Christmas. While his family enjoys their time together (baking cookies, sledding, etc.), he stares at his iPhone. He's occasionally cajoled into participating, but he quickly returns to staring at that Retina display, seemingly oblivious to everything, and everyone, around him. Until Christmas morning, that is, when he... well, … [Read more...]

Living in a World of “Little Boys With Their Porno”

Earlier this year, Arcade Fire released their highly anticipated double album Reflektor to considerable fanfare. While much of the subsequent attention has been focused on songs like the title track, "Here Comes The Night Time," and "Afterlife" -- and understandably so -- there's one song on Reflektor that has stuck with me since my earliest listening sessions, but that seems to have flown under most critics' radars: the bluntly titled "Porno.""Porno" begins with slinky synths and disco-lite … [Read more...]

Why Are We Still Surprised When “Entertainment” Does More Than Entertain Us?

Bruce Springsteen is an icon of rock n' roll, a modern day troubadour who has spent the last four decades singing about the lives and struggles of the working class, the down and out, and the dispossessed. And now, thanks to Rutgers professor Azzan Yadin-Israel, he's the subject of a college course. More specifically, a college course titled "Bruce Springsteen's Theology" that, as the title implies, examines the spiritual and theological undercurrents in The Boss' music.In a recent … [Read more...]

We Know Less About Our Universe Than We Think (and I’m OK With That)

When it comes to understanding how the universe works, humanity has made amazing strides. The realization that the Earth revolves around the Sun; Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of the laws of motion and gravity; Einstein's breakthrough regarding general relativity; last year's uncovering of the Higgs Boson particle -- these represent pinnacles of human reason and intelligence, and have given us deeper knowledge of the cosmos. However, with every discovery, nature is revealed to be far stranger and … [Read more...]

“Hole in the World”: A Musical Entry Point into the Gates of Heaven

I don’t quite know how to explain it any other way, but Daniel Amos’ “Hole in the World” feels like a song that I've always known. The first time I heard it via a battered cassette copy of MotorCycle, I was absolutely convinced I’d heard it before, though I couldn't quite put a finger on when and where. As such, the song has always been a haunting listen for me, which strikes me as rather appropriate given its lyrics about the end of the world, the afterlife, and one’s first tentative experiences … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Confessions of a Drone Warrior

The United States' use of military drones has not been without controversy, due in large part to the program's secretive nature. However, this fascinating and disturbing GQ feature bypasses the political controversies surrounding drone warfare and instead, looks at the spiritual and psychological effects that drones have on the people controlling them. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: What Does Google Really Mean When It Says “Don’t Be Evil”?

On its face, Google's "Don't Be Evil" slogan seems like a refreshing change in the corporate world, a stance to do what is right and moral. However, recent actions by the company, including their recent decision to use its users' names and likenesses in advertisements, seem to fly in the face of their slogan. However, as Ian Bogost argues, that's because the "evil" Google refers to is not the same sort of "evil" that most people think of when they hear the word. … [Read more...]

Can You Tweet Your Way to Immortality?

Human beings have been obsessed with living forever since, well, forever. Kings and wise men have sought various elixirs and substances, hoping they'd extend their lives indefinitely. In ancient China, for example, it was believed that ingesting long-lasting substances like jade would impart their longevity to the consumer. (Ironically, the Jiajing Emperor likely died because of this belief, from ingesting too much mercury.) The legendary philosopher's stone was seen by ancient and medieval … [Read more...]