Me, Jessica Simpson, and The Postpartum Road to Recovery

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. I followed Jessica Simpson’s recent pregnancy with interest: we’re the same age, we both carried baby girls, and we were due about a month apart. I watched her show “Fashion Star” (admittedly, for me, an interesting concept but an inferior program to “Project Runway”) and wondered what it was like for her to work throughout her pregnancy. My own pregnancy … [Read more...]

Mommy, Daddy, Who is Santa Claus?

The Christian's relationship to Santa in America is varied. Some see Santa as a fun trick to play on your children while they are young enough to believe it. Others feel that Santa distracts children from learning about the incarnation of Christ. Some go further, claiming that Santa is a tool of the devil to distract people from focusing on Jesus. Still others view Santa as the embodiment of the Christmas spirit--he is jolly, generous, and loves children. Given the myriad of movies, television … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Darth Vader And The Mechanics Of Revelation

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbV5hn_ET0U This one is too fun, I just had to write about it. Personally, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that Darth Vader was Luke’s father.  I know it’s impossible to be born with an innate knowledge of fictional galactic histories far, far way, but I can’t recall the exact moment I was saved … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Lucidity, Grief, and My Daughter

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in. The day I found out that I was going to be having a girl was also the day I first played Lucasart’s puzzle game, Lucidity.  Lucidity centers on a young girl named Sofi and her close relationship with her grandmother and the latter’s … [Read more...]

Dan's Real Life is A Lie

One strange cultural passion is getting advice.  This is not the same as taking advice, mind you.  As a culture we seem to love to be told, “the right thing,” or, “what I should do,” even if we don’t generally follow through.  The success of Oprah is a great example, but despite her massive empire she is just the tip of the iceberg.    Thousands of radio shows, newspapers, and websites hire people whose ENTIRE job is to give others advice on how to live.  When we watch a movie … [Read more...]