When Spider-Man Worked for Planned Parenthood

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Yes, this really happened. Retronaut has found a special issue of Spiderman done in a collaboration between Marvel and Planned Parenthood. The art is by Marvel vets Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but the writing is by Ann Robinson, who had a brief tenure as a Marvel executive, and no other known writing credits, for reasons [Read More...]

The Gell-Mann Effect

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I miss Michael Crichton. It’s not just that he was a marvelous storyteller who could spot a trend ten years away and turn it into a ripping good yarn, but that he had a clarity and honesty in his writings and speeches about science and society that is sorely needed today. His skeptical approach to [Read More...]

Pope Francis in Time Magazine: Does It Matter?

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The short answer is, “Of course it matters.” Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. That’s a good thing. But it’s not as simple as that, so let’s break it down: The Good 1. Time is a fading relic of a dying media, but they still retain something of their former image, and [Read More...]

You Should Be Watching “Arrow”

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I’ve been enjoying the Marvel movie renaissance as much as the next geek, but I’m a DC guy and proud of it. DC has had renaissance of its own that far exceeds Marvel’s, albeit on the small screen. Thanks to the sure hands of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, they have created the most fully realized [Read More...]

Kennedy, Boomerism, and the Power of Media

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Mark Shea had this to say on the cyclical paroxysm of Kennedy nostalgia that Gen Xers such as myself have had to endure every November for our entire lives: Baby Boomers, being the incredibly self-absorbed people we are, are *still* dominating national discourse for the entire month of November with our conviction that an emotionally [Read More...]

The Mainstream Media School of Religion Reporting …

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… most recently on display in the awful reportage about the Pope Francis interview, is illustrated by an old, old joke: A man goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Help me, doc! I can’t stop thinking about sex!” The doctor puts him on the couch and begins to show him ink blots. “What does this [Read More...]

Bias and Propaganda: Still More Reuters Follies UPDATED

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There’s been some discussion on this post about whether Reuters is, in fact, biased in its reporting on certain subjects. I didn’t realize that was still a subject for debate. Their consistent anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian bias isn’t up for question at all. It’s not a matter of “if” they produced biased news, but of how much and on what subjects. [Read More...]

Instagram, Vine, and Porn: What Parents Should Know

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This post contains mature images that have been obscured, but may still offend some readers. As Vine, Twitter’s new 6-second-video sharing service is swept up and spun around by the inevitable pornado, it’s worth looking at how Instagram handled a similar issue, and where they’ve failed. Social networks and porn don’t mix well. For a [Read More...]


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