It's worth asking the question: does pop culture tell anyone anything? Or are we just sticking our fingers in our ears and whistling?
Culture And Criticism
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Conversations are louder, fans are more powerful, and large entertainment brands are trying to figure out how to make money from love. Welcome to the Age of Enthusiasm.
Critics and commentators tend to focus almost all their attention on what's new right this minute. Given the changes in the way culture makes its way to people's lives, that model doesn't necessarily make as much sense as it once did.
Lego introduced a line of characters and sets that helped the company reach girls successfully. But some question what's wrong with girls playing with plain old Legos, and what this line is telling them.
What do you expect when you ask a terrible question in a ridiculous setting?
Revelations about government surveillance have motivated a lot of reactions, some of which take into account that we gain something for some of the data we give up in our day-to-day lives. But the transaction is different when the government is involved.
Apparently, the "promposal" is a requirement for your more extravagant high school romantics.
A new piece in The Atlantic argues that American men lack charm, both in the movies and in real life.
Angelina Jolie's surgery perhaps shouldn't matter, but it will to someone.
What's worth seeing at this year's 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan? Critic Joel Arnold lists a few movies he wants to see and explains why the little festival that could is still picking up steam and showcasing some great films.