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.
Culture And Criticism
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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.
Nick Andersen says that the Academy Awards would be a lot more interesting with a few tweaks to one of the categories best suited, but least used, for showmanship.
The "lowest common denominator" isn't really a bad thing. It's commonality; it's one of the parts of culture that are richest and most beneficial, provided we can define it properly.
A repurposed robot prototype named KUKA, originally designed by the auto industry, is the breakout star of Sans Objet, a performance piece making its debut in the U.S. this month. Randy Gener describes the rewards — and the challenges — involved in working with a nearly 3,000-pound diva.
With the increasing prevalence in criticism that sets down arbitrary rules for cultural consumption, a look at the unnecessary tunnel vision of "You're Doing It Wrong."
What do the Mythbusters crew, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Salon television critic Willa Paskin have in common? They're all reminding us of the importance of a recognizable reality in fiction.
There's a lot of chatter — a lot — about the things people don't like about the Olympics on television. But it's not hurting the ratings. Does that mean the griping is misplaced? Not necessarily.
Faced with a new reissue of Sam Phillips's 1994 album Martinis & Bikinis, a critic reveals his inability to write about the music that seems to be made with him in mind.