Selling fame to kids

The LA Times has an article about an emerging trend in television programming for kids and teens: depicting teenagers who “get discovered” and become famous, usually as actors and/or singer. Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” 2009’s most-watched TV show among kids 2-11, according to the Nielsen Co., is about a girl who has attained a certain level of celebrity by producing and starring in her own Web series. … Continue reading Selling fame to kids

Remembering MJ on Evite

If the media circus surrounding Michael Jackson’s death weren’t enough… If the buckling of the internet itself weren’t enough… Now we’re getting the commercial tributes. It’s one thing to see that Amazon encourages me to “Discover the great works of Michael Jackson“: But I was surprised to learn that “Remembering MJ” is now a party theme on Evite: Yes, that’s right. An Evite party theme. … Continue reading Remembering MJ on Evite

An Idea About Politicians and Academics

I spent some time of late reviewing some of my writing. As a writer (yes, I can call myself that–these words you read are testament), I come up with all sorts of ideas on a daily basis. Some creative, some analytical, some strange, some poetic. This piece is a kind of retrospective. Specifically, I came across something I wrote about three years ago. I never … Continue reading An Idea About Politicians and Academics

Reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” has been my free-time book for the past month or so. I’ve been reading when I’ve had the chance– which is more rare as I start graduate studies. But the book is pertinent to my interests, both academic and personal, so I share my thoughts here.   Author Michael Pollan‘s later chapters deal with the ethics of being an omnivore, including issues … Continue reading Reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”