It’s Back: “House of Cards” Season 2 (No Spoilers)

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 5:15 pm

Just like a novel you can’t put down, a great TV show is truly satisfying. When all the stars align in terms of writing, acting, and direction, a strong series presents a wonderful opportunity to get lost in a world. Fiction tends to be most engaging when it reflects and rifts off reality. Perhaps that’s one reason why political dramas are so popular.

FDL Movie Night: Holiday TV Specials

By: Monday December 9, 2013 4:59 pm

The winter holidays bring with it holiday TV programming, either specials, or the Very Special Holiday Episodes where viewers are subjected to delighted to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with their favorite television characters.

Don’t Shoot The Messenger: Russell Brand Shouts Out Occupy, Predicts Revolution in Epic BBC Interview

By: Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm

In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.

Putting War Back in Children’s Culture

By: Friday August 16, 2013 5:45 am

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.

Those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.

TV Is Still King in the News Business

By: Monday July 8, 2013 7:00 pm

While the Internet has grown significantly in prominence, television remains the clear king of the news world. It is the primary source of news for more than half the country.

FDL Movie Night: “Accidental Icon, The Real Gidget Story”

By: Monday October 10, 2011 5:00 pm

I recall how stunned I was as a teenager when I bought a used paperback copy of Fredrick Kohner’s novel Gidget with a photo of Sandra Dee on the cover. Though I had grown up with Gidget–my stepfather wrote the Gidget movies’ theme songs and incidental music, I had watched the TV show reruns as a little girl, we lived just minutes from the beach, and friends of mine surfed–I didn’t know that Gidget was (loosely) based on the adventures of the author’s daughter in the summer of 1956.

Happy Days – A Secret Anti-Viet Nam Plot Full of Liburul Sekrit Messages?

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 8:00 pm

According to Primetime Propaganda, a new book by conservative author Ben Shapiro, there is a huge underground river of liberal propaganda that subtly (and not so subtly) flows into American television. Conservatives lost the TV war, he weeps, rending his cable guide.

Just Say Now Featured on CBS’s “The Good Wife”

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:15 pm

In last night’s episode of CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife, Just Say Now was briefly featured in the episode’s plot. Peter Florrick, the character played by Chris Noth, is the main character’s husband making a run for his old seat as the State’s Attorney after being imprisoned for corruption. Peter seeks to make a political comeback by turning out the youth vote on the wave of a medical marijuana initiative in the state.

The show briefly featured a big board featuring the Just Say Now logo, and in a mock-web video, shows Peter speaking with students at a meeting of the fictional “Cook State College” Just Say Now chapter. Below are two screen captures of Just Say Now on The Good Wife.

Why Fanboys/girls Want Net Neutrality

By: Friday December 17, 2010 4:40 pm

The WGAE represents content creators – people who write programs for the internet and other digital distribution systems (e.g., to mobile devices). We have argued in favor of Net Neutrality because our members want the opportunity to reach audiences directly, without major studios and other large corporations deciding what to distribute. But what about the audience? The public? Why should they care about Net Neutrality? Because there is an important aspect to the Net Neutrality debate that people should keep in mind: “paid prioritization”.

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