Trump Hemmorhaging Donors and Backers

The ship is abandoning the sinking rat.

Streaming Service Consolidation

There are too many products chasing too few consumers.

Star Trek Goes Woke!

Has a franchise that’s always been political gone too far?

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

Defending the F-Word

It’s the Swiss army knife of profanity.

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CRT? Tired. Groomers? Wired!

The latest strategic moral panic from the far right

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

Monday Tab Clearing

Stories of note sans write-ups.

Is this Cancel Culture?

Two related examples: are they “cancel culture” or not?

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The End of Passwords?

One of the great annoyances of the Internet is slowly going away.

Some Thoughts on “Cancel Culture”

Thomas gets the ball rolling, and I take off from there.

Nostalgic for Nostalgia

Is the past still the past?

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On Narratives and Covid Restrictions

Are we really being blocked from getting back to normal? And if so, what is the real barrier?

Winnie the Pooh and Bambi Enter Public Domain

But only the original books, not the Disney adaptations.

Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

John Madden, 1936-2021

The Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster is dead at 85.

Beatles ‘Get Back’ Documentary

A long peek at history in the making.

ESPN, Jock Culture, and Jon Gruden

Is the Worldwide Leader responsible oblivious to bigotry?

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?

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Vaccine Incentivization: Sticks Better Than Carrots

Making it difficult for refuseniks works better than prizes.

Alabama, Disney, and the Quest to Be a National University

The cost of raising a university’s profile.

Quick Hits

The tabs must be cleared.

Amazon ‘Controls Everything You Watch’

The tech giant is even more powerful than you think.

How to Defend Rules Designed to Make Voting Harder

An example from Dan McLaughlin of NR

The NFL’s $10 Billion TV Deal

Pandemic-induced recession? What pandemic-induced recession?

Texas Ends COVID Restrictions

The Lone Star State is celebrating its independence in a big way.

Streaming Wars Taking No Casualties

Thus far, Disney+ and HBO Max are additive rather than cannibalizing competing services.

The Great Unbundling

The days of one-stop media shopping are long gone.

Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

The actor best known for his roles as Jackie Robinson and Black Panther has been lost to cancer.

Pro Athletes Boycotting Games

The NBA playoffs have been hit with a work stoppage.

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Trump Donor Destroying Post Office

The President may be right on voting by mail.

Politics and Sports

It is foolish to think that we ever escape politics.

Who Pays for Coronavirus Losses?

Some inchorent musings about a massive question.

Movie Theater Chains Closing Over Coronavirus

A sign of the times.

Disney Drops ‘Fox’ Name

More fallout from the consolidation of media brands.

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Is Time’s ‘Person Of The Year”

An interesting albeit dubious selection for Person of the Year.

René Auberjonois, Benson and Star Trek Actor, Dead At 79

René Auberjonois, a long time character actor best known for his roles on Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space NIne, has died at 79.

Texas Case Pits Transgender Rights Against Parental Rights

A custody case out of Texas raises issues about how to react to and treat a child who identifies as a gender different from their biological sex.

South Park Banned In China After Episode Mocking Chinese Censorship

South Park mocked Chinese censorship so, of course, they were censored in China.

Avengers: Endgame Passes Avatar On Top-Grossing Films List

This past weekend, Avengers: Endgame passed Avatar as the biggest-grossing movie of all-time, but there are several caveats.

China To Surpass U.S. In Box Office Revenue In 2020

A new report suggests that the Chinese movie-going market will surpass the American market in 2020.

Tim Conway, Versatile Comedian, Dead At 85

Legendary Comedian Tim Conway has died at the age of 85.

Trump’s CPAC Speech May Have Guaranteed His Re-Election

Reason’s Nick Gillespie makes an interesting case but I don’t buy it.

Column Recommendation: Fox and the Elites

I am a sucker for a good People’s Front of Judea riff.

After 20-Year Delay, Works from 1923 Lose Copyright Protection

The damage done for Mickey Mouse in the name of Sony Bono is finally coming to an end.

Marvel Comics Creator Stan Lee Dies At 95

Rest in Peace and Excelsior, Stan Lee!

Former White House Communications Director Heads To Fox

Hope Hicks jumps from one pro-Trump venue to another.

The Cable Bundle is Dying. We’ll Miss it When it’s Gone.

As much as we hate paying $200 a month for television, the future is likely going to be worse.

Science Fiction Great Harlan Ellison Dies At 84

Harlan Ellison, who had a reputation for being as cantankerous as he was a great writer, has died at the age of 84.

A Contrarian View of ‘Solo’

It may be my favorite Star Wars film since ‘Empire Strikes Back.’