Tag Archives: 1980’s

(The) Star Wars Revisited

This is an expanded version of an article that appeared on A New Voice last week, regarding the latest iteration of George Lucas’ venerable franchise . . .  How a person feels about Star Wars is probably dependent largely upon when that person … Continue reading

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Not Creepy Enough

This 1988 ad for a local optical shop seems misguided at best.  The concept is that their low prices allow customers to purchase two pairs of glasses for the same price that their competitors charge for one pair assembled (is that … Continue reading

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An Untimely Knight Rider Rant

Can we talk about Knight Rider’s premise for a minute? Anyone who reads this website on a consistent basis knows I have a high tolerance for suspension of disbelief.  Talking car with advanced weaponry?  No problem.  I’m all in.  Run … Continue reading

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A Simpler Time (to Pay Players to Hurt Other Players)

Three thoughts came to mind when I heard the shocking news about the New Orleans Saints bounty fallout today: 1. All of the penalties seemed to be some degree of excessive.  Sean Payton being suspended for a full year is … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments in Entertainment History: Rock Me Tonite

As our cultural integrity continues to buckle under the weight of exploitative “reality” programming and mindless pseudo-documentaries, it’s difficult to recall that MTV (f/k/a Music Television) was once the arbiter of success in the popular music industry. It isn’t merely … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments in Entertainment History: The Worst Sitcom Joke of All Time

Sitcom fans born during the last twenty years have no idea how good they’ve had it. The ebb and flow of conventional wisdom changes the tone of the genre every generation or so.  The early days of television had fanciful … Continue reading

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This Strange, Twitterfied World

The profound changes to our culture wrought by the rise of the Internet as a whole are obvious to all.  But I’m fascinated by one very surprising and strange way in which Twitter specifically altered the manner in which we … Continue reading

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The Last Toy

I recently helped my mom prepare for a yard sale by going to her house and sifting through my childhood toys so that she could label and group them more accurately.  As an only child in a middle-class family, I … Continue reading

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Ghostbusters: A Narrative Lyrical Analysis

In honor of our impending Halloween weekend* and the zombie Moammar Gaddafis and slutty-fill-in-the-blanks who come with it, I thought it only fitting to scrutinize arguably the greatest sort-of-Halloween-themed song of all time. The song I Want a New Drug … Continue reading

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The ‘Bot Who Saved Video Games

Robot History Month is a time to celebrate the unsung heroes woven into the rich tapestry of this proud community.  One such hero is the Robotic Operating Buddy.  “ROB” for short. ROB the Robot was born in Japan* in 1985. … Continue reading

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