Last night I saw a commercial for a prescription medication. When the patient started talking the printed text on the screen said “Actor portraying a real person.” What in heaven’s name did that mean?
Entries Tagged as 'popular culture'
November 15th, 2014 · No Comments · art, atarc, history, movies, popular culture, theatre
Over the last year or so, I decided to focus a bit more on academic opportunities. I have attempted to become a better professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), helped start a non-profit focused on increasing academic involvement with government (ATARC), and this semester signed up for two graduate courses at the University […]
February 15th, 2014 · No Comments · baseball, hockey, politics, popular culture
One of my now favorite sports writers for the Washington Post, Tracee Hamilton, wrote a column today, Olympic hockey rules for overtime and shootouts, http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/olympics/wp/2014/02/15/olympic-hockey-rules-for-overtime-and-shootouts/. This followed the dramatic eight round shoot-out, technically in International Hockey referred to as Game Winning Shots (GWS), where the U.S. beat Russia in a preliminary round game in hockey 3-2.
December 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment · politics, popular culture
I read a column in the Post that noted that Republicans (not me) are growing more skeptical about evolution while Democrats are increasing in their belief, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/30/republicans-growing-more-skeptical-about-evolution/. I then went and read the source Pew Research Center poll which was the basis for the column, http://www.pewforum.org/2013/12/30/publics-views-on-human-evolution/. This poll had a lot of interesting data. The actual question […]
October 8th, 2013 · 1 Comment · art, movies, popular culture
Evidently the winner or winners of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday. This award, which at least in my opinion, does always recognize someone who has taken personal risks to demonstrate their commitment to peace and fundamental human rights, this year if awarded to Malala Yousafzai, would be given to someone who […]
September 16th, 2013 · No Comments · politics, popular culture
There is an interesting article in the current issue of Commentary Magazine, about the definition of genius, noting that the term is used pretty widely these days about many people, http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/i-dream-of-genius/. There was on particular quote I liked from Schopenhauer defining the different between genius and talent: “Talent is like the marksman who hits a target, […]
August 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · popular culture
I recently read an article about the annual BronyCon, www.bronycon.org, held a few weeks ago in Baltimore MD. After finally realizing that this was a real event, I naturally turned to the Internet to find out more. The BronyCon is a convention focused on the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Attendees are almost all […]