Category Archives: television

Blurring the Line

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus: Reports of bondage rituals (digitaljournal.com) Kink.com CEO says fetish porn is not to blame for shocking sex cases (New York Daily News) When I was very young, CBS’s adaptation of The Incredible Hulk, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, was one of the most popular shows out there. Since my father was a huge fan of M*A*S*H, which also ran on CBS, I’d see lots of promotions for the show, and for a time the sight of Bixby’s Dr. David Banner transforming into…

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Why Derpy Still Matters

I have a tendency to argue myself into a stalemate when it comes to a number of difficult issues. I’d like to think that I’m being a good person by giving thoughtful consideration to the needs and opinions of others as I try to figure things out, but there’s a lot of evidence that sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying to work out an ideal solution that I never get anything done, and I’m not sure that’s much better than simply doing nothing…

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Erasing the Line

The Onion apologizes for offensive Quvenzhan√© Wallis tweet (AP via MSN) Seth MacFarlane’s Sexist Oscar Night: Why everyone is outraged (Yahoo! Shine) Why Seth MacFarlane’s Misogyny Matters (Vulture) Since a lot of the “entertainment” being produced in the 1980s wasn’t pleasing to my palate as I was growing up, I wound up spending a lot of time watching classic films and television shows. Watching reruns of the original Star Trek with my mother in the early 80s on our local independent station — back before there…

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An Open Letter to Lauren Faust

Dear Ms. Faust: My name is Sean Shannon. I’m an English teacher and aspiring author from Toledo, Ohio. More importantly, I’m a longtime fan of your work; I still carry around the same Powerpuff Girls purse I bought more than a decade ago during the height of the show’s popularity. and last year I finally found the time to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and quickly became hooked. Few television shows have had as profound an effect on my life, and I have made…

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Taking Matters Into Our Own Hooves

Fighting is Magic Receives Cease & Desist from Hasbro (Equestria Daily) This coming December will mark the ten-year anniversary of me playing my first “dancing” video game, DDRMAX2 for the Playstation 2. Despite this time kind of being the peak of the whole “a video game that actually helps you lose weight?” craze, it was kind of a low point for the Dance Dance Revolution series. Konami appeared to have decided to stop production of future arcade releases, and the home versions that were coming…

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