Author Archives: Jessica Bader

Board Games Revamped

JESSICA BADER: What do we think of this revamping of Monopoly?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/business/16monopoly.html

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: And what do we think of the fact that “competitive Monopoly player and coach” is something that somebody does? Don’t we need more teachers and doctors? Continue reading

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In Briefs: Shooting Illegal Immigrants Rhetoric

JESSICA BADER: When attempting to clarify an offensive statement, the clarification should not be worse than the statement that needed clarifying in the first place. Oof.

JEFF MORROW: See, I was naive enough to expect the explanation…

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In Briefs: The Grammys

AKIE BERMISS: I feel like the red carpet evinces a pretty acute lack of glamorousness. It just looks like people arriving for a high class wedding. Of course, the heavy hitters are not come in just yet…

Ah… i take it back. Nicki Minaj went with the high fashion burnt cigarette-cheetah look. That’s pretty glamorous..

JESSICA BADER: And of course there was Gaga in her egg (no, really). Continue reading

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In Briefs: New York Times Vows Hoopla

HOWARD MEGDAL: So: thoughts on the couple in Vows who left their spouses after meeting at their kids’ school? And what about the uproar over the Times publishing it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/fashion/weddings/19vows.html?_r=2&ref=weddings

LAURA ROBERTS: Hmm. A strange place to put the story, under “Vows,” as some of the commenters mention, but is it really wrong to write about these people? Continue reading

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In Briefs: Monogamy/Are All Swingers Creepy?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I have to say I find arguments that monogamy is no longer really viable in modern society to be compelling.

JEFF MORROW: What always struck me as problematic, though, is that I often see the whole monogamy-is-unnatural thing advanced in non-heteronormative forums, and it always makes me feel like people should know better.

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Jon Stewart and His Critics

JEFF MORROW: The vision of “reasonableness” I saw at the Rally to Restore Sanity wasn’t about chastising liberals and conservatives, or freeing ourselves of ideology. It was about ignoring the conflict-driven sideshows that thwart useful discourse, and it was about regaining perspective. The need to fit it into a left/right box shows how ingrained these habits are. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Assigned Reading

HOWARD MEGDAL: I loved Ethan Frome!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/11/school-reading-jay-varner-on-the-insufferable-ethan-frome-.html

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I loved Ethan Frome too. I bet that guy hasn’t picked it up in 30 years and that’s his problem. If he didn’t like getting forced to read it back in school, that’s not Wharton’s fault. Maybe he should pick it up again. Who rags on Ethan Frome? Continue reading

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Violent Video Games

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: While videogames used to consist of primitive and unrealistic characters in fantasy lands, I’ve slowly watched them develop into first-person shooter games that are so realistic they frighten me for the future.

JEFF MORROW: Violent, gory video games were a fine and fondly remembered part of my childhood and my teen years. Though they had a big impact on the way I feel about videogames, they have almost nothing to do with the way I feel about violence.

EMILY SAIDEL: I share Molly’s aversion to violent games. It’s not the genre or style of game play I enjoy. I find the current ad for Code of War: Black Ops, in which peoplein every day dress (notable for being mix-races, mixed-gender, and almost all adult) walk around the war environment shooting at each other disturbing rather than enticing. However, when asked “Can you really tell me that the experience of playing a videogame in which you rampage around shooting other people happens in a vacuum and has absolutely no influence over the way in which a child thinks of violent behavior and its consequences?” I can provide an answer. Continue reading

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Policy Watch: Lame Duck, and 112th Congress

JESSICA BADER: Most of the discussion of the upcoming lame duck session of Congress has focused on the prospects of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the impending expiration of the Bush tax cuts. While those are both very important issues, there’s a lot more to the waning days of the 111th Congress.

JEFF MORROW: When Congress reconvenes, the House will be Republican and the Senate Democratic. But despite fears of gridlock, divided government can work. Whether this one does will depend on whether Republicans truly own their stake in government or bide their time for 2012. Even if the outlook for a bipartisan breakthrough isn’t very good, there’s at a chance that the 112th Congress won’t be any less effective than the 111th. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Halloween Nostalgia

HOWARD MEGDAL: How old is too old for Halloween?

HANNAH WALK: As a child, I have to say that one is never too old to appreciate Halloween. Continue reading

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