Category Archives: Popular culture

Discovering Twitter’s “Bookmarks”

Maybe you’re not a Twitter user, in which case you’re probably not going to be interested in today’s blog post 🙂 But if you do use Twitter, maybe like me you didn’t know about Twitter’s bookmarks. The bookmark feature has … Continue reading

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The Highwaymen: “Highwayman”

I heard this song on the radio while driving home the other night. Here’s the Wikipedia article on The Highwaymen supergroup. Like some others I really like—for example, “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “MacArthur … Continue reading

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Warped Time

It’s fascinating to notice those weird moments when historical eras overlap. My husband, who is 10+ years older than I am, can remember seeing milk being delivered to homes in his neighborhood via horse-drawn wagons in the 1950s. Here is … Continue reading

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War of the Worlds – Fake News! About Fake News!

So 80 years ago at Halloween time, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air broadcast the historic War of the Worlds radio drama that set off a nationwide panic at the (fake!) news of Martians landing in New Jersey and … Continue reading

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Wham! “Freedom” in China

I heard Wham!’s “Freedom” on the radio while driving yesterday. I’ve always liked this song, but what I’ve especially always remembered about it was its official video, which details the 1980s duo’s groundbreaking trip to China. Wham! was the first Western … Continue reading

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Carnage at the old Washington Park Zoo

I was doing research on something else today when I came across a Milwaukee Public Library blog post from October 2015 about a whole slew of bear deaths/killings in a mixed species/order exhibit at the old Washington Park Zoo from … Continue reading

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The Weather Channel’s amazing new “Immersive Mixed Reality”

The Weather Channel this week introduced new technology that will add astonishing visual effects to their broadcasts. Check out this Co.Design article, with video, where you can see a demo in which the anchorman barely escapes being crushed by a … Continue reading

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Homage in The Shape of Water – Monsters who like candy

Colonel Strickland, the cruel government agent who pulled the amphibious fish/man out of the river muck in South America, continually crunches on green (lime?) hard candy throughout The Shape of Water. Strickland isn’t cinema’s only early-’60s  antagonist with a sweet … Continue reading

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Homage in The Shape of Water – Odessa Steps

The last movie we watch in my film studies class every spring is always whatever has won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. This year we’re watching The Shape of Water. This is a really brilliant movie, and I … Continue reading

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YouTube: In the Beginning

I’m teaching a mass media course this quarter, and while doing class prep recently, I needed to look at something in the internet archive, aka the “Wayback Machine.” (Wikipedia article here) Have you used this super cool  site before? You … Continue reading

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