As we have discussed in class, the RNC is in a shambles. They do not have a coherent platform, but rather aggressive offshoots that trump even the best efforts of the old-school conservatives our ancestors once were (maybe?). I’ve been reading RedState in an attempt to educate myself on issues that my mainstream liberal-leaning news […]

“There are an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world per capita.” Nina Gonzalez asked the unpopular question during the Town Hall Presidential Debate: “What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault […]

I feel like I’ve time-warped back to sophomore year classes on Oscar Wilde, Max Nordau and Entartung, the latter’s famous book on degeneration and the disastrous effects of urbanization and decadent art. In many ways, Nordau’s claims, although very tangential, can be applied to how the media currently works – if the media can be […]


Why is the Petraeus affair a scandal? OK, I understand why — “The scandal surrounding the decorated four-star Army general who once ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involves questions of national security, politics and even the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead” — but […]

One of the most interesting moments during this Slate podcast was Metcalf’s assertion that imitation news programs are where satire is currently thriving. Successful comedic parody has lost its stronghold on shows like SNL because current politicians, as opposed to the Fords and the Bush Sr.’s of yesteryear, have become full-stop performers without true existences […]

Satire, according to my trusted friend the OED, is: “A thing, fact, or circumstance that has the effect of making some person or thing ridiculous….in which prevailing vices or follies are held up to ridicule.” According to Don Waisanen, satire poses as a threat to politicians by “primarily attacking substance rather than style.” It can […]

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