Posts Tagged: entertainmenteditorials

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, you will be missed

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I’m not a big fan of celebrity worship.  When I co-created Obscure Republic last year, I vowed to myself that the OR team would never trip over ourselves trying to report or espouse on gossip, reality TV nonsense, or other silliness.  But I certainly have no problem with talent worship; I firmly believe we need […]

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The Complexity of Coffee

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I would like to talk to everyone about the complexity of the modern cup of coffee. If there is such a thing as a Coffee Nerd, I am that. Some may say, “Coffee Snob” or “Hipster”, but I think Coffee Nerd fits best.     When someone says “coffee”, the image that may come to […]

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The “Duck Dynasty” thing has NOTHING to do with free speech!

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In the past twenty-four hours, I’ve explained the 1st amendment to more people than I probably have in the past two or three years cumulatively.  Why?  Because it seems like every person that feels like defending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is naming said amendment, or blathering about freedom of speech, or even… and I’m […]

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The CBS/ Showtime blackout on Time Warner Cable is over… for now

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CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable have finally reached an agreement over new broadcasting rights, ending a month-long blackout of CBS, Showtime, and other channels.  CBS claims Time Warner eventually gave in and agreed to their new terms.  But Time Warner subscribers shouldn’t jump for joy just yet… it’s only a matter of time before […]

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HBO NO: Why is HBO’s online streaming service so terrible?

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HBO has the best original televsion programming in the business.  Other networks have great shows, but none can claim to have as many high-quality programs under one roof, not in the past twenty years anyway.  Why, then, does their online streaming service, HBO GO, suck as hard as it does? On paper, HBO GO is […]

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A case for why we need information reform

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The big popular word in contemporary American politics is “reform.”  Everyone wants some form of reform or another; there’s tax reform, and immigration reform, and campaign finance reform, and lobbying reform.  And while all of those are well and good, and necessary in their own ways, we tend to forget about the one type of […]

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A senator says video games cause violence… sigh

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I remember it like it was yesterday.  The year was 1993 — I was thirteen years old — and I was celebrating either my birthday or Christmas (they’re pretty close together).  My parents gave me a Super Nintendo game that at the time was shocking and exciting, but I mainly remember it because each time […]