Crank Yankers crawls out of the past, wisely leaves one character behind

  TV ReviewsAll of our TV reviews in one convenient place.   Crank Yankers feels much older, culturally speaking, than it actually is: The prank call puppet show originally ran on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2005, but even then it seemed pulled by the gravity of old comedic modes like stock characters and catch phrases. […]

Netflix gets its own Law & Order with Criminal

  TV ReviewsAll of our TV reviews in one convenient place.   Congratulations to Netflix: After over seven years of commissioning original series, it finally got around to creating its own Law & Order. This isn’t intended as a slam on its new international production, Criminal, but rather a compliment. The long-running NBC procedural didn’t run […]

Google Employee Writes Memo About ‘The Burden of Being Black at Google’ – VICE

In a memo he sent before leaving the company, a former Google employee criticized the internet giant and its employees, noting that he regularly encountered racism during his experience as a Black worker at the company. The memo, obtained by Motherboard, is titled “The Weight of Silence,” and argues that Google is lacking in diversity, […]

Lou Dobbs praises ICE employee for driving his car into a group of protesters | Media Matters for America

LOU DOBBS (HOST):  I know that it must just gladden your heart to see a bunch of demonstrators at an Immigration Customs Enforcement facility blocking the path of a guard and then complaining about the fact that he sought to do what is within his rights, which is to proceed to park his vehicle and go to work. TOM HOMAN (GUEST): Well exactly. […]

New Report Suggests ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ in 2050 – VICE

A harrowing scenario analysis of how human civilization might collapse in coming decades due to climate change has been endorsed by a former Australian defense chief and senior royal navy commander. The analysis, published by the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, a think-tank in Melbourne, Australia, describes climate change as “a near- to mid-term […]

AirPods Are a Tragedy

AirPods are a product of the past. They’re plastic, made of some combination of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur. They’re tungsten, tin, tantalum, lithium, and cobalt. The particles that make up these elements were created 13.8 billion years ago, during the Big Bang. Humans extract these elements from the earth, heat them, refine […]

Game of Thrones: The Night King deserves better.

Let’s start with the good: For most of its 82 minutes, Game of Thrones’ “The Long Night” was a tense, well-modulated, and gorgeously scored poem to apocalyptic terror. Unlike “Battle of the Bastards,” which repeatedly offered stunning bird’s-eye perspectives of military formations before zooming in to the chaos as it was experienced on the ground, director Miguel Sapochnik […]

AT&T Pushes Xandr Ad Products in Viacom Carriage Talks – WSJ

Talks continued over the weekend to avert a programming blackout that would affect more than 24 million customers of AT&T’s DirecTV, U-verse and WatchTV services. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News Updated March 24, 2019 2:29 p.m. ET Carriage deals between pay-TV distributors and programmers typically hinge on price. In the negotiations between AT&T Inc. T […]

Netflix’s Bright Future Looks A Lot Like Television’s Dim Past

Back and forth forever. Illustration: Angelica Alzona In 1995, the Emmy nominees for Best Drama were Chicago Hope, ER, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The X-Files. In 1996, the Emmy nominees for Best Drama were Chicago Hope, ER, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The X-Files. In 1997, the Emmy nominees for Best Drama […]