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What Alyssa Rosenberg Gets Wrong About Iron Man 3 (Spoilers)

I just read Alyssa Rosenberg’s write-up on Iron Man 3. I like most of what Rosenberg writes, even when I deeply disagree with her. For more insightful commentary on entertainment and culture I think she’s invaluable. But I often feel she regards certain creative artifacts with a seriousness they don’t actually deserve or require.

Country Music and the Culture War

This was brought up in an earlier thread, but Will Wilkinson’s post on country music is worth a closer look. Wilkinson listens to country music in his car – sometimes I do, too. Sometimes I also listen to conservative talk radio in my car, but unlike country music I find very few redeeming qualities in…

Normalizing the Upper-Middle-Class in Movies and Television

Alyssa Rosenberg worries that the introduction of characters like Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt – the replacement for Charlie Sheen’s character on Two and a Half Men – could ‘normalize’ the very wealthy: The thing that’s annoying about having a very rich character (it doesn’t sound from this description like Kutcher’s character will have lost his…

Mascots, justice, and the role of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen

Warning: Spoilers Abound…. Alyssa Rosenberg has a really terrific post on Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen (the heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy) and how they both function as mascots rather than movement leaders in their respective violent worlds. In Harry’s case this is fairly benevolent for the most part. Katniss, on the other hand,…