Wandavision, © Marvel 2021

For a guy who writes about pop culture fairly frequently, it’s a little strange that I don’t subscribe to Disney+. There’s a simple reason for this, though — I’m poor. Always have been, probably always will be. I don’t mind spending money on entertainment, but subscription fees are where I draw the line — I just have a deep-seated aversion to them. But my job has Disney+, and it provides me with a fair amount of downtime, so last week I was able to watch the first 7 episodes of Wandavision.

I was impressed, of course. After all, Wandavision is…


In an earlier piece, I discussed the difference between liberalism and leftism. Today, I’d like to examine the way in which modern liberalism has substituted aesthetics & symbolism for action & policy. To do that, we need to understand the roots of modern liberalism, which means looking back to the conservative movement of the 1980s.

Back in those days, conservatism was very much on the rise. Popular conservative governments had emerged in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and they seemed unstoppable. It’s crucial to understand that this was a new kind of conservatism. …


Vincent Diamante, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

It seems to happen at least once a week. A celebrity is attacked for their views. A host of racists spew filth on Twitter. Suspicious accounts promote blatantly false propaganda. In response, someone pipes up with a brilliant idea : we should just do away with the ability to post things anonymously. If you want to go online, you should have to use your real name.

At first, that sounds reasonable. Surely people would be hesitant to lie or be racist if it could be tied to their actual identity, right? And getting rid of bots & fake accounts would…


By Fox — [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57302294

The recent outbreak of Black men & women being killed by police, the resulting wave of protests, and the movement to defund the police have all put a spotlight on police-related media. One of the TV shows that has been most talked-about in this context is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s been called copaganda, which has been troubling for some people — after all, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a widely-beloved show. It’s smart, funny, and deals with tough issues. Could it really be advancing regressive ideals?

First, let’s define “copaganda”. In a broader sense, it’s any kind of media that intentionally skews its…


Warner Bros. Television / Archie Comics / Berlanti Productions

Riverdale is an absolutely insane television show. Every single character is a murderer, a cult member, or a fake nun, and of course they’re all sleeping together. Hell, at one point Archie beats up a bear! It’s utter madness, and it’s incredibly fun. A new version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch from Riverdale’s creative team, set in the Riverdale universe, should have been a slam dunk.

Instead, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is a confused and disjointed mess. It’s the television equivalent of Michael Bay’s Transformers — entertaining enough, but it falls apart the second you stop to think about…


The Democratic primary is really heating up, and this has exposed a number of related fault lines and misconceptions among left-leaning voters. Because there’s nothing I like more than talking about history and definitions, let’s take this opportunity to clear up some important misunderstandings.

What’s The Difference Between Liberals And Leftists?

In just the last week, a lot of people have been saying that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren offer pretty much the same thing, and that the only real difference between them is personality. …


20th Century Fox

A few years ago, they announced that Star Trek would be returning to TV. As a die-hard Trekkie, I had a lot to say about the subject. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the few shows that I love as much as Star Trek, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have some opinions about the forthcoming Buffy reboot.

In general, I’m pretty wary of reboots — why fix something that ain’t broken? Why not make something original instead? …


Warning — this contains massive spoilers for the entire run of The Boys. Even the really big twists.

The Boys #72, Ennis & Robertson, Dynamite Comics 2012.

Everyone knew that the only way Preacher could ever be filmed was on premium cable. Garth Ennis’ masterpiece was far too transgressive for regular TV, and far too long for the movies. It was just common sense. So when it finally got turned into a series on AMC, no one was surprised. But The Boys? You can’t put The Boys on TV! It’s another major work by Garth Ennis, but it has far less working in its favour than Preacher did. The Boys has more explicit sexual content, more violence, and more deeply cynical politics. It’s less iconic, less influential…


Imagine that you come into work one day and your boss tells you that you’ve been replaced by a robot. You look for another job, but there are so many robots displacing workers that you can’t find one. Neither can most other people. What do you do?

OK, let’s flip the script : imagine coming home from work one day and getting a letter saying that an anonymous donor has created a trust fund for you. You’ll get $1000 every month for the rest of your life, no matter what. What do you do?

Basic income (or universal basic income)…


I collect weird information the way magpies collect shiny things, and for much the same reason. Do you want to know how to get promoted in the Royal Navy circa 1812? Are you dying to find out why giant insects are impossible? Do you desperately need a traditional method of vampire disposal? I’m your guy. It doesn’t make me smart, and it’s rarely useful, but it’s lots of fun. So when I saw that someone had written about their experiences making dildos, I was fascinated.

It turns out that making dildos is actually pretty easy. First you make a model…

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