Zen and the Art of Triangulation: How “The Karate Kid” Foretold the Rise of the New Democrats

Karate Kid

NOTE: Although I try to maintain my objectivity, I cannot escape the fact that my personal political positions sometimes color my analysis. To ensure that this site maintains a well-rounded political perspective, it is useful for us to consider the … Continue reading

“The Newsroom” – Pilot Episode: “Because We Decided To”

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Very quickly, it has become chic to hate on “The Newsroom.” Aaron Sorkin’s new drama has premiered to uncharacteristically mediocre reviews. Variety laments that “the series doesn’t match the lofty crests of Sorkin’s finest work.” The New York Times says … Continue reading

The Politics of the MTV Movie Awards

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Say what you will about MTV, but they have always promoted participatory democracy. In 1992, they launched the “Choose or Lose” campaign, urging their viewers to vote – presumably for the president challenger, Bill Clinton. Clinton courted the youth vote … Continue reading

How to Fix Washington: Lessons from Eddie Murphy, Kevin Kline, and Ross Perot

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These days, all candidates try to position themselves as “political outsiders,” but in 1992, there actually was one. In that year, self-financed billionaire Ross Perot, an independent presidential candidate, won 19% of the electoral vote, the most any such candidate … Continue reading