How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music—for Better and Worse
September 27, 2014
The problem with YouTube parodists.
Viral video philosopher Jason Silva: "We're going to cure aging"
November 22, 2013
Meet the worlds greatest techno-optimist.
Aleksandar Hemon: In Paris, Zlatan Ibrahimović Learns to Share
December 03, 2012
Has the great Swedish player of Bosnian-Croatian origin finally found a home?
In Washington, Marijuana Proponents Outspent Opponents 400 to 1
November 16, 2012
On October 31, a six-minute video titled “Chapel Chat with Evangelina Holy” appeared on YouTube. Despite the blurry footage and poor audio, the title character is a dead ringer for Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character from “Saturday Night Live.” In Carvey’s voice, Holy reads a letter from a viewer worried about marijuana legalization ballot initiatives in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.
From Jukeboxes to YouTube: How Billboard Is Catching Up With The Times
November 16, 2012
The Billboard Top 100 is shaking up its chart to include online streaming. What does this mean for music?
Megyn Kelly Can Save Fox News
November 09, 2012
She cares about the network more than the party.
The Valuable Ridiculousness of “Gangnam Style”
November 03, 2012
There are many good reasons to loathe “Gangnam Style,” the music video that has become the most popular product of the global pop-culture industry. As of the first day of this month, the Youtube clip of the song, in its original rendition by the until-recently obscure South Korean performer named Psy, had more than 600,000,000 views (or clicks). But the mere fact of its popularity is not in itself proof of its loathesomeness, any more than the once-awesome popularity of my first high-school crush, Mary Ellen, was a legitimate justification of my resentment of her.