Pop Culture

It’s Time to Parse ‘Wet Hot American Summer': Links You Need to See

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For some, it’s Summer. For many, it’s wet. For others, it’s hot. For 318 million, it’s Amer— yeah, you get it. And for those who binged their weekend away with the Netflix prequel series (very nearly spelled out above) and, after a full First Day of Camp, are desperately sad that there isn’t a second day to consume, there are at least plenty of related articles to ensure continued immersion.
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Grimes, Feminism, and the Endless Burden of Being a Spokesperson

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Now that feminism is trendy, public figures who espouse the ideology are under extra scrutiny, with their every statement providing fodder for the media’s gristmill of anti-sexist outrage. Thus, a long and nuanced profile about Grimes (the stage name of musician Claire Boucher) from The Fader’s Emilie Friedlander was hastily aggregated by another site with the headline, “Grimes’ next album is full of diss tracks aimed at music industry misogynists.”
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More Ridiculous Pop Culture-Inspired Merch

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Ever the fans of absurd pop culture-inspired merch, the bizarre Kim Kardashian Human Centipede tee got our attention earlier this week. Clearly, it’s time to round up more of the ridiculous merch that we’ve crossed paths with, including clothes we would never wear. …Read More

The Nostalgic, Vibrant World of Advertising Mascots

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Most of us have fond memories from our childhood about the advertising mascots splashed across the boxes and packaging of our favorite cereals, toys, and more. Pop culture historian Warren Dotz has researched and collected those offbeat characters and brand icons in two beautiful books, the new Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of Advertising’s Magnificent Mascots 1960–1985 and the recently re-published Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character.
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast

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The MTV of today is packed with more reality television than music videos. But the groundbreaking network used to air music videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and promised that we’d “never look at music the same way again.” And we haven’t, after the channel’s maiden broadcast back in 1981. Today is the 34th anniversary of that first year on air. Here are some fun facts about the very first music videos played on MTV and the network itself that reveal the channel’s widespread cultural influence.
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