How the Internet tricks smart people into believing everything they read

The other day I was offered a free flu shot here at the office and my initial reaction was, “Hell yeah, free immunization!” Then a co-worker told me she wasn’t getting it because it always makes her sick and another co-worker told me he “doesn’t believe in them.” This confused me and made me uncomfortable more »

Fin: Left Behind on Rosh Hashanah, Strong Takes on sports and secrets of ‘Night Calls’

I was invited this week to a press screening of the Nicolas Cage “Left Behind” movie- but wouldn’t you know it, it’s on Erev Rosh Hashanah. I suppose I’m in no position to complain, though. In fact, maybe I should be thanking them. The brilliant Twitter sports commentator known as @PFTCommenter has launched a new more »

Album sales are down and are never coming back. Here’s why that’s good.

There are few stories more annoying than the EXACT SAME ONE repeated over the last 15 years that “vinyl album sales are making a comeback!” (Hint: they never went away, at least in the indie rock and DJ world.) But I found one: “Album sales are down, OMG!” Well, no kidding. They’ve been going down since 2002. Guess what, too: They’re never coming back.

Obama “loses” Maureen Dowd, for the 15th time in five years

Did you read Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times over the weekend, when she took the controversial, cutting-edge position that President Obama plays too much golf? Did you conclude from that column that liberal president Obama has abruptly lost the support of liberal columnist Dowd, which means horrible, horrible things for the future more »

Why everything you know about Millennials is wrong

Hey, did you hear about the Millennials? “Suddenly, as you may have noticed, Millennials are everywhere.” That’s how the New York Times’ Sam Tanenhaus began his look at the Millennial Generation, which ran in the paper of record last weekend, published, at least in web form, with the strange headline  “Generation Nice: The Millennials Are more »


On Robin Williams, mental illness, and the media’s cluelessness about suicide

It’s been a week since the shocking, tragic passing of American icon Robin Williams, and everyone still seems at a loss when it comes to processing the circumstances of his death. Williams, a comedy legend of stage, screen, and television, took his own life at the age of 63 after a particularly severe bout of more »

Finally, Thought Catalog out-trolls itself

Speaking morally, ethically and aesthetically, Thought Catalog resembles less a website than a toilet. It’s a place where people drop off, with little effort, things which would have been better off flushed. The site, a lot of the time, is your usual listicle/clickbait monstrosity- as of this writing, the top two stories on the homepage are more »


“World’s Greatest Dad” and the death of Robin Williams

When Robin Williams passed away Monday night in an apparent suicide, fans and critics took to Twitter and various other social networks and web outlets to remember the late comic. I read fond remembrances of the many movies and shows Williams starred in, from his standup to Mork and Mindy to “The World According to more »

What’s up with the Robin Williams lovefest?

Robin Williams was without a doubt one of the greatest comedians and comic actors of all time. He also was one of the most mocked and criticized comedians and comic actors of all time.

Why I love Lil Bub

I’m a grown-ass man and I’m hopelessly in love with a tiny, magical cat. A cat named Lil Bub.


False is the new true: Fake news clickbait, “Blood Feud” and why the truth stopped mattering

I’ve complained about clickbait of the Buzzfeed and Upworthy variety an awful lot in the last couple of years, and I know I’m not alone. It’s silly, manipulative, least-common-denominator, and it lowers the discourse considerably. I’ve long felt that when this particular era of Internet culture passes, we’ll all be the better for it. But more »


“They aren’t people”: Why Anthony Cumia got exactly what he deserved

I wrote a big piece last year for Philadelphia Magazine, about the “Knockout Game,” that moral panic that briefly seized America last November and December, when local news stations and newspaper websites convinced white Americans that random black people could and would punch them at any moment. This “epidemic” happened, for some reason, for only more »