Popular culture

From Instagram to TikTok, our new pop culture demands that stars be both accessible and vulnerable online amid the pandemic.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual pop culture convention is not happening in 2020.
In her new book, "The Witches are Coming," West dissects the cultural moment we're living in today — and how we got here.
When a couple's childhood pop culture references are miles apart.
From "Crazy Rich Asians" to "Searching" to "Kim's Convenience," this month in pop culture boasts a range of productions about Asians.
Pop culture staples reinforce deeply held cultural assumptions about the purity and goodness of white women.
Both became pop culture legend by infiltrating the mainstream with camp and complexity.
Trump overwhelmingly captured the votes of white Christians. In part, that support reflected Trump's opposition to abortion
In Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, American Gods, a fictitious god named Wednesday bemoans the capricious nature of American worship: "This is a bad land for gods ... the old gods are ignored. The new gods are as quickly taken up as they are abandoned, cast aside for the next big thing."
As fantastic and satisfying as it was in the end, it felt unnatural from the way the show normally flows. It hit too many traditional tropes and handled it's reveals like your standard, hyper-excited cable television show.
If you blow up her character arc large enough, it's basically the microcosm of my high school experience, so maybe that's why I sympathize so much.
Quiet is not part of our American DNA. We are generations of adventures, entrepreneurs, and strong voices. We like things big, fast and loud. We push ourselves to extremes in order to be the best. We value our busyness.
For the record, we both acknowledge Beyoncé's talent and appreciate why so many people, and women in particular, are applauding Lemonade, and perhaps seeing themselves in it. That's not our issue or focus. The impetus for this conversation was a post on Facebook discussing feminist scholar bell hooks' response to Beyoncé's visual album, Lemonade.
It's the year 2016; we are at an age where technology is a society constant. Life at this juncture is practically unimaginable without the technology we enjoy today. In particular, life would not be as it were if not for video games.
There you are at the checkout aisle in your grocery store. You are killing time looking at your smartphone when you see it in the corner of your eye: your two favorite celebrities are cheating on each other.
On the GOP side, Trump likewise evokes a powerful populism, one that has some causes in common with Sanders' base, like wage
The Los Angeles art scene is booming! As an arts writer, each weekend I attempt to see as many exhibitions as possible.
Donald Trump's boast at last week's Republican "presidential" debate, that his (shall we say?) "equipment" was more than adequate, marks a new low in a long and storied history of campaigning for the White House, which explains the scare-quotes around "presidential."
Memento Mori. Remember, you will die. Not a pleasant thought, yet one that has universal application because it is an unavoidable
It took me several days to admit on social media that I was not a fan of the new Star Wars movie. But, with every outlet extolling the brilliance of the film, the iconoclast in me couldn't resist adding my unsolicited opinion to the fray.