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Social Media Was a Mistake

Top Stories of the Year: #1 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. At the top of the list this year is what we have discovered about the impact of digital media on our public debate—particularly the second […]

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Culture Is Downstream of Politics

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream of culture. But if he had lived to see the art and entertainment in 2018, he might […]

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Is Google Landru?

Last week, I wrote about how those of us on the right can be Star Trek fans despite its supposedly “Progressive” politics. Partly, this is because good art is about a lot more than a didactic political message. But it also struck me how much of the message of Star Trek is consistent with the […]

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Jim Kirk Was Many Things, But He Was Never a Social Justice Warrior

It has become commonplace these days to lament that we don’t have a common culture anymore—a repertoire of art that we can all enjoy regardless of our political loyalties. Well, maybe it’s because we have a lot of people trying to mark off parts of the culture as their tribal territory, off limits to partisan […]

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In a Mirror, Darkly

I have finally made it through the third episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” long enough for the plot to settle down enough so I can evaluate whether the show matches up to my hopes. All I can say is that somebody on this show had better Grow the Beard and do it soon. This is […]

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“Discovery” Needs to Bring Balance to the Trek

Star Trek returns to television on Sunday, and to understand why this is such a big deal, you have to realize how dominant Trek used to be in this medium. For 18 years, from the franchise’s return to TV in 1987 with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to when “Enterprise” limped off the air in […]

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What the “Trekonomics” Fantasy Gets Wrong About the Economics of the Future

Manu Saadia takes on Peter Thiel, as a proxy for Donald Trump, for saying that he prefers Star Wars over Star Trek because the setting is more capitalist. There’s a lot of over-reading going on here, particularly because this all takes off from a short throwaway comment in an interview with Thiel where he comes […]

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Futurism TV

Nine Ways Star Trek Anticipated and Celebrated the Future In the field of future technology, life has a tendency to imitate art. The creators of science fiction are often able to imagine something before science fact makes it possible. The real technology then catches up when somebody sees it in fiction and asks: how could […]

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An Army of Mary Sues

Star Wars fans have been excited recently by the news that a favorite villain from the franchise’s “extended universe” of spinoff fiction has been promoted into a new regular character in the “official” Star Wars animated TV series “Star Wars: Rebels.” Grand Admiral Thrawn was particularly liked because he is a subtle, sophisticated, cultured villain […]

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Social Realist Star Trek

When the new Star Trek film premiers next week, we can expect to see one of the beloved members of the regular Enterprise crew, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, portrayed as gay, by way of a scene in which he is “pictured with a male spouse raising their infant child.” Unexpectedly, George Takei, who played Sulu in […]

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