Archive for December, 2021

Why Obama-Era Pop Culture Seems So Dated Now

As millennials age into the solid middle of the culture here at the end of 2021, they’re getting to experience that disorienting slip with some of the most beloved pop culture of their youths, and most particularly the pop culture that was celebrated during the presidency of Barack Obama. – Vox

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Big Tech Is Betting This Will Be The Next Big Cultural Thing

After 15 years of riding a boom in mobile computing that has turned tech’s biggest companies into giants worth trillions of dollars, the power brokers of the industry believe that controlling the doors into the metaverse and virtual reality could be the centerpiece of a new business. – The New York Times

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Betty White, a beloved icon and actress since the beginning of TV, has died at age 99

TV favors the young — but Betty White only got more famous as she got older. White's career began in the earliest days of television, and she was active until her death at the age of 99.

(Image credit: Matt Sayles/AP)

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What’s making us happy: What to watch, read and listen to this weekend

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Betty White, 99

A trailblazer and pioneer in media, Betty had the longest running career for any woman in TV prior to her death — starring in multiple shows over the past 8 decades, starting way back in 1939. – TMZ

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A Comprehensive List Of Arts And Entertainment Figures We Lost In 2021

It’s a long list. – BBC

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Has King George III Gotten A Bum Rap?

The unlucky British King is the great villain of the USA’s founding narrative, portrayed as both hapless and tyrannical. That’s not a completely false portrait, but it’s not completely true, either. For instance, George III was a sound constitutionalist and the first British monarch to oppose slavery. – Bloomberg

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The Year in CultureGrrl, 2021 Edition: Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in a Covid-Clouded Universe

Meet the New Year. Same as the Old Year.

My riff on “Meet the New Boss. Same as the

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Being Used In Making Music

The use of AI in music is here today, and while its contribution is still small, it will likely grow. If you take that to its logical conclusion, the question arises: Could AI create pop stars — and Grammy award winners — completely out of thin air? – CNET

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‘Schmigadoon!’ star Cecily Strong and co-creator Cinco Paul embrace musical satire

The Apple TV+ satire series Schmigadoon! centers on a couple who gets trapped in a town where people burst into song. Originally broadcast Aug. 9 and Aug. 23.

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