How Political Comedy Culture Breeds Social Apathy

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Contemporary American political satirists such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver provide comic relief in the face of social injustice, but humor can undermine the fight to address serious issues.

5 Big Problems With Prince Fielder’s ESPN: The Magazine Cover Photo

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman discusses the implications of baseball star Prince Fielder’s appearance on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine’s Body Issue.

5 Things That Make the Internet Awful, And Why You Or I Might Be One of Them

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of our most dysfunctional relationships.

On Privilege Checking: The Story of My RateMyProfessors.com Chili Pepper

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History professor Oliver Lee Bateman checks the various privileges symbolized by a single flaming chili pepper.

Video Games: Still Bro-tastic and Misogynistic After All These Years

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines a console gaming industry bent on peddling the same old trash to willing buyers.

I Worked For a Collections Agency, and Here’s What You Need to Know About Your Credit… Seriously

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In an ironic twist of fate, Oliver Lee Bateman took a job as a debt collector at the same time he was dodging a large debt himself.

The Worst Video Game You’ve Never Played

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines how the latest version of Super Smash Bros. has already broken the hearts of its most devoted fans.

Pinterest “Hunk Boards” and Male Objectification

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Oliver Lee Bateman considers the weighty implications of Pinterest “hunk boards.”

The Year I Discriminated Against Everyone

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the depths to which he sank during the year he spent managing an Abercrombie & Fitch.

The Most Transphobic Thing That Ever Happened…

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Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of the most transphobic moments in television history.

Proving Your Manhood: “Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another?”

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“Absorbing punishment to prove you’re a man seems like the easy way out,” argues Oliver Lee Bateman.

When Unmanliness Was Manly: The Story of “Playboy” Buddy Rose

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the unorthodox career of pro wrestler “Playboy” Buddy Rose.

Behind the Mask: The Amazing True Story of Masked Wrestling in the United States

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on a time when masked wrestlers ruled the American South.

The Internet Sex Archive: What Should We Do With Millions of Hours of Amateur Pornography?

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines the potential scholarly applications of websites like Xtube and RedTube.

Joe Biden and Ryan Braun: Performance-Enhanced Alpha Males

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There are genuine issues of goodness or badness to worry about in the world, but they do not involve Ryan Braun and other PED users.

The Year in Review…in Review (Or: Why I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Clickbait)

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines our obsession with lists, facts, and clickbait headlines.