Throwing Our Kids to the Lions: The Dangers of Scared Straight


Answers about what works best for troubled young people should be based in sound research not in storytelling aimed to generate profits for television networks.

Rags to Riches to Rags: Achieving Fame, Losing it, and Finding Yourself

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After appearing on MTV’s True Life and finding early fame and wealth, Apollo Poetry lost it all, only to find true success and stumble onto his own happiness.

The Bachelor’ is Wrong and Cliche About Gay Men-But Accidentally Right About Reality TV

One red rose for 30...make that 1....woman.

Current ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis comments about gays were off-base, but he got one thing right.

Too Cold for Television

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When you write a blog, sometimes you have encounters with people that surprise you. I had one of those encounters this week.

Sunset Chasers: Only on The Weathers Channel, and The Discouvery Network


Oh the sheer devastation of this sunset!

Cue the Brady Bunch Theme Song: Donald D’Haene DISHES with Florence Henderson

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Donald D’Haene talks with Florence Henderson about families, reality television, and Robert Reed aka Mike Brady coming out as gay—as well as her new show: All the Lives of Me…A Musical Journey.

On Being a Prepper: Disaster Preparedness and Moral Standards

Coast Guard Rescue

Capt. William E. Simpson, well-known ‘prepper’, gives some examples of how the best prepared in an emergency situation or disaster have training, experience, and moral courage.

I Don’t Want to Keep Up With The Kardashians

Old TV

Alex Yarde remembers sitting down as a family to watch TV together, and thinks about the ways in which entertainment has changed over the years – for better and for worse.

Zimmerman: Do We Need the Daily Trial Blow-by-blow?


When any trial becomes the sole focus of the media, we miss crucial other things that are happening in our world.

Somebody’s Been Tinkering With My Television

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Television and film writer Greg White offers an insider’s perspective on why great television can suddenly go so bad.

My Fascination with the Amish Mafia

Discovery Channel

No matter how beautiful the garden appears from the outside, the serpent still finds its way in.

Before You Cheat: 14 Things You Need to Know


Advice on the high price of infidelity, from a man who’s paid.

Open Thread: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Expecting

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What is it about celebrities that make an announcement like a baby international front-page news?

Accept That He Cheated


Seeing clearly what is within one’s power to change is the key to taking action after infidelity.

The Ethics of Reality Television: Kant and Bentham on the Jersey Shore


As Jersey Shore builds to a not-at-all climactic conclusion, Jim Jividen discusses what we’ve learned about ethics from watching Snooki, JWoww, the Situation, Ronnie, and all their gym/tan/laundry pals.

Man Up / Man Down


Hipster Sexism doesn’t serve humanity any better than the Classic variety.