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.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman discusses the implications of baseball star Prince Fielder’s appearance on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine’s Body Issue.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of our most dysfunctional relationships.
History professor Oliver Lee Bateman checks the various privileges symbolized by a single flaming chili pepper.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines a console gaming industry bent on peddling the same old trash to willing buyers.
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.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines how the latest version of Super Smash Bros. has already broken the hearts of its most devoted fans.
Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on a forgotten wrestler who embodied the “80s style,” and whose enormous body proved impossible to replicate.
Oliver Lee Bateman considers the weighty implications of Pinterest “hunk boards.”
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the depths to which he sank during the year he spent managing an Abercrombie & Fitch.
Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of the most transphobic moments in television history.
“Absorbing punishment to prove you’re a man seems like the easy way out,” argues Oliver Lee Bateman.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the unorthodox career of pro wrestler “Playboy” Buddy Rose.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on a time when masked wrestlers ruled the American South.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines the potential scholarly applications of websites like Xtube and RedTube.
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.