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.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines how the latest version of Super Smash Bros. has already broken the hearts of its most devoted fans.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the depths to which he sank during the year he spent managing an Abercrombie & Fitch.
Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines the potential scholarly applications of websites like Xtube and RedTube.
Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the limits of tolerance in the context of the Kansas bill that would legalize discrimination against same-sex couples.
Oliver Lee Bateman thought he was immune to the ill effects of competitiveness. Then he got involved in e-gaming.
So why has CrossFit been posting all of these photos of women in compromising situations?
Oliver Lee Bateman explains why we should pay closer attention to the sports that we watch.
The “is he or isn’t he?” saga of former NFL All-Pro Kerry Rhodes suggests that keeping silent about one’s sexuality may no longer be an option.
If Tom Cruise were to ascend to the position of Chairman of Religious Technology for the Church of Scientology, his coronation would be met with little besides smarmy jokes from chat-show hosts.
Want the “truth” about breaking news stories like Lance Armstrong’s PED confession and the Manti Te’o affair? Oliver Lee Bateman argues that there isn’t any to be discovered.
All of these fallen stars are begging for our forgiveness, but their vague, evasive apologies give us no sense of what they’re sorry for having done.