“History” isn’t a dry academic study, but you’d never know from most popular culture, where the study of the past is limited to its geeky adherents, walled off from more normal society and called upon only when it becomes directly relevant to whatever story is being told. But everyone lives with some level of personal history, and that personal history is often associated with quite public history.
Contemplating how TV shows become addictive, Andrew Romano looks to a study (pdf) that suggests certain formats command more of our attention: Employing fMRI technology, [psychologist Uri] Hasson and his neuroscience colleagues scre... Read Post
I'm hoping that there will be a tipping point whereby our society becomes bored with the tasteless, the lowbrow, the common vulgarities that have seeped into our popular culture. Read Post