Category Archives: Pop Culture

The A Words

Just curious: should we consider appropriation and assimilation dirty words? Could we make just as compelling a case that they constitute forms of flattery?

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Why Binge?

Over the last year, I’ve watched Ozark, The Man in the Green Castle, Bosch, Dear White People, The Keepers–just to name a few. My viewing involves a modicum of guilt. I’m enjoying myself, but I occasionally find myself watching for … Continue reading

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A Chance to be 49th

Mississippi doesn’t embrace many chances to avoid winning last place, but here’s an easy one: we’re one of the last two states to recognize “Confederate Memorial Day.” Alabama is the other one. Regardless of what one feels about our state … Continue reading

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The Internet and Privacy

Earlier this week, Congress sent to Pres. Trump a bill that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to sell data regarding users’ searches and browsing history to third-party advertisers. This made me wonder, once again, what expectations computer users should … Continue reading

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And another thing. . .or two

If I’m worried about the future I see for education, I sense even more trepidation than optimism when it comes to the things I see outside the ivory tower. Here are some topics I’d like us to consider: Everyday usage: … Continue reading

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Another Great is Gone

Mose Allison, born near Tippo, Mississippi, in 1927, died at his home yesterday. He was an important musical bridge to the past. His mixture of country, blues and jazz was beautifully idiosyncratic; he whetted his lyrics on the hard stone … Continue reading

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Mississippi Cliches

The Netflix documentary series Last Chance U offers a behind-the-scenes look at the players, coaches, and staff members at the most successful junior college football team in Mississippi, the East Mississippi Lions. The show sugar coats nothing: players’ troubled pasts, … Continue reading

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Making things obvious

Donald Trump faces strident criticism from those who believe he has not distanced himself far enough from Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. If he won’t allow a single Muslim to immigrate to America because he fears terrorism, then how can … Continue reading

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Help me help myself

It’s February. The second semester is in full swing. So I must be worried about all things academic, right? Not quite. The spring soccer season has also started, and if I have to hear the same pump music my kids … Continue reading

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Finally: the news gets juicy

No, I’m not talking about Sara Palin’s endorsement of The Don. However, there are loads of stories relevant to our mission here. We’ll deal with two right away. This morning, The Atlantic recapped a Vanderbilt University study of low minority … Continue reading

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