My most joyful experience of 2015 involved watching a TV series along with a friend who was usually asleep at the time. I also enjoyed plenty of captivating television along with friends who were awake. This included the youthful fun of FOX’s MasterChef Junior; the unpredictable dramatics of CBS’s Survivor; the mesmerizing slow-burn of SundanceTV’s Rectify; the raw insight of HBO’s Getting On; and the thrilling start and ignominious end of the Chicago Cubs’ baseball season. However, no TV experience last year brought me greater emotional highs and lows, intrigue and feels, OMGs and LOLs than one series: EastEnders.
Sports fandom is best experienced among others. Because of some terrible travel planning, I was scheduled to experience the Notre Dame-USC game all by myself. But thanks to Twitter, I was not alone.
The varied viewpoints about Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear are indicative of what prompted the rally in the first place: divided experiences are leading to intractably divided viewpoints.
Work of Art brought together two different cultural milieus: reality TV and the world of art. But did it work?
If I read about Walter White’s drug world exploits in the newspaper, I’d want him thrown in jail. If Don Draper was my grandfather and my mother told me about his legacy of adulterous and abusive behavior, I would refuse to spend the holidays with him.
My Facebook friends list is filled with Chicagoans and Domers. A week ago Thursday, half the status updates on my feed were celebrations of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory; the other half were celebrations of USC’s impending NCAA sanctions, evidence that justice reckoned can taste as sweet as victory.
Of the 10 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, two films offer the most compelling competitive storyline: Avatar and The Hurt Locker.
The most talked about popular culture figure right now is an octogenarian who has emerged as the hippest grandmother a college student could imagine.
Extraordinary Measures, starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, offers the inspirational story of Notre Dame Law School alumnus John Crowley’s determined fight to advance the medical research needed to save the two youngest of his three children.