Why Are We Still Obsessed With “American Idol”?

It’s late-January and you know what that means? America’s favorite train wreck of a singing competition is back with its band of merry dysfunctional talent and its even more dysfunctional cast of judges… and Ryan  Seacrest. Ever since 2002, Americans have been glued to their phones and TVs, eager to select the music industry’s next […]

Graduation is Upon You! Don’t Freak Out

I remember what it felt like during my last semester. I remember looking in the mirror and seeing the reflection of someone stricken with terror and stress. Now that spring (and graduation season) is upon us, I am starting to see these looks again from soon-to-be-but-not-ready-graduates. As someone who would have killed for some advice […]

Disowned Gay Scholars Need Financial Aid Dollars

In order to qualify for financial aid, it helps to be independently wealthy. If you’re not, be transparent. The 130 questions on the Dept. of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, help college-bound students evaluate their financial need. But for gay and lesbian scholars, the very transparency the […]

Festivals Go Mainstream, It’s Our Fault

What the hell happened to “The Music Festival?” What used to feel like a fun weekend full of awesome jams and awesome people, now feels like a douchey faux-fiesta worthy only of Natty Light chugging bros. Somehow the essence of a music festival has gone from an acid-tastic way to hear new or under-appreciated bands […]

NDAA: A Campaign Mood Killer for Youth

Disillusioned young voters worry President Barack Obama’s 2008 hope and change may have transformed into an ambiguous violation of constitutional rights.  On December 31, the president approved the National Defense Authorization Act.  The law, voted for by 283 Representatives, and 86 Senators has been charged with providing the justification for the military to detain U.S. […]

Nice Apps! Top 5 for Super Bowl XLVI Fun

It’s Feb. 4 and you have exactly 24 hours until your house/apartment/local bar will be all the rage with football. Super Bowl XLVI is here! Hosting, bar-hopping or ignoring the testosterone-filled day, the Super Bowl will consume your Sunday and you best be prepared. The most pertinent question is: are you ready!? A New York Giants […]

Today on Tumblr: Occupy Valentine’s Day

Yes, there have been movies, episodes of TV shows, and mothers across American telling you Valentine’s Day is no big deal, especially if you’re a single woman. “It was invented by Hallmark!” your similarly single friends say. But, one Kay Jewelers commercial pushes you over the edge, and you know you’re surrounded by lies. In retort: a new Tumblr, […]

Is Streaming The Future Long Tail?

Hulu is heading into the original scripted content route. The streaming service will be the first to show the political comedy Battleground which will be followed by two other original shows including the second season of Morgan Spurlock’s documentary series A Day In the Life and a travel show, Up To Speed, by Richard Linklater. […]

The Art of #Occupy

A poster picturing a dancer doing an arabesque atop Wall Street’s symbolic Bowling Green Bull sculpture with a copy that reads, “What is our one demand? #OccupyWallStreet, September 17th. Bring tent.” called for the start of a protest against rising inequality in America. Since then, Occupy has not only gone viral online, but also sparked […]