The case of the Missing Bedfellows

REBLOG – where are you, allies?

Reading in the Shade



an associate or collaborator, especially one who forms a temporary alliance for reasons of expediency:

Politics makes strange bedfellows.
I remember some WW2 propaganda that has always stuck with me. It was the image of a Russian soldier running and leaping into bed with Uncle Sam and a British soldier. I was still a child sneaking Time Life books, so I smirked at the unintended(?) homoeroticsm of Uncle Sam and big strapping masculine soldiers in bed together. Despite my initial juvenile sexual humor, the larger implication wasn’t lost on me.

Our new bedfellow!” the poster proclaimed, reminding Americans that the war had shifted. Russia was on our side. The Nazis were still evil, but the Russians had seen the light, come to Jesus, and suddenly loved American liberty. They were our friends and allies. Sort of. 

This image has always stayed with me, and even as an adult I recall it when I see groups at polar ends of…

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Everyone’s a critic: The rise of the TV hate-watch

Hey look! I’m in this! REBLOG

Motown Filly

It’s Wednesday night, 10:00 p.m. In her suburban Detroit living room, MontiLee Stormer is sitting down in front of the TV, her husband at her side and her laptop logged into Facebook. In Bethel, PA, Pamela V. Jones is doing the same. They are both tuned in to CBS’s CSI: Cyber – but not because they enjoy the show.

Quite the contrary.

As the show begins with the narrated backstory that introduces every episode, Jones starts a thread on her Facebook page.

“LOL ‘It can happen to you,’” she writes, echoing the fear-mongering last line of the show’s intro, which is delivered in a whisper by actress Patricia Arquette.

“They really gotta change that opening,” writes Stormer’s husband.

“Why? It sucks like the rest of the show,” replies Jones.

Thus begins the hate-watch.

Every week, thousands of people tune in to watch television programs they genuinely despise, purely to…

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