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A Polarizing Canadian ‘Messiah’ Shows How Pandemic Is Shaking Up Culture

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Canadian luminaries, including the writer Margaret Atwood, have praised “Messiah/Complex,” which grapples with heady themes such as Islamophobia, climate change and colonization. But after my story about the production was published in The Times, the work also came......

The big numbers and social reaction to Steph Curry’s 62-point night

ESPN
It was a big night for Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors‘ superstar set a career-high with 62 points in Golden State’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Curry’s 62 points are the most by a Warrior since Rick Barry......

The big numbers and social reaction to Steph Curry’s 62-point night

ESPN
It was a big night for Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors‘ superstar set a career-high with 62 points in Golden State’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Curry’s 62 points are the most by a Warrior since Rick Barry......

Cowboys culture under Mike McCarthy brings an unexpected playoff push

USA Today
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY The message was consistent, relayed repeatedly throughout a trying Cowboys season. Fittingly, come December, it morphed into a winter simile. “Momentum is like a snowball,” tight end Dalton Schultz said. “You just got to roll it in......

Cancel culture is creating a Soviet-style society of liars

NYPost
Rob Henderson The public policy scholar Joseph Overton stated that an idea must fall within a certain range of acceptability to be politically viable. The Overton Window, as this concept has come to be known, describes the range of publicly palatable ideas at a given time, and it applies not......

When teams’ social media feeds got real, made friends and started beefing

ESPN
Dec 28, 2020 Kelly CohenESPN What’s snarky, self-deprecating and smack-talking all at once? Well, your favorite team’s social media accounts, of course. It’s a fine line that accounts have to walk, especially in 2020, but when they do it correctly, it makes internet magic. And in a year when sports......

How cancel culture keeps COVID-19 lockdown-doubters silent

NYPost
Karol Markowicz “Thank you so much for speaking out to open schools. I can’t do it myself, for obvious reasons.” “I completely agree with you about opening schools in September, but I’m afraid I’ll be targeted at my job.” These were just a few of the supportive reader comments I......

Forrest Lamp’s lamp and other unusual athlete endorsements

ESPN
In one of the easiest scores in endorsement history, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp has unveiled a lamp sponsorship. Manufacturer Lamps Plus will be creating the Forrest Sequoia lamp, which stands at just over 5 feet tall, made from resin that looks like a tree trunk with a......

LeBron James, Michael Jordan among athletes getting into business of big booze

ESPN
6:48 AM ET Kelly CohenESPN They are rivals on the basketball court, but they are friends and business partners in the world of tequila. They also get to drink the results of the partnership. In the summer of 2016, Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan, Los Angeles Lakers......

In Times of Conflict, How Can We Support the People Who Keep Culture Alive

Smithsonian
The fate of Armenian cultural heritage sites in Nagorno-Karabakh is unknown. A recent Smithsonian magazine article highlighted why scholars and cultural institutions are calling to protect Armenian heritage in the landlocked mountainous region in the South Caucasus. The report succinctly described the situation leading into the current conflict. Legally recognized......

A man fell 120 feet to his death helping build SoFi Stadium. Who was he?

ESPN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The tears began as soon as Mirna Ontiveros caught sight of SoFi Stadium. It was a Saturday, on an unusually cold and windy morning, and Mirna still wasn’t sure why she was here. In the months since her husband, an ironworker named Juan Becerra, fell to his......

Keyontae Johnson receives letters of well wishes from second graders

ESPN
Florida Gators men’s basketball star Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed on the court during a game on Saturday, has been the subject of letters of well wishes and recover from second grade students at an elementary school in Florida. Johnson was put into a medically induced coma but is currently in......

In a Big Year for Games, These Players Are Shifting the Culture

New York Times
Anita Sarkeesian and Carolyn Petit It should come as no surprise that 2020 was a monumental year for the video game industry. While other business sectors saw revenues shrink and storefronts close, gaming companies have profited over these many months when millions of people have been spending more time at......

Inside the evolving culture of death threats in the AFL

ESPN
AFL players have been stalked and trolled since the 1960s, when death threats were sent through the mail in the form of cut-out letters or came via phone calls. Now, with technology evolving, perpetrators operate online and hide behind fake names and photos, with Twitter handles that look more like......

‘We’re going to set text on fire’: Inside the world of jersey swaps, memes and recruiting graphics

ESPN
6:48 AM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com On social media, you don’t have to look long for an edited photo of James Harden in a Miami Heat uniform. Or, scroll a bit further and see a graphic announcing a scholarship offer for a recruit to Alabama or USC. Or follow every Sunday......

The Rockets created a culture that gave James Harden all the power

ESPN
THE HOUSTON ROCKETS‘ culture in the James Harden era, which bridges two owners and now four head coaches, might be best summed up by a former staffer’s three words: “Whatever James wants.” Unless they were on the front end of a back-to-back set, it was essentially a sure thing that......

Julie Burchill’s book about cancel culture cancelled over Twitter row

BBC
“While there is no legal definition of hate speech in the UK, we believe that Julie’s comments on Islam are not defensible from a moral or intellectual standpoint, that they crossed a line with regard to race and religion, and that her book has now become inextricably linked with those......

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