Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2014

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The last blog post I made was about the things that disappointed me in 2013. But now it’s time to turn our frowns upside-down and look forward to the upcoming things in 2014 that might be great. Music, video games, new technologies – here are the 10 things I’m looking forward to most in 2014: More

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Mindless Iconoclasm, Vol. 1: Five Shows That I Like But Don’t Love As Much As Everyone Else Seems To

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One of the advantages of being an anonymous blogger is that there’s no pressure for me to go with the flow and merely reconfirm popular opinion in whatever I write. That’s not to say that I follow the Armond White approach of going against the grain just because I can, but that does mean that if I can offer an alternative perspective on something, then I’ll do so with few misgivings.

That’s the spirit of a series of posts that I’m starting entitled “Mindless Iconoclasm,” in which I express opinions about pop culture – books, TV, movies, games, music – that are, in my experience, unpopular. These won’t be articles where I simply find fifty new ways to say, “Community sucks!” every week. I intend to explain, to the best of my ability, where I’m coming from and why I feel how I feel about the particular pieces of pop culture in question. I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion here. I just want to express my own in a way that hopefully gets people thinking.

I’m going to kick things off with a look at five TV shows that I like, but don’t love as much as everyone else seems to. I watch quite a bit of TV, and I enjoy almost all of it, but there are some shows that don’t totally work for me as well as they work for other people. These aren’t shows that I hate; they’re just shows that I don’t completely adore as much as others would like me to. We’ll get started after the jump. More

A Crazy Theory About Friends with Benefits

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I’m generally a fan of Occam’s Razor: the explanation that requires the fewest assumptions is the likeliest. But after watching the last two scheduled episodes of NBC’s Friends with Benefits last night, I find myself less enamoured with that principle. Friends with Benefits has by no means been a great show, but it hasn’t been a clunker either. Usually, I’m content to dismiss mediocrity as the product of not very talented people, but there are a few signs which point to an alternative explanation: the version of Friends with Benefits that we saw isn’t the one that the creators had intended to produce from the outset. Sound crazy? I’ll explain after the jump. More