Author: jrw68

  • "Imported from Detroit": Selling the Country and Cars

    Commercials embody more than product placement and promotion. They embody a certain cultural collectivism. We laugh and cry along great distances in unison at 30-second spots designed to elicit the most visceral emotions to achieve a solitary goal - sell. This year’s Super Bowl Sunday was replete with a variety of commercials tugging on innumerable cultural references; however, one in particular employed an oft-ignored allegory for American patriotism with bona fide success.

  • How to Portray Gay: MTV's "Skins" and its Newest Addition

    Skins, the UK’s foremost captivating teenage drama, has made it stateside. And, only after two episodes, it has managed to stir up an equal amount of drama off the small screen. Skins premiered in the UK in 2007 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon -- although some may say it was the cultural phenomenon that Skins was depicting. The 45-minute episodes are steeped in teenage melodrama, sex, drugs and alcohol, all packaged in a fashion that oddly unleashes recollections of a very real adolescence.

  • More than Gays and War.

    Amid the cheers for equality, some people, particularly high-profile antiwar advocate and mother of fallen soldier Cindy Sheehan, have ranted against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, not because gays and lesbians shouldn’t fight in wars, but because no one should.