Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Honor Narrative in Contemporary US Advertising

One of the unfortunate externalities of my penchant for American football is the advertising that accompanies the television broadcasts.  While beer commercials are generally the primary venue for misogyny (e.g., here, here, and here), and sexist depictions of women are a … Continue reading

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Do US University Athletics Foster Cross-Cutting Cleavages?

File this under “half baked thoughts that have been kicking around my head for a few years” and “bad versions of American Exceptionalism,” but here it is. In January of 1983 I left the American University campus and made my … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas. Now get back to work.

As one of lord knows how many tens of thousands of direct descendants of William Bradford,–Pilgrim/Puritan; signatory to the Mayflower Compact (considered by many, one of the founding documents of modern democracy) and Governor of Plymouth Colony–I feel a responsibility … Continue reading

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Louisiana Signal Callers from the 60s

Two days ago I had never hear of Duck Dynasty, and frankly, the dust-up about a southern US good ole boy’s homohobia and racism bores me (see my views on Morality Plays).  But I was intrigued to find out that … Continue reading

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No Comment: Kansas Board of Regents Social Media Policy

Text from the Kansas BoR Social Media Policy. The chief executive officer of a state university has the authority to suspend, dismiss or terminate from employment any faculty or staff member who makes improper use of social media. “Social media” means any … Continue reading

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The 2013 BCS 16 Team College Football Tournament

Last year I posted the brackets for a 16 team NCAA football championship based on the final BCS rankings.  This is what the bracket would look like for this year.  Hey, we can fantasize, right? 2013 NCAA Fotball Playoff Bracket

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