Category Popular Culture

Can a Drag Queen be a leader!? Just ask the #KinseySicks…

The Kinsey Sicks, a Dragapella political satire group, have a lot of fun and share their irreverent take on history — based not only on fabulous singing but current statistics and ultra-conservative rhetoric. If you’re tired of progressives making fun of conservative politics, don’t listen in. But if you need a laugh, and some serious […]

The Wild Truth: Was Chris McCandless trauma victim, hero, or just a lost seeker? Why his celebrity doesn’t teach us as much as we might think…

Much has been written about Chris McCandless’ fatal journey Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer’s biography made into a successful movie. Now Carine McCandless’ book shares the backstory she asked Krakauer to minimize, and what a difference it makes when we think of her brother’s early death! Krakauer’s story turned McCandless into a modern day luddite […]

Entertaining Apocalypse: Bad Leadership at its Most Earnestly Tragically Horrible

Let me be the first to say that I agree — we’re in trouble. Just today, on a ride to the post office to get my mail, my friend and I discussed rising sea levels, the seemingly inevitable gradual destruction of croplands with climate change, failures in medicare treatment procedures, and the challenges to running […]

850 Calorie Challenge

Originally posted on Marcus Ampe's Space:
+ + On the internet you may find a challenge which thousands of people have to face every day, day in day out. The number of crises around the world is far outpacing the level of funding for humanitarian operations, and vulnerable refugees in critical operations are falling…

Feminist Frequency is just truth-telling, says Joss Whedon

Originally posted on The Stake:
The work of Anita Sarkeesian and her project, Feminist Frequency, has always been controversial. To some at least. Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of the worst venom the internet can produce. Everything from mockery to rape and death threats have been directed at her, on and off-line, because of her…

Update: Pussy Riot in Vanity Fair

From punk protest to world renoun, check out who’s profiled in Vanity Fair? Pussy Riot has made the pop culture grade, acquiring glamour as well as a reputation for standing up for freedom of speech in Russia. Here’s a preview! “‘How do you pronounce this word? En-door? Endure. Endure.” Masha Alyokhina repeated the word several […]

The Self-Sacrificing Leader: How Harry Potter helps us love humble pie!

Today, let’s look at a small sample of the leadership blogosphere, and what it says about “the boy who lived” to inspired another boy, Nathan, to survive. (Thanks again to Call Me Ishmael, the website that published Nathan’s touching and revealing voicemail about his favorite book!) The consensus seems to be that Harry is self-sacrificing, […]