When you list the top few hundred million complaints you have about public officials, I'm guessing the notion that they're dragging their heels on the issue of men in high heels wouldn't make the list. But in the latest iteration of the culture wars, it turns out that drag shows are a societal scourge overdue for a dressing down. Tennessee is poised to become first state to restrict drag performances. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee who is set to sign into law the bill that will limit 'adult cabaret performances' on public property (because god knows we're all tired of walking into City Hall only to see a drag show break out) ignored questions about the time he dressed in drag, "What a ridiculous, ridiculous question that is, conflating something like that to sexualized entertainment in front of children, which is a very serious subject." Meanwhile, Rep. Nate Schatzline who authored a Texas bill restricting drag performances wants to make it clear that the video of him "skipping, running and dancing in a park while donning a black sequined dress and a red eye mask" doesn't count because it was a joke. This whole issue is a joke, but that's not stopping several other states, including Idaho, North Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, from entering the drag race to enact similar bans. Wearing a dress is under attack but impersonating a clown is all the rage.
+ AP: As Tennessee, others target drag shows, many wonder: Why? "The protestations have arisen fairly suddenly around a form of entertainment that has long had a place on the mainstream American stage. Milton Berle, 'Mr. Television' himself, was appearing in drag on the public airwaves as early as the 1950s." And on the 40th anniversary of the MASH finale that drew a cool 106 million viewers, let's not forget the cross-dressing corporal Klinger. A whole generation of children was exposed to his dresses, and somehow we survived.
Yesterday, we learned some very interesting details about the wave of immigrants leaving the United States and returning to Mexico and other countries south of the border. Today, let's examine another border crossing you may not have considered. NYT (Gift Article): Canadians Fume as Migrants Surge at Their Border. "Using the kind of anti-migrant language rarely heard in Canada, opposition politicians are calling on the government to deploy the police to shut down the Roxham Road crossing and said that Quebec, the province absorbing many of the undocumented migrants, 'is not an all-inclusive' vacation 'package.'"
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Should managers of retirement plans be allowed to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance issues when making investments? Well, an anti-ESG bill just passed the Senate (with a pair of Democrat votes) and is headed for President Biden's desk (and likely, his veto pen). This is yet another culture war lightning rod that promises to plague the 2024 election.
"Late last summer ... word got out that Din Tai Fung was leaving Caruso's biggest mall (in square footage), the Americana. Not just leaving. Din Tai Fung was moving across the street. To the much more indoor, much less "cool" mall: the Galleria. This was odd — definitely unexpected — and great gossip for a certain type of Angeleno who is aware of both the Americana and the Galleria and the garlic green bean situation at Din Tai Fung. In the 1980s teen rom-com movie version of this, it was like the most attractive, high-achieving girl in high school — Din Tai Fung — suddenly dating someone — the Galleria — from a whole different social clique; the Lloyd Dobler of malls." Ryan Bradley in Eater: The Great LA Dumpling Drama. (Now I'm picturing Lloyd Dobler standing in front of his car parked by one of the malls holding a pair of chopsticks above his head.)
+ Inside Job: "Mexicans were suddenly catapulted into the same world of blurry constitutional uncertainty faced in the past by (among many others) Poles, Turks, Hungarians, Filipinos, and Venezuelans; more recently by Israelis; and, of course, by Americans. What do you do when a legitimate, democratically elected president or prime minister undermines the rules of the legal system, or of democracy itself? What if that president or prime minister is popular?" Anne Applebaum in The Atlantic: How Do You Stop Lawmakers From Destroying the Law?
The Fungus Among Us: "For months, some residents have complained that a sooty, dark crust has blanketed homes, cars, road signs, bird feeders, patio furniture and trees as the fungus has spread uncontrollably, fed by alcohol vapors wafting from charred oak barrels of aging Jack Daniel's whiskey." NYT (Gift Article): Whiskey Fungus Fed by Jack Daniel's Encrusts a Tennessee Town.
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Entertainment blogging is a type of online content creation that focuses on providing readers with news, reviews, and commentary on various forms of entertainment, such as movies, music, television shows, and celebrity gossip. Entertainment blogging is a popular form of online media that has gained significant traction over the years, and it has become an essential part of the entertainment industry.
In this article, we will explore the world of entertainment blogging, its history, its impact, and its future.
History of Entertainment Blogging
Entertainment blogging began to gain popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with the rise of blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress. At that time, most entertainment news was only available in traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, and television shows.
However, with the emergence of the internet, bloggers saw an opportunity to provide a new type of entertainment news that was more accessible and up-to-date. Early entertainment bloggers were mostly enthusiasts who wrote about their favorite movies, music, and celebrities as a hobby.
As blogging became more popular, some bloggers started to monetize their sites through advertising and sponsorships, paving the way for a new generation of professional entertainment bloggers.
Impact of Entertainment Blogging
Entertainment blogging has had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. It has provided a new platform for artists and celebrities to promote their work, interact with fans, and build their brand. In some cases, bloggers have helped to launch the careers of new artists and actors by providing exposure to a wider audience.
Entertainment bloggers have also played a role in shaping public opinion about movies, music, and television shows. Their reviews and commentary can influence whether people choose to watch a particular film or listen to a new album. Bloggers have also been known to call out problematic behavior by celebrities and hold them accountable for their actions.
The rise of social media has further amplified the impact of entertainment blogging. Bloggers can now share their content across multiple platforms and engage with their followers in real-time. This has created a more intimate relationship between bloggers and their audience, making it easier for fans to discover new content and interact with their favorite bloggers.
Types of Entertainment Blogging
There are several types of entertainment blogging, each with its own focus and style.
Celebrity Gossip: This type of entertainment blogging focuses on the personal lives of celebrities, including their relationships, scandals, and fashion choices.
Movie Reviews: Bloggers who specialize in movie reviews provide in-depth analysis of films, including their plot, cinematography, and performances.
Music News: This type of blogging covers the latest music releases, concerts, and music industry news.
Television Reviews: Bloggers who write about television shows provide commentary on the latest episodes, analyze the plot, and provide their opinions on the show's quality.
Pop Culture Commentary: This type of entertainment blogging covers a wide range of topics related to popular culture, including fashion, trends, and social issues.
Tips for Starting an Entertainment Blog
If you're interested in starting an entertainment blog, here are some tips to help you get started:
Choose Your Niche: Before you start blogging, it's essential to decide on your niche. Determine which type of entertainment you're most passionate about and focus on that niche.
Create High-Quality Content: To build a successful blog, you need to create high-quality content that provides value to your readers. Focus on providing unique insights and opinions that aren't available elsewhere.
Be Consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to blogging. Develop a schedule and stick to it. This will help you build a loyal audience and increase your traffic over time.
News is a term that refers to current events and happenings that are of interest to the public. It can include stories about politics, entertainment, science, technology, and more. The news is typically delivered through various media, including newspapers, television, radio, and the internet.
One of the key purposes of news is to inform the public about events that are happening locally, nationally, and internationally. It is important for people to stay informed about what is going on in the world around them so that they can make informed decisions and participate in their communities. News can also help people understand the causes and effects of events and how they may be impacted by them.
Another purpose of news is to hold those in power accountable for their actions. Journalists investigate and report on stories that uncover wrongdoing or corruption in government, businesses, or other organizations. This can help prevent abuses of power and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
News can also serve as a watchdog for society by highlighting issues that may not otherwise receive attention. For example, investigative journalism can uncover social injustices or environmental problems that may be overlooked by mainstream media. This type of reporting can raise public awareness and encourage action to address these issues.
In addition to providing information and holding those in power accountable, news can also help to shape public opinion. The way in which stories are reported can influence how people think about issues and events. For example, the way in which a news outlet chooses to frame a story can influence whether readers or viewers are sympathetic to a particular viewpoint.
News can also be used as a tool for propaganda. Governments or organizations may use news outlets to spread their own messages or influence public opinion in their favor. This can be done by selectively reporting certain facts or by presenting information in a biased or misleading way.
The role of news has changed dramatically over time with the advent of new technologies. With the rise of the internet, news can now be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. This has led to the proliferation of fake news, where false information is presented as fact. This has created challenges for journalists and readers alike, as it can be difficult to distinguish between real and fake news.
In response to these challenges, many news organizations have implemented fact-checking processes to ensure the accuracy of their reporting. Additionally, many social media platforms have started to take steps to combat fake news by removing false information and promoting credible sources.
Despite these challenges, the importance of news in informing and shaping public opinion remains. The way in which news is reported and consumed may continue to evolve, but its fundamental role in keeping people informed and holding those in power accountable will remain crucial.
In conclusion, news is an essential component of modern society. It serves to inform the public, hold those in power accountable, and shape public opinion. While the way in which news is delivered and consumed may continue to change, its importance in promoting a well-informed and engaged citizenry remains paramount. It is up to journalists, news organizations, and individuals alike to ensure that news continues to serve its vital role in our democracy.
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