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The Pop Culture Contrarian

Trying to make sense of popular media, internet, and entertainment culture in a world gone insane.

Trying to make sense of popular media, internet, and entertainment culture in a world gone insane. Sterling Henry, Thomas Gallatin, and Andrew Culper watch the movies, read the books, and scroll the internet searching for a shred of decency. Can they find a gem contrary to the swill that permeates modern pop culture today? Tune in to find out.

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PopCon #15: Nostalgia — Don’t Get Fooled Again

What happens when nostalgia is the predominant cultural feeling, taking the place of optimism and hope for the future?

PopCon #14: Is Password Sharing Piracy?

You’ve got to pay to play, but with recent password-sharing crack-downs from Netflix, the question of “where do we draw the line?” arises.

PopCon #13: The Last Gasps of Late-Night Comedy

Amid the ongoing writers’ strike, feeble late-night show hosts have banded together in a podcast to try to salvage some of their relevance.

PopCon #12: Is Hollywood Eliminating the G Rating?

2023 is likely to be one of the few years with no G-rated movie releases.

PopCon #11: Will AI Scabs Replace Hollywood Talent?

With artificial intelligence technology rapidly advancing, do Hollywood writers and actors stand a chance?

PopCon #10: Is ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ Right Wing?

Oliver Anthony has captured the nation with his original song “Rich Men North of Richmond.”

PopCon #9: ‘Barbie’: Brilliant or Brainless?

Is “Barbie” really so cut and dried, as it is easy to assume? You might be surprised.

PopCon #8: The U.S. Government Has Confirmed Aliens Exist?

There’s a lot of talk about UFOs these days. Is this the real thing, or another distraction?

PopCon #7: Oppenheimer, a Hero?

Thomas, Sterling, and Andrew examine the new Christopher Nolan movie for its cultural significance, search for any “woke” themes, and ask the question — was Oppenheimer a hero?

PopCon #6: Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town”

Is Jason Aldean’s new song really a “pro-gun, pro-violence and a ‘modern lynching song,” according to the Leftmedia?

PopCon #5: The Future of Streaming Movies and Television

Explore the current state of Streaming Services online such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+

PopCon #4: Netflix’s Cleopatra

Netflix’s new Cleopatra documentary

PopCon #3: Why Is Our Culture Fixated on the World Wars?

The PopCon team dives in to explore why the World Wars still have such a stronghold on popular imagination.

PopCon #2: Memories of Independence Day

Thomas, Sterling, and Andrew discuss their memories of Independence Day growing up and discuss the movie The Patriot!

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