Author Archives: Telly Davidson

Our Lazy, Decadent, Clickbait-Addled Media Industry

The real scandal isn’t Kevin Williamson’s firing, it’s the market that made him.

Roseanne Really is Deplorable

Ignored by TV culture for over 20 years, the return of the repressed was inevitable in Trump era.

Giving Up the Ghost of Objective Journalism

‘Fair and balanced’ was a mid-20th century marketing tool and really, a confabulation of the times.

The Millennial Magic of Greta Gerwig and ‘Lady Bird’

Her entry in this year’s hotly contested Oscar race is helping to define and symbolize a generation.

Monica’s Lingering Legacy

The scandal that gave us today’s obsession with sex and power turns 20.

Feminists Loved How Clinton ‘Sexualized’ the White House

A Democrat blind spot coming into focus amid today’s sex scandals.

Happy Birthday, Hillary

Now go away — says the young, hard Left.

Hugh Hefner, a Man Among ‘Mad Men’ (1926-2017)

He and Playboy bridged gray-flanneled rebellion and sexual revolution.

The New Republic’s Super Buzzy, Lefty Upgrade

103-year-old magazine today is a repudiation of its stuffy, neo-liberal past.

Calif. Legislator Gets Death Threats for Stopping Single-Payer

Left wing of party comes out swinging as ‘Resistance’ delivered blow.

Boomer and Silent-Gen Fathers Sometimes Fell Short

Father’s Day not a celebration for everyone

Twin Peaks and the Rise of ‘Peak TV’

Perhaps no other regularly scheduled show in TV history which ran for as few episodes or for as short a time would have as much of an influence on American pop culture.

How Roger Ailes Remade Our Reality

He identified a market that wasn’t being served—indeed, one that was being almost aggressively ignored—and catered to its every want.

Psychoanalyzing the President

Trump is hardly the first to face speculations of mental illness.

The First Reality-Show Presidency

It began a quarter-century ago.