New Jersey’s governor and same-sex marriage: Shall we let the voters decide?

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of the forthcoming book Gay Rights at the Ballot Box In a recent article in The New York Times, “Christie Wants Voters to Decide on Gay Marriage,” New Jersey governor Chris Christie warned that he would veto a bill to legalize … More New Jersey’s governor and same-sex marriage: Shall we let the voters decide?

George Lipsitz: Why Johnny Otis’s death hits so hard.

BY GEORGE LIPSITZProfessor of black studies and sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara I knew something was wrong the second I answered the telephone and heard Tom Reed’s voice. Although it has been decades since Tom ruled the airwaves in Los Angeles as the city’s most popular disc jockey — as “The Master … More George Lipsitz: Why Johnny Otis’s death hits so hard.

What happens when churches support anti-gay ballot measures?

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of the forthcoming book Gay Rights at the Ballot Box According to the recent Minnesota Star Tribune article “Priests Told Not to Voice Dissent” (January 15, 2012), archibishop John Nienstedt is attempting to mandate the Catholic Church’s support of the Minnesota … More What happens when churches support anti-gay ballot measures?

"Reality is alright, it’s just messy and weird": An interview with Ian Bogost on videogames, social awareness, and the future of gaming

“Will innocents be caught in the cross-fire? Oh, yes. But when your secret weapon is a random act of kindness, it’s only cruel to be kind to other players….” Cruel 2 B Kind is an experimental game by Ian Bogost and Jane McGonigal. Here, Bogost, author of How to Do Things With Videogames, answers questions … More "Reality is alright, it’s just messy and weird": An interview with Ian Bogost on videogames, social awareness, and the future of gaming

Before we had the Kardashians, even before we had The Real World, we had PBS’s An American Family — the original "reality" series.

The real Loud family (right) meets HBO’s Loud family. HBO’s triple-Golden-Globe-nominated Cinema Verite takes a look behind the scenes of the filming of America’s first reality TV family. Photo from http://blog.zap2it.com. Before 1973, the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California, lived in the privacy of their own home. With the airing of the documentary An … More Before we had the Kardashians, even before we had The Real World, we had PBS’s An American Family — the original "reality" series.