Vanessa Richmond

The Olympics and Its Stars Pimp for Junk Food

Maybe you thought that junk food and soft drinks would take a hike during the Olympics, the world’s largest celebration of bodies at the peak of health and fitness. But if you thought that, you’d be wrong. McDonald’s and Coca Cola are almost as ubiquitous as the five rings up here in Vancouver. 

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Vancouver's Games Will Be the Gayest Olympics Ever

The Olympics are coming out of the closet. These Games will have the first-ever Pride House. Two of them, actually: one opened yesterday in Whistler in a cocktail lounge, and the other will open in the heart of Vancouver's West End on Thursday.

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TV Is Not Dead: 3 Ways Television Makes the World a Better Place

We keep hearing that TV is dead. That the Internets, mobile devices and new fandangled e-readers are changing the way everyone watches the tube, and that fewer people are tuning in. It’s just not true.Over 90% of the TV watched in 2010 will still be via “traditional broadcast,” and last year, Americans watched more TV than ever before in history (four hours and 41 minutes per person per day).

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Why Does the World's Most Popular TV Show Feature a Misanthrope Who Gets Away with Everything?

Gregory House is a cantankerous, antisocial misfit riddled with imperfections – physical and otherwise – who is nonetheless successful and loved. Wouldn’t you like to be able to get away with that?

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Why Can't We Look Away From Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin is a liar who is unfit for public office. This is generally accepted. And yet, she’s getting more attention than people who are honest, sane and actually holding office, and also more than people, even celebrities, who are arguably insane and vapid. Media and audiences clearly can’t take their eyes and ears off her, much as they might want to.

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10 TV Shows You Have to Watch to Understand the World

When we need a break from the tyranny of reality -- from the forces of injustice and political extremism, Wall Street baddies and corrupt politicians -- there's the sweet escapism only 22 or 42 minutes of scripted life can provide.

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4 TV Series That Should Not Be Missed

The following is the second article in a three-part AlterNet series appearing on Fridays on television and culture by Vanessa Richmond.

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There's Another Way to Dress Up for Halloween Instead of Slutty Nurse Outfits

Halloween is getting scarier. It's starting to rival Christmas in toxicity without so much as a "boo." It's the costumes, mostly. And somehow, along with going less green, they've also become more boring.

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Michael Moore Was Right: Progressives Don't Watch Enough TV

The following is the first article in a three-part AlterNet series appearing on Fridays on television and culture by Vanessa Richmond.

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Do You Use the Dirty C*** Word?

The c-word is enjoying a rebirth. Doubly appropriate, given one of its main functions.

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