• Nudes Flash: It Could Happen To You
    On the surface, the idea of stealing the naked photos of young female celebrities and releasing them over the Interwebs is so culturally titillating and click-bait-y that the jokes just write themselves. The New York Daily News proclaimed the unveiling of the massive photo hacking scandal as "Bad Nudes for us All!," and called it a "Flesh Mob!"
  • The Few, The Proud, The Uber
    Labor Day around the Mad Blog office offers some much-needed downtime to sit back, sip lemonade, and reflect on how the Internet has eaten our jobs, taken away our free time, and turned our once-powerful nation into a Task Rabbit economy. (But one with lots of cabs.)
  • The Perfect Viral Storm
    You've no doubt heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. With its incredible success and somewhat annoying ubiquity, you'd think it would have kicked the you-know-what by now and been left in the dust by some other, hotter, social media trend. But this ice bucket thing sure has legs.
  • From Shark Week To Snark Week
    At one point on "30 Rock," NBC's show about a fake version of the NBC show "Saturday Night Live," Tracy Jordan, the demented comic played by Tracy Morgan, gives Kenneth -- the hyper-dutiful blue-blazered intern -- some advice. "Live every week like it's Shark Week," Jordan tells his mentee, gravely. That's pretty funny advice, and in any context, Shark Week gets a laugh.
  • Real Housewives: Ladies Who Launch
    As a meta-comment on TV itself, the phrase "jump the shark" is now the age of the average bare-chested contestant on "Survivor." Could it be, therefore, that as an expression, "jump the shark " has perhaps jumped the shark?
  • Viagra In An Age Of Sarcasm
    "This is the age of taking action," says the announcer in the Viagra commercial I caught on TV this week. And really, is there anything more awkward and poignant, more can't-win-for-losing, than showing these winky male actor-types preparing for a little "action" in a Viagra ad?
  • Iron Ladies -- And Women In A Bind
    Ever since the presidential election of 2012, when female voters brought the win home for Barack Obama, Republicans have acknowledged that they might need help on the female sensitivity/language front. (Binders full of women joke goes here.) This week, in preparation for the 2016 election, there was another series of unfortunate incidents concerning language and women.
  • Smut, Drugs, Yachts, And The Death Of The Middle Class: A Light Opera
    A film noir for the digital age: a prostitute (a.k.a. "sex worker") was arrested in connection with the death of a Google executive from a heroin overdose after a late-night assignation on his yacht.
  • The Ephemeral Joy Of Fem-ertainment
    While the oldish gray men of the Supreme Court delivered a decision in favor of Hobby Lobby this week that rattled, enraged and felt stifling to millions of independent grown-up women, by contrast, the current marketing zeitgeist for tween and teen girls is full of you-go-girl messages about building confidence and power.
  • Entrepreneur Barbie Busts Through The Plastic Ceiling
    This week, Mattel, Inc. introduced "Entrepreneur Barbie." And as I gazed at the branded blonde one in her box, arrayed in her tight, happening hot-pink dress, miniature statement necklace, and carrying a tiny plastic pink cell phone and tablet, I decided that she pretty much embodies the built-in contradictions in our culture that women continue to have to navigate.
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