- Millennials Continue Urbanization Of America, Leaving Small Towns : NPRTags: clips 2014 millennial ozy npr c-select
- Flat-Earthers are back: 'It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion' | Science | The GuardianTags: clips the guardian 2016 religion science facts c-select
- What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty in Pink”"Caroline’s lovers may treat her as a joke. Butler doesn’t. He sees that she’s letting herself be a disposable part of these men’s lives. Some interpretations suggest she has a bit of delusion that this is more meaningful, saying “I love you” and “too much.” But Butler sees beauty here as well." Tags: clips popdose 2017 reviews music c-select
- Popdose Alt-Christmas Film Festival: Actually a Good Love Story (or Eight)"The same country that taught us all to persevere when its soldiers are being sent to die in miserable World War I trenches or its cities are being randomly bombed in World War II can show that same remarkable national spirit over trivial things like Boxing Day soccer games and talk shows that adeptly mix the urbane and inane." Tags: clips popdose 2016 reviews movies c-select
- Book review: Taking on TBN and spiritual voids"So the question we have to ask here: Is this sort of faith harmless? Even helpful? If, as Crash Davis said, we’re winning because we’re getting laid or not getting laid or buying some sort of trinket from a TBN preacher, then is that victory worthwhile?" Tags: clips popdose 2016 reviews books religion c-select
- WTSTM: The Sounds, Bill Bruford and creativity’s curse"To be creative is to open a door for rejection. Failure. Criticism. Maybe all at the same time. Little wonder so many creative people are either self-medicated or psych-medicated." Tags: clips popdose 2016 reviews books music creativity c-select
- A Music Major Confesses: I Love Rock and Roll"It’s primal-scream therapy. That’s rock and roll. Through alienation and celebration, rock and roll lets us know we’re not alone. It sympathetically voices our frustrations. It amplifies our joy. And it’s a legitimate art form." Tags: clips popdose 2015 music personal c-select
Projects and indexes
- Master’s thesis: The Changing Face of News in the Information Age
- Blog: Mostly Modern Media
- My work at Popdose
- Culture writing: 2008-2015
- To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers … - I’m not going to lie. I grew up with a backwards attitude. Yeah, Athens is a college town, but it’s still in Georgia. At both my rough-and-tumble public school and my vaguely […]
- What next for Rapinoe protest? - Not another 1,000-word essay, but too complicated for 140 characters on Twitter … The Spirit game this weekend at Seattle will surely be interesting. But I think all eyes are going to […]
- “Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of Duke lacrosse - Don’t stereotype. Don’t rush to judgment. Those are the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case from 10 years ago. And to my pleasant surprise, the documentary Fantastic Lies covered those lessons pretty well. Source: “Fantastic […]
- Did I waste my college opportunity? - I actually wound up not going to my Duke reunion, for reasons that had nothing to do with this piece in which I question how I spent my time in college and which classes […]
- Flat-Earthers are back - Oh, this was entertaining. I’ve spent years being hounded by soccer people who refuse to listen to any evidence they don’t like. That got me wondering about the Flat Earth movement, which […]
Growing up, I found music more interesting than sports.
I devoured every issue of Rolling Stone and Musician in between sessions at the piano or on my guitar. My classic rock sensibilities followed me through my classical music studies as a music (and philosophy) major at Duke, where I interviewed guitar legend Richard Thompson (page 18) and a host of jazz luminaries (page 3 — and yes, Clint Eastwood was there). I wrote about my percussionist days, and I still harbor dreams of being a bass player in a semi-progressive rock band.
I’ve also had some brutally honest reflections on my occupation, journalism, starting in 2000 with my grad-school project, The Changing Face of News in the Information Age. I warned of journalists sacrificing accuracy and context to be “first” with the news, and I worried that readers would personalize their information to the point of ignoring everything that doesn’t fit their world view. I hate being right.
And I’m not just a sports-and-rock guy pontificating about journalism. I spent much of my career on news desks. At Duke, I covered the sentencing of the “bogus baron” and wrote opinion pieces on letter grades and academicese. At Ozy, a couple of decades later, I wrote about Millennials spurning small towns in a piece that was picked up at NPR.
But the biggest non-sports piece I’ve ever written was a Guardian piece on the revival of Flat Earth theory. Written in 2016, not 1716.