November 18, 2018

History has a way of repeating itself.

The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, coupled with the latest increase in anti-Semitism, bears a cold resemblance to the tumultuous climate in the United States prior to World War II. In 1941, the United States...

December 5, 2017

The Hollywood studios that cultivated the golden age of movies almost never got off the ground. Blame Thomas Edison. The great inventor fought to secure royalties from anyone using a film projector, which ultimately crushed many exhibitors. But one industry pioneer fou...

October 23, 2017

THE GERMANS TRIED to destabilize the United States government in the 1930s, and founded groups like Friends of New Germany (FNG) and the Silver Shirts to sow internal discord. But a counterintelligence ring in Los Angeles infiltrated these groups and helped bring them...

November 3, 2016

When looking at the current state of politics in the United States today, one is likely to fall into a state of anxiety. With national leaders and political pundits resorting to finger-pointing and apocalyptic rhetoric, we can learn a great deal from the strong and sto...

March 31, 2016

Believe it or not, there was a time when film critics did not push contentious cynicism onto their readers. During the Golden Age of Hollywood, there were many critics who sought to simply inform their readers about a given film. Examples include Bosley Crowther at the...

November 9, 2015

During the early Depression years, Warner Bros. was off to a good start, coasting on the popularity of their innovative sound films, though the financial crisis would eventually hit them too. While cashing in on gangster films and musicals, the studio did not do many W...

October 27, 2015

This book showcases how the Warner Bros. studio used edgy, stylistic, and brutally honest films to construct a view of America from 1927-1941. Each film represents how the studio either reflected or constructed a perspective of American culture during this period. Harr...

October 27, 2015

In Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), cultural critic Neil Postman wrote, “Our languages are our media. Our media are our metaphors. Our metaphors create the content of our culture.” The nature of both viewers and creators of media content is the subject of what may be...

October 22, 2015

 This article originally appeared in December of 2013

Was Hollywood working with Hitler? Based on decades of research from many historians, the consensus is no. However, Harvard University’s junior fellow Ben Urwand claims otherwise in the already infamous book titled T...

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