Gordon Brown’s law addiction, what Americans really, really, really want (really?), and how TV is going to save the world whether you watch it or not. These stories and more on the list.
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Hollywood Script Doctor Explains ‘Avatar’
In all the visual splendor of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” it’s easy to overlook the script. In fact, the “Avatar” screenplay has come in for the same abuse Cameron’s “Titanic” script earned.
Ex-CIA Operative Changes Tune on Waterboarding
Well, it’s official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn’t know what he was talking about.
3 Ways Television Makes the World a Better Place
TV hating may seem simple and satisfying, a way to wash our hands of responsibility for things like low literacy rates, laziness, or lack-luster economic performance, but it’s too simplistic. I hear the nation’s obesity rate being blamed on the tube, for example, as if people’s own will power doesn’t factor in. Is it really Hollywood’s fault when someone becomes a couch potato?