KQED Pop

KQED Pop is a daily blog edited by Emmanuel Hapsis that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry. We focus on local, national and international experiences with a Bay Area lens. We don’t do reviews.

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Felicity’s Ben or Noel Conundrum: How The Side You Took Predicted Your Entire Love Life

Felicity’s Ben or Noel Conundrum: How The Side You Took Predicted Your Entire Love Life

| April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

You can like both characters — think they’re both cute, admire their overlapping taste in flannels — but no one likes them both equally. And the one you choose says everything about you.

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Why Do We Only Want To Read About The Future Or The Past?

Why Do We Only Want To Read About The Future Or The Past?

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s so challenging about the present moment that people have a hard time reading fiction set in the now?

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The BuzzFeed Quiz: Flash in the Pan or Force of Change?

The BuzzFeed Quiz: Flash in the Pan or Force of Change?

| April 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

Could BuzzFeed be transforming their time-wasting trend into an educational tool?

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The Burden of Racing to Watch Every Great TV Show

The Burden of Racing to Watch Every Great TV Show

| April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

How a fear of missing out drives us to watch way too much television.

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Why You Should Stop Googling and Start Remembering

Why You Should Stop Googling and Start Remembering

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In an age when much of our memory lives in the cloud or on servers in Mountain View, the use of mind palaces in BBC’s Sherlock reminds us of the power of our brains.

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I Learned Everything I Need To Know From The Muppets

I Learned Everything I Need To Know From The Muppets

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

From having a good work ethic to not accepting someone who’s just not that into you, the Muppets have taught me every life lesson I know.

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When Racist Undertones Make Us Question Our Love of Classic Films

When Racist Undertones Make Us Question Our Love of Classic Films

| March 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

How should we engage with beloved classics that have racist undertones?

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How I Fell in Love While Volunteering at KQED

How I Fell in Love While Volunteering at KQED

| February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

It seemed silly to keep putting things like “must love NPR and Ira Glass” in my online dating profile when I could just go to the source: the KQED studio!

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KQED Seeking Pop Culture Writers!

KQED Seeking Pop Culture Writers!

| February 4, 2014 | 4 Comments

We want you (or your super smart friend)!

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All My Friends Are Moving to Los Angeles

All My Friends Are Moving to Los Angeles

| January 31, 2014 | 7 Comments

Michelle Tea from The Bold Italic gets to the bottom of why everyone is moving to LA.

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