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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KQED Seeking Pop Culture Writers!

KQED Seeking Pop Culture Writers!

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are you America’s Next Top Pop Culture Writer?

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What’s the Point of Album Intro Songs?

What’s the Point of Album Intro Songs?

| May 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Why do so many albums have a frustrating tease at the beginning? This is not a seventh grade history paper!

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A Local’s Guide to the Perfect Day in San Francisco

A Local’s Guide to the Perfect Day in San Francisco

| May 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

Imagine it’s your last day in San Francisco. How would you spend it?

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What Effect Does Princess Culture Have On Young Boys?

What Effect Does Princess Culture Have On Young Boys?

| May 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

If all of these average men in movies can land a rich, powerful, beautiful woman with little to no effort, young boys can expect the same, right?

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24 is Back, But Are We Grasping for Something We’ll Never Get Again?

24 is Back, But Are We Grasping for Something We’ll Never Get Again?

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

How nostalgia and a demand for TV show comebacks and film sequels are damaging the original image of our favorite stories and characters.

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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 | 4 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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