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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics weigh in on Creed: the latest installment in the unkillable Rocky franchise. Is it exploitative kitsch or a knockout hit? Next up, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is catching the attention of Marvel superfans and Marvel neophytes alike. What sets it apart from other superhero fare? Finally, the critics discuss a new article in Aeon that asks whether we should regulate the Internet and technology as we would any other addictive substance. Is there something particularly insidious about how recent technology tries to maximize our consumption?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Aisha Harris’ review of Creed in Slate
- Fruitvale Station
- The Wire
- That Awkward Moment
- The Fantastic Four
- The first Rocky movie from 1976
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Ex Machina
- The Wrestler
- David Edelstein’s review of Creed in New York Magazine
- Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix
- Breaking Bad
- The Twilight movies
- Step Up
- Willa Paskin’s Slate piece on the Jessica Jones villain
- Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
- “User Behavior,” the essay on Aeon about whether addictive technology should be regulated
- “You Won’t Finish This Article,” Farhad Manjoo’s analysis of Slate’s readership habits
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