The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: making deals with the Taliban, a new movie from Angelina Jolie, how we use the Internet to make ourselves seem smarter, and more.
On the political spectrum, the panelists discuss POW Bowe Bergdahl and the enduring legal and moral difficulties of Guantanamo. Plus: the Obama administration’s last stab at combating climate change.
On the cultural side: a discussion on Maleficent, Disney’s live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective. The film stars Angelina Jolie in a role whose seductive deviance and maternal tenderness befit the star’s tabloid image. Next, the gabbers turn to Karl Taro Greenfeld’s New York Times op-ed about faking cultural literacy in the age of social media. Have Twitter, Facebook, and the proliferation of “tabs” in our web browsers made us savvier culture consumers or just better at BS? And finally, Jody Rosen, critic-at-large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, discusses the 1909 hit that introduced extramarital sex into pop music—and why the two have been inseparable ever since.
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