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MONOD: On TV, Nerds Find Popularity

MONOD: On TV, Nerds Find Popularity

An austere-sounding announcer speaks over an eerie soundtrack. This is the beginning of nearly every modern political attack ad. Only this time, the target is different.  The announcer says, “Daenerys Targaryen: She says she’s the mother of dragons. But would you trust her with your children?” This is a parody of the[Read More…]

by April 16, 2013 0 comments Opinion
MONOD: Executive Power Lies in Working Congress

MONOD: Executive Power Lies in Working Congress

In a previous edition of this column, I professed my undying love for “The West Wing” and its president, Jed Bartlet. Speaking as a resident of the People’s Republic of Vermont, I wish we had more Democrats like Jed. Bartlet’s example, combined with age-old presidential theory, can be instructive as[Read More…]

by March 28, 2013 0 comments Opinion
MONOD: New Age of Cyber Politics

MONOD: New Age of Cyber Politics

The clock reads 1 a.m. I am sitting at my desk, blearily bathed in the glow of my MacBook. I am not studying for a test, nor am I trying to finish a paper; I am instead binging on Netflix’s new series “House of Cards.” Based off of a BBC[Read More…]

by February 25, 2013 0 comments Opinion
MONOD: Casting Call: The Perfect President

MONOD: Casting Call: The Perfect President

I recently saw a trailer for a new film called “Olympus Has Fallen.” It’s basically “Die Hard,” but in the White House and with Aaron Eckhart as the president. It looks pretty bad. I mean, what would Aaron Eckhart be like as president? For the answer, see “The Dark Knight.” I wouldn’t trust Two-Face[Read More…]

by February 4, 2013 0 comments Opinion
MONOD: Gaming a False Culprit

MONOD: Gaming a False Culprit

My breathing is light as I pursue my target down a dark hallway. He has not seen me yet; I hope he never will. I sneak up behind him and aim my rifle at his head. I fire, and a message appears before me. “75 assault rifle kills,” it says,[Read More…]

by January 15, 2013 0 comments Opinion