The new and improved PolicyMic has finally arrived, and it’s beautiful:
If you’ve poked around the site this week, you’ve probably also noticed that the Culture section is now operating under the moniker Arts & Entertainment.
I break down why we changed our name game here:
In the spirit of Prince, or should I say , the Culture section is undergoing a bit of a name makeover. Culture is an intimidatingly broad word – a word that confused readers and writers, alike. To make clear the type of content the section focuses on, we are changing the name to Arts and Entertainment. That said, not much is changing in terms of the topics we cover. The section will still focus on movies, television, music, books, fine arts, and millennial lifestyle topics. Arts and Entertainment is just a truer reflection of the arts focus, the entertainment angles, and the millennial voice we’ve held dear all along.
Read more about what the re-launch means for our section here.
I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, and thoughts about the new section and site. Reach out via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @eleshepp.
Shout Outs of the Week:
Two of our Arts & Entertainment pundits made cameos on Salon this week. Autumn Harbison wrote a thought-provoking piece on Noah Webster’s legacy while Melissa Hugel explored the trouble with Kill Bill and rape revenge movies.
Read Melissa’s piece Kill Bill and Our Troubled Relationship with Rape Revenge Movies and Autumn’s 5 Ways Noah Webster Made the English Language American.
Also, if you're still looking for what movies to check out this weekend, look no further than Julianne Ross’ weekly guide to what to see, skip, and stream.
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Must-Reads of the Week:
David Byrne Understands Why There’s No Room For Young Artists in New York (Dana Ter, @danayter) – David Byrne believes that wealth inequality has drained away New York's creative energy. But young "artsy" types still want to take a bite from the Big Apple.
6 CMJ Artists You Don’t Want to Miss (Kayli Woods) – This massive music “marathon” showcases some of the most promising up-and-coming artists of the year. You have until the 19th to check them out.
Who Said It: Oscar Wilde or the Dowager Countess of Grantham? (Julianne Ross, @JulianneRoss) – How well do you know the Irish author and sassy matriarch? Find out with our quiz, perfect for fans of Wilde, ‘Downton Abbey,’ and inspirational Pinterest boards.
‘The Mindy Project’s’ Harassment Jokes Are Betraying Feminist Fans (Melissa Hugel, @mellyhugs) – Funny or offensive? 'The Mindy Project' is walking a fine line and its feminist supporters are taking note.
Jon Batiste is 26 Years Old, and Taking the Jazz World By Storm (Alexandra Svokos, @asvokos) – Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, are on a mission to bring people together in an unplugged, in-the-moment way.
What ’12 Years a Slave’ Understands About Violence (Elena Sheppard, @eleshepp) – Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' does something with movie violence that our generation has never before seen: it makes it real.
Journalists Asked Daniel Radcliffe About His Gay Sex Scene, His Response is Perfect(Chelsea Hawkins, @cn_hawkins) – The LGBT advocate isn't giving in to those making a fuss about his portrayl of Allen Ginsberg in his latest indie film. Our favorite boy wizard just got cooler.
10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (Katie Kirnan, @katiekirnan) – If you find yourself an unlikely survivor in a zombie apocalypse, you'll want to remember everything you learned from AMC's 'The Walking Dead.' Keep these 10 tips in mind.
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