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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

The 2016 Election: How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People on Facebook

You want to lose some friends? Just let it all hang out politically on Facebook. Tell us what you REALLY think. We’re dying to hear. We are fast approaching the [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

As we hurtle to the end of the “Downton Abbey” saga, we are treated to a penultimate episode full of surprises, achingly obvious plot developments, plot resolutions, one or two [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

“Brideshead” vs. “Downton”: The Decline of the Anglo-Novella

Before there was “Downton Abbey” there was “Brideshead Revisited,” an epic miniseries about the ups and downs of a fabulously rich aristocratic family living on a massive country estate.  This [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey: A Dream Goes Up in Flames

Downton fans, this will not be the usual comprehensive and insightful recap to which you have become accustomed because I am leaving for warmer climates first thing in the morning [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Watching TV at Work: The Perils of CNBC

Like many people, I split work between office and home.  And like many people, my office recently converted to an “open seating” plan.  There are no individual offices — we [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey: It’s An Open House

Well now we know who was responsible for World War II. The Dowager Countess had the chance to sidetrack Neville Chamberlain’s career before he became the prime minister who let [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey: A Stitch in Time

A show like “Downton Abbey,” which heavily emphasizes the differences between the classes, is bound to be political, but it isn’t always ideological.  Julian Fellowes, a Conservative Peer, really tips [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

The Return of The Situation Comedy

The situation comedy is arguably the most ancient and lucrative genre of television programming.  “I Love Lucy” was the original “Must-See TV” show — and in the decades that followed, [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey: Who Let In The Republican?

Any question that the Democratic National Committee wanted to discourage voters from watching its presidential debates was pretty much settled on Sunday when they scheduled one at 9:00 on Sunday, [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey — The Pigman Goeth

Warning: major spoilers ahead regarding jarred horseradish and fat stock shows . There are two great themes on “Downton Abbey”: gender conflict and the iniquities of the class system.  ”Downton” [...]

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