"Eminem fills "MMLP2" with songs and references to his role as a lightning rod for controversy that largely only exists in his, and our, memory. He’s a bad guy, an asshole, a berzerk evil twin, all of which is still true in terms of his general demeanor, but no longer true in terms of his role in American society I don’t know if there’s a single shocking line in all of "MMLP2". Where once we got shots at a recently paralyzed Christopher Reeves and pop darling Britney Spears that had moralists outraged, now we get lyrical shots at a two-year old Fabolous and Ray J feud and, again, a now disgraced Britney Spears. Even his continued use of “faggot”, and the media’s response, feels more like a tired, practiced song and dance than any true controversy.”
At “Millionaire,” one of the biggest challenges as a writer was to continually come up with new material. Every person alive has a small cache of compelling facts tucked away in easy-to-access brain cells marked “Hey, Did You Know …” If your job is to actually write the contents of these thoughts down in digestible language for television, you will most likely deplete your trivia supply in about two weeks. Then you will hit a wall. And that wall will hurt. Because you can’t now just dash off questions like “What color is Big Bird?” (That question doesn’t get viewers itching to reveal the answer to co-workers in the break room the next day. Also, let’s face it, that question stinks.) And you can’t write something that has already been written previously for a show that’s been on the air for years, which frustratingly eliminates a lot.
Statistics showing that black customers steal more “are not really an indication of who’s shoplifting,” he said. “It’s a reflection of who’s getting caught. That’s a reflection of who’s getting watched. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
The entire world has an interest in the South China Sea, but China has nearly 1.4 billion mouths and a growing appetite for nationalism to feed, which is a kind of pressure that no other country can understand. What will happen will happen, whatever the letter of the Asean code of conduct or however the arbitration turns out. Loresto and Yanto, meanwhile, still abide on the Sierra Madre (a grounded ship used by the Philippines to make a claim on Ayungin, in the Spratly Islands), fishing for their subsistence and watching the surf to see what wave the Chinese will choose to ride in on.
‘You’ve got the wrong science-fiction movie,’ one former highly placed U.S. official later told me, when I described what we saw at Subi (Reef, claimed by the Chinese), and what it might mean for the guys on Ayungin. ‘It’s not the Death Star. It’s actually the Borg from ‘Star Trek’: ‘You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.’ ’ The scholar Huang Jing put it another, more organic way. ‘The Chinese expand like a forest, very slowly,’ he said. ‘But once they get there, they never leave.’