Jason Zinoman's guide to fixing modern horror, the film industry's fight against online piracy, and the debate over antidepressants…

Slate's weekly roundtable.
July 13 2011 11:52 AM

The Culture Gabfest, "Totally Gruesome" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Jason Zinoman's guide to fixing modern horror, the film industry's all-too-familiar approach to online piracy, and the latest debate over antidepressants.

1_123125_2187915_080423_cgf_header

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 147 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, Bill Wyman, and Jason Zinoman by clicking the arrow on the audio player below or  opening this player in another tab:

Don't miss a single episode of the Culture Gabfest. Subscribe to the  free Culturefest podcast in iTunes or directly with  our RSS feed. You can also download this week's episode  here. And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook here:

This podcast is brought to you by Bing. Wondering which summer movie to see? Which summer festival to go to? Which new album to buy? Bing will help you decide. Just click the "entertainment" button on the Bing home page to get the latest on music, movies, TV, and video games. Plus, with Bing's social-search feature, your Facebook friends' "likes" will show up right there on your Bing search results. The Culture Gabfest thanks Bing for its support.


In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Slate contributor Jason Zinoman to discuss Shock Value, Zinoman's new history of the horror film; and his Slateseries on "How to Fix Horror." For their next segment, they are joined by Slate contributor and former NPR arts editor Bill Wyman to discuss how, when it comes to the fight against online privacy, the film industry appears poised to repeat the music industry's mistakes. For their final segment, they discuss the recent high-profile debate over antidepressants—are they more effective than placebos?

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Jason Zinoman's four-part Slate series on "How to Fix Horror."
Zinoman's accompanying "10 Greatest Scenes in the History of Gore" video slide show.
Zinoman's book on the birth of modern horror, Shock Value.
Landmark 1968 horror films Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary's Baby, and Targets.
David Edelstein's influential 2006 New York article on "Torture Porn."
Bill Wyman's Slate article on the movie industry's familiar approach to Internet piracy.
The NYT on the MPAA's new partnership with Internet service providers to fight piracy.
PC Mag's FAQ on how the new approach will work.
Wyman's related Slate essay on what it means to have all music instantly available.
Marcia Angell's New York Review of Books essay "The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?"
Part two of Angell's essay, on "The Illusions of Psychiatry."
Peter Kramer's editorial "In Defense of Antidepressants" in the NYT Sunday Review.
Felix Salmon's response to "The Antidepressant Debate."
Louis Menand's similar exploration of "Can Psychiatry Be a Science?" in The New Yorker.
Alan J. Pakula's 1974 paranoid thriller The Parallax View.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's picks: Depression memoirs Darkness Visibleby William Styron and The Noonday Demonby Andrew Solomon.
Julia's pick: The podcast WTF With Marc Maron. (Here's the recent episode with Amy Poehler).
Steve's pick: The crowds of people standing up against News of the World, including Steve Coogan and Hugh Grant.

Outro: "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker. Our intern is Forrest Wickman.

Follow us on the new Culturefest Twitter feed. And please Like the Culture Gabfeston Facebook.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy

It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

How in the World Did Turkey Just Get 46 Hostages Back From ISIS?

  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 22 2014 6:30 PM What Does It Mean to Be an American? Ted Cruz and Scott Brown think it’s about ideology. It’s really about culture.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 22 2014 5:38 PM Apple Won't Shut Down Beats Music After All (But Will Probably Rename It)
  Life
Outward
Sept. 22 2014 4:45 PM Why Can’t the Census Count Gay Couples Accurately?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 7:43 PM Emma Watson Threatened With Nude Photo Leak for Speaking Out About Women's Equality
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 1:52 PM Tell Us What You Think About Slate Plus Help us improve our new membership program.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 9:17 PM Trent Reznor’s Gone Girl Soundtrack Sounds Like an Eerie, Innovative Success
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 6:27 PM Should We All Be Learning How to Type in Virtual Reality?
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 22 2014 4:34 PM Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.