Culture Gabfest: Facebook and Loneliness, Rupaul's Drag Race, and the Legacy of Dick Clark

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April 25 2012 2:33 PM

The Culture Gabfest, Dangly Bits Edition

Facebook and loneliness, Rupaul's Drag Race, and the legacy of Dick Clark.

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In this week's Gabfest, our critics discuss an Atlantic article that argued Facebook is making us lonely. Also, a conversation with Slate’s June Thomas about her favorite reality TV show: RuPauls’s Drag Race. Plus, Slate’s Jody Rosen on Dick Clark’s legacy. 

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

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s Pick: The Shower Radio.
Julia’s Pick: Emoji and Aziz Ansari’s use of emoji to subtitle a Kanye/Jay-Z song.*
Jody’s Pick: The Web series “The Slope” and “The Odyssey” translated by Robert Fagles.
Stephen’s Pick: Phantogram, Back at the Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith, and Miami and the Siege of Chicago.

Outro: “So Lonely” by the Police.

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Correction, April 26, 2012: This article page originally misspelled Kanye West's first name.

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.

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