When It Comes to Tech Dystopia, Portlandia Is Better Than Black Mirror

UK series Black Mirror is being lauded as the first show that really tells the truth about our dystopian tech destiny. But the best critique of technology in today's culture is not this science fiction import. For the most scathing commentary on the high-tech world we've designed for ourselves, you have to watch … » 3/20/15 6:30pm 3/20/15 6:30pm

Can Portland Fix a Building That Pretty Much Everyone Despises?

It's basically a Portlandia sketch: What if a city held a rally to save a building in trouble and no one came? As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant structures at a crossroads, and today we're examining Portland, Oregon's very-endangered—yet almost-universally-hated—Portland Building. » 1/31/14 1:40pm 1/31/14 1:40pm

No, I've Never Been Stuck in a Technology Loop Like Portlandia's Fred

[Scrolling through Wikipedia] You know, I never realized there were so many celebrity cameos in Portlandia...ooh Aimee Mann was in one; I haven't heard her in a while [opens Spotify]. Oh an email about dinner tonight! [opens Mail]; that reminds me I need to text Jim the address [reaches for phone, whilst opening… » 2/21/11 4:20am 2/21/11 4:20am