Top Five Golf Video Games

Golf is one of the most difficult sports to master, but video game adaptations of the sport are some of the most addicting games one can play. Today, I decided to count down my top five favorite golf video games. So, let’s get to it!

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Podcasts: My New Favorite Platform

Over the course of the last couple of weeks or so, I really discovered podcasts. I was familiar with the concept of podcasts before, but I didn’t ever really listen to or watch any until fairly recently. What I discovered when I did start listening was a platform that mixes entertainment with education in a beautiful way. Listening to a wide array of people discuss an even wider array of issues and topics is both fun and productive. In this sense, I think that podcasting is a truly revolutionary platform. I’d be amiss if I didn’t point out the fact that podcasting has been around for a relatively long time. My counterpoint to that being that the explosion in the popularity of podcasts occurred much more recently and more people are newly discovering them every day. Moving forward, I think podcasting could be the next great platform of entertainment.

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Musician Post Malone appearing on the H3 Podcast

 

 

To me, podcasts have two very valuable and practical applications. The first of such applications is their value as a form of entertainment. The first podcast I ever listened to with any form of regularity was Bruce Prichard’s Something to Wrestle With, which centers on various topics in the world of professional wrestling and features all sorts of stories from Prichard’s time as both a man behind the scene and as an on-screen personality with the WWE. I find such stories to be extremely enjoyable to hear, seeing as how I am a fairly big fan of professional wrestling. Another favorite podcast of mine for entertainment purposes is the H3 Podcast. This podcast features the team of Ethan and Hila Klein interviewing different personalities from various cultural fields such as the internet, music, and a wide variety of other areas. Their quirky, nerdy, and borderline weird personalities make them beyond entertaining to watch. Their interactions with musician Post Malone, who is a close personal friend of theirs, are my favorite segments from their podcast just because those are some very funny and laid-back personalities colliding to create a wholesomely entertaining and hilarious podcast. Purely from an entertainment standpoint, podcasts are a great medium, if done properly.

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Thumbnail image from Ben Shapiro’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience

 

Entertainment value alone does not push podcasting to the forefront of social platforms, however. In my eyes, what pushes them to that next level is their value from an educational standpoint. My favorite podcast to watch with the intention of learning new things about a particular topic is definitely The Joe Rogan Experience. Yes, that Joe Rogan. I’m talking about Joe Rogan, the MMA guy. I’m talking about Joe Rogan, the host of Fear Factor. I’m talking about Joe Rogan, the comedian. Joe Rogan is clearly not the first name most people would conjure up when they think about educational content on the internet. With that being said, Rogan is clearly an extremely intelligent man. He is very articulate and he pairs himself with a wide variety of guests from all sorts of different backgrounds and viewpoints. Some of my personal favorite episodes of his podcast have featured liberal pundit Kyle Kulinski, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Jordan Peterson, and, perhaps most surprisingly, conservative icon Ben Shapiro. Shapiro’s appearance was particularly enjoyable for me for some peculiar reason. I do not agree with hardly anything he has ever said about political issues or most of his personal beliefs about anything. But with that being said, there is something both very important and deceptively interesting about hearing people discuss viewpoints in opposition to your own. Knowing the other side is half of winning any argument. Shapiro is another very intelligent person and hearing him discuss his views certainly has educational value. Podcasts, in ways that very few (if any) other platforms do, allow for the introduction and understanding of oppositional views in non-hostile and truly interesting ways. Podcasts as educational tool have just as much value as podcasts as forms of entertainment do. I look forward to further exploring the world of podcasting and finding more great content on the platform.

Before I sign off on this article, I just want to point out that the words “Mid-American Culture Podcast” have a very nice ring to them. Just throwing that out there. Thanks for reading!

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Cookin’ With Cory: Volume II

Hello everybody! For today’s article, I thought I’d bring back “Cookin’ With Cory” and talk about a recipe I prepared recently that you all are gonna love. So, let’s get started!

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E3 2018 Hopes/Predictions

Some of you may have read my E3 2017 predictions a year ago, before Mid-American Culture existed. I was wrong. However, that doesn’t mean that I could do it again! The Electronic Entertainment Expo is always highly anticipated by the gaming community, It’s a cliche to say so, but it really is. Speculating is always fun, so here’s my hopes/predictions for the 2018 edition! Continue reading “E3 2018 Hopes/Predictions”

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Question: What is the first YouTube video you remember watching?

For me, that video was “The Ultimate Showdown”. This video tells a story. Actually, it tells an epic story. It is story of conflict. It is a story of good vs. evil. But above all else, it is a story of triumph. Until recently, it had been years since I had seen this monumental video. Once I was reminded of its greatness, I immediately knew I had to share it with the Mid-American Culture readers. Given the overall lack of time I have had to craft an article for this week, I deemed it to be the perfect time. So please, enjoy the greatness that is “The Ultimate Showdown.”

I genuinely hope that one day, historians will find this video and use it as evidence of what our then ancient culture was like. Never forget those lost in the great battle.

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A Gem of 1950’s Television

Earlier in the week, I was watching videos of some of the greatest speeches in history, because I am a nerd. However, after a video of Robert F. Kennedy’s announcement and subsequent speech regarding the assassination of MLK (which, if you’re interested in such a thing, is a must-watch speech), I stumbled upon something entirely different. In the list of suggested videos, I was enticed to click on a video titled “Last Witness to President Abraham Lincoln Assassination I’ve Got A Secret”. To my surprise, it was a clip from a 1950’s gameshow called I’ve Got A Secret.

I was immediately hooked. I found the premise of the show, as well as the retro 1950’s television style to be immensely entertaining. The basic premise of the show is that a contestant with some sort of secret or quirk is brought out by the host, and their secret is subsequently told to the host and the audience. Following this revelation, a panel of four people (whom, based on my research, are all relatively famous personalities from that era) ask the guest simple yes or no questions regarding their secret in an attempt to guess what it is. Each panelist is timed, and following the questioning period of each panelist, the contestant is rewarded with $20 until their secret is guessed, or until each panelist has had the opportunity to question them, resulting in a total potential winnings of $80.

The host and panel of I’ve Got A Secret are a huge part of what makes the show so entertaining. During its nearly 15 year lifespan, the show had a number of hosts and panelists. My personal favorite lineup consists of Garry Moore as host, with a panel of Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, and Faye Emerson. Their back and forth banter and witty personalities make for some of the show’s best content. It is worth mentioning that Betsy Palmer is also a fairly entertaining panelist. However, based on what I have seen, a lineup consisting of anyone else is inferior comparted to the one mentioned above. They make for the most entertaining episodes by a long shot.

 

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Cast: Host (standing) Garry Moore, Panel (seated from left to right) Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson

 

 

There are many different aspects of I’ve Got A Secret that make it so entertaining. On the surface, it is a fun game show. The very nature of the guessing game makes it very fun to watch. But beyond that, the show is downright fascinating. It provides a glimpse into American culture from a time before many of us (or even our parents) were alive. Things were so much different in the 1950’s. I’ve Got a Secret is a prime example of both the good and bad of 1950’s culture and society. Much of the fun in the viewing of this show is comparing and contrasting the differences between then and now. For much of the show’s run, its primary sponsor was Winston Cigarettes. Not only is the show littered with Winston advertisements (something that would never fly today), but a carton of Winston cigarettes were given to each contestant in most of the clips I have found. This could absolutely never happen today. As a matter of fact, in one clip, which I was unfortunately unable to find again to put in this article, host Garry Moore gave a carton of Winstons to his guests, who were two small boys who couldn’t have been more than 12 years old. While he did tell them to be sure that they gave them to their dads, could you imagine if a television host today handed two small children cartons of cigarettes? It is small cultural differences like this that make the show so interesting. If you can look past the occasional comment that could be deemed as sexist or inappropriate by today’s standards, the show has great entertainment value.

 

I would highly recommend the show to anyone who thinks they might be interested in this glimpse of 50’s culture. There are literally dozens upon dozens of clips from the show available on YouTube. All you have to do is search “I’ve Got A Secret” and you will be provided with hours of quality content. Just make sure you have plenty of free time before you start watching. I have spent hours watching clips and full episodes of I’ve Got a Secret since I discovered it.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out some of the other articles from me and the rest of the Mid-American Culture staff!

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