Posts tagged ‘Time Magazine’

My Buddy Keegan: Just in ‘Time’

time coverYep, that’s Keegan-Michael Key ’96g, with his Key & Peele co-star Jordan Peele, gracing the cover of Time‘s Ideas Issue, hitting newsstands now.

In the magazine, Key and Peele author a piece on America’s obsession with political correctness and what it means for comedy. It’s brilliant stuff, and like everything Key does, it will probably make you laugh. But it’ll also make you think. When I interviewed Key for our March/April cover story, we had a surprisingly philosophical discussion about comedy. Key blew my mind with his insights into satire, comedic timing, the element of surprise—and why the funniest jokes are almost always the results of intelligent, critical observation. The Time article touches on some of the same ideas, and Key and Peele reveal “the true purpose of humor.” A favorite snippet:

To not make fun of something is, we believe, itself a form of bullying. When a humorist makes the conscious decision to exclude a group from derision, isn’t he or she implying that the members of that group are not capable of self-reflection? Or don’t possess the mental faculties to recognize the nuances of satire? A group that’s excluded never gets the opportunity to join in the greater human conversation.

Check out the full article here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

In the Classroom, a Legacy Unblemished

The choice of headline—”Paterno’s Payback”—seems a bit much, as if seeing his players graduate is somehow a told-you-so moment for Penn State’s former coach. In fact, Joe Paterno’s players have always graduated at a higher rate than most of their major-college peers. A survey released today by the New America Foundation and posted at confirms that hasn’t changed, ranking Penn State No. 1 in its fifth annual Academic Bowl Championship Series of graduation rates among Top 25 teams. The rankings reflect the program’s success in graduating its players within six years, and in particular the team’s graduation rate compared with the University as a whole, as well as the disparity between graduation rates of black and white players—which, at Penn State, is essentially non-existent.

And for what it’s worth: Paterno turns 85 on Dec. 21, two weeks from today, and there’s a grassroots effort brewing online to have 10,000 birthday cards sent to his home as a show of support for the ailing former coach. We’ll be curious to learn just how many cards pile up in the Paterno mailbox in the next couple of weeks.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 7, 2011 at 11:57 am 5 comments

Time to Vote

Time magazine is putting together its sixth annual list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, and a trio of Penn Staters feature prominently among the 200 or so finalists.


Nominated as a team are research scientists Stephan Schuster and Webb Miller, known for their work in gene sequencing (which you can read more about here). Also nominated is Harvard economist Roland Fryer ’01 MA, ’02 PhD Lib, best known for landmark studies on race and education — check this video of his appearance last December on The Colbert Report for a fun but informative explanation.

The coolest part about all this? You can help these guys make the final 100. Time is using reader input to compile its list; click here to vote for Schuster and Webb, and here to vote for Fryer.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


March 31, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

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