Tag Archives: popular culture

The Dream-Team Of Conflict Resolution TV Shows

Perhaps less terrifying than watching the political campaign on TV, we soon will have the chance to watch another TV treatment of so-called “mediation.” Fox will show “The Mediator with Ice-T, a weekday, half-hour legal series hosted by the veteran rapper and actor, will get a limited four-week run on Fox-owned stations, including stations in New … Continue reading The Dream-Team Of Conflict Resolution TV Shows

A Story of a Good Divorce

I recently wrote a post about the film, Marriage Story, which depicts a somewhat bad divorce.  That story fit into very common negative narratives about bad divorces and divorce lawyers.  Of course, there are bad divorces and divorce lawyers – though probably not as many as suggested in popular culture.  Indeed, to reflect some balance, … Continue reading A Story of a Good Divorce

Somewhere Between Reasonable and Crazy

The very touching Netflix movie, Marriage Story, provides an unusually realistic depiction of divorce dynamics. I particularly appreciate the portrayals of the spouses and their eight year-old son, reflecting the complexity of their conflicts and their ambivalences.  Both spouses are decent people – and both have their foibles.  They struggle with the tension between caring … Continue reading Somewhere Between Reasonable and Crazy

What’s Wrong with Superheroes?

Having recently railed against the popularity of superhero movies, I was struck by the themes in the new animated film, Incredibles 2, a satire of the superhero genre.  One major theme is about people’s problematic desires for superheroes. A speech by the villain summarizes the critique of people’s dependence on superheroes.  She says: “Screenslaver interrupts … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Superheroes?

Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media

Virtually everyone in our field knows about the wonderful book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen.  It focuses on everyday conversations and not just crystalized disputes.  It describes how people can better understand what is (and is not) happening in their interactions, identify erroneous assumptions, … Continue reading Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media