Welcome to your mid-week edition of The PopuList, MiddBlog’s bi-weekly feature that offers readers five links around the web which highlight current affairs in pop culture, news, and politics.
“Building a Better Superman” (Hugh Hart, Underwire)
The much anticipated follow-up in the Superman films has found a director in Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen). He divides critics and audience alike with his highly aestheticized movies, but perhaps we should trust in Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception), whom is producing the film. Wired’s Underwire blog identifies what Snyder can bring to the table, and one suggestion sounds especially good: Jon Hamm (Mad Men‘s Don Draper) as Clark Kent himself.
“Hillary Clinton’s world eyes 2016, not vice president” (Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman, POLITICO)
Smith and Haberman note recent rumors about the Secretary of State’s plan to replace Joe Biden in 2012, but takes this hearsay and turns it on its head to suggest she’ll be aiming for the throne: “The renewed buzz around Clinton’s prospects, though, has been driven by the political weaknesses of Obama and Biden. Fanned by a media eager for conflict and fascinated by all things Clinton, the spark for the notion of Clinton’s return to politics comes from her original argument against Obama.”
“Zuckerberg on ‘Biggest Problem in Social Networking'” (Ben Parr, Mashable)
Today, Facebook announced they would be rolling out three new features: profile data portability, a dashboard for application control, and a more collaborative version of Groups featuring group chat. Zuckerberg admitted the challenge of balancing the information sharing and overload: “‘Right now, the world isn’t there yet,’ he said about solving the problem of defining groups in the social graph. ‘It’s not as defined as it needs to be.'”
“Democrats Look to Cultivate Pot Vote in 2012” (Peter Wallsten, WSJ)
The voter turnout in California over Proposition 19, which would legalize small amounts of marijuana, has led Democratic strategists to consider making it the “wedge” social issue in the 2012 elections: “Democratic strategists liken the marijuana effort to the 2004 ballot drives to ban gay marriage in Ohio and 10 other states.” But as my friend Peter “Wren” Huston eloquently states: “Some people don’t like weed.”
“Can Pyongyang pull off smooth succession?” (Peter M. Beck, The Korea Herald)
Beck, an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in Japan, discusses the succession of Kim Jong-il heir apparent: youngest son Kim Jong-un. He predicts that we may see collective rule shared among several high-ranking members after Kim Jong-il’s death, likening it to a North Korean version of China’s “Gang of Four.” Extending the China metaphor: “If there is a North Korean Deng Xiaoping, he will likely have to wait.”
Bonus video after the break: If Jersey Shore was an old Super Nintendo video game…
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