pop culture http://kmuw.org en Into It: The Strange Life Of Discontinued Breakfast Cereals http://kmuw.org/post/it-strange-life-discontinued-breakfast-cereals-0 <p>The cereal aisle is run by kids. It’s their purchasing power that brings TV shows, movies, and even stranger products together with the barons of breakfast.<br><br>Mr. T cereal debuted in 1984 and was essentially T-shaped captain crunch. But it got a little more cool when it teamed up with <em>Pee Wee’s Big Adventure</em>.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When movies inspire cereals, the commercials sound like trailers. The kids become part of the action and eat like the stars.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:20:15 +0000 Andrew Bales 14026 at http://kmuw.org Into It: The Strange Life Of Discontinued Breakfast Cereals OnWords: That's So Meta http://kmuw.org/post/onwords-thats-so-meta <p>Formerly a prefix, “meta” has now taken on a life of its own, indicating works that are self-consciously self-referential. Ben Zimmer, writing in the Boston Globe in 2012, notes examples in the tech field going as far back as the 1970s.<br> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Lael Ewy 15397 at http://kmuw.org OnWords: That's So Meta