A Sicilian nun named Sister Cristina Scuccia has become the fastest growing internet phenomenon of all time after performing on the Italian version of The Voice. Sister Scuccia, who stunned judges with her version of “No One” by Alicia Keys, has racked up over 32 million views on YouTube in just seven days. When asked what brought her to audition on The Voice, Sister Scuccia cheerfully responded, “I have a gift and I am giving it to you. Shouldn’t it be this way?”
NCIS and its sibling NCIS: Los Angeles are the top-rated dramas on television, a distinction they have held for several years. What exactly are so many Americans watching—and rooting for—when they tune in for these TV shows? A closer look reveals that both series are uncomfortably akin to a cheering section for the NSA: The shows depict a world in which terrorists planning mass slaughter are under every bed, in which viewers root for the good-looking, wisecracking agents to smash down doors without warrants; in which super-advanced electronic surveillance is used exclusively to protect the public. In the NCIS version of reality, we’ll all die unless powerful government agencies treat the United States Constitution like a big joke.