The Media Spiral & How It Got Us Here

Picture an elementary-level drawing of a tornado. Anyone with a pen could accurately begin with wide loops or squiggles at the top, decreasing in size until it reaches a slim base. If you’ve ever witnessed tornado footage, or perhaps the way the toilet flushes, you can understand a spiral continuously winds until it reaches a…

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Revenge Porn and Rob Kardashian

One evening around 2009 or 2010, I was piddling around on my Dell Ispiron like any other middle schooler my age. I basically had to teach myself internet safety, often fast-clicking out of phishing websites and discovering the seedier parts of the internet upon accident. A site my friends and I loved at the time…

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We Built Sandcastles

There’s plenty happening on the Carter-Knowles home front. No one knows completely for sure, but it is essentially confirmed that Beyoncé gave birth to her twins very recently. While the birth of the near-royalty twins is exciting news, the media seems to have all eyes on Jay-Z, who recently released his newest album, 4:44. The reviews for the…

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Who’s Worse?

Hatfields and McCoys. Capulets and Montagues. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Throughout history, our society has held dear a good feud. A classic catfight usually consists of two parties, each at odds over words, actions and, more often than not, hearsay. Increasingly, modern media rejoices when celebrities, particularly female ones, throw shade in the direction…

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What If Hannah Baker Had Been a Slut?

The following blog post contains 13 Reasons Why spoilers. Typically I allow hype for streaming series to die down before I divulge into them. And to say there was hype surrounding 13 Reasons Why would be a massive understatement. I honestly couldn’t open an app without some sort of review or spoiler popping up. I never read the novel,…

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The “M” Word

Yesterday I attended an informational session about an internship opportunity abroad. The man orating the meeting was primarily there to urge us all to apply to the selection process for the prestigious internship. But in the hour that I spent in the meeting, I felt I only endured a few moments of information. “You’ll never be professional…

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Mental Health of the Rich and Famous

Last Sunday’s American Music Awards dawned the return of Selena Gomez into the spotlight. After a few months off, Selena’s AMA red carpet appearance was her first since a low-profile stint in rehab. Gomez was reportedly struggling with issues of anxiety related to her performance schedule (among other things). As she dazzled in red, the…

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Are We Desensitized To Fear?

I’m unashamed. I’m not embarrassed. I’m even proud. I love Halloween. For many, October is a month-long celebration of all things oogey and boogey. Culturally, Halloween allows us to enjoy the subversive, spooky side of life without the expectations of normalcy we experience the other 364 days. What other time is Frankenstein slapped on Kit-Kat…

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Snapchat Culture

Returning to my second year at university has welcomed back a year’s worth of traditions. Communal living, shower shoes, deliciously starchy dining hall meals. After living at a quiet house all summer, the youthful atmosphere feels equally right and familiar. Being surrounded by students like myself in age makes campus feel current. Ideas, trends and…

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The Era of the Makeup Celebrity

A roaring crowd of fans. Hundreds in line, head to toe in merchandise, holding products in the hopes of an autograph or waving their iPhones about for a coveted snap of the star. Sounds like a pop star exiting their concert venue, doesn’t it? Or perhaps an Oscar nominee walking the red carpet? Nothing of…

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