Category Archive: Featured Contributors

Women in Media are Not Your Sexual Objects

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the celebrity photo hacking scandal. A hacker obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Upton, and several other female celebrities, and… Continue reading

Privilege and Outrage: Why I Care About Ferguson

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Originally posted on Leora Falk:
This is 2014. Photo: Associated Press On the one hand, this should be the shortest post ever: “Because I am human and American,  I care about human rights, our…

When Policing and Mental Illness Collide: The Death of Ezell Ford

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The stark reality of recent years is that The American Dream – a perfect, safe and utterly protected life in suburbia – has been revealed to be a fantasy for most. That citizens… Continue reading

Institutional Dysfunction and The Wire

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(This post contains spoilers! Though really, the show is twelve years old so if you haven’t seen it by now just watch it already.) In 2002, HBO debuted The Wire, an American crime… Continue reading

My Red-Hot Race Moment (Or, “Why South Asians Must, Too, Care About Ferguson”)

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This essay is a repost from Common Grind, an amazing blog written by Anupam Chakravarty. It is presented here as a part of our series on police brutality and race. There’s an awkward… Continue reading

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Changing Journalism For The Better

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Satirical news isn’t a new platform – from SNL’s Weekend Update to The Onion, making fun of current events is a time-old tradition. News plays an important role in American culture, so it… Continue reading

Held Hostage: Immigration Reform

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In 2012, President Barack Obama won reelection with a staggering 71 percent of the Latino vote. But it seems the tides have turned. Janet Murguía – the leader of the National Council of… Continue reading

Dystopian Film Snowpiercer Mirrors Real Life Class Disparities

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There’s been a growing trend in cinema of underclass discontent with elite oligarchies. Many of these films are dystopian, futuristic, and post-apocalyptic. The most well known franchise in the genre is The Hunger… Continue reading

What the Television We Watch Can Tell Us About Our Politics: West Wing versus House of Cards

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In 1999, NBC premiered Aaron Sorkin’s new series The West Wing, a television show that follows the life of fictional President Josiah Bartlet and his staff. It was two years before 9/11, and… Continue reading