Category Archive: Pop Culture

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

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

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

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

What Westeros Can Tell Us About Free Markets

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**Mild spoilers for this week’s episode of Game of Thrones follow.** In case you didn’t know, I’m a giant nerd. So it’s no surprise that I’m totally obsessed with Game of Thrones, the… Continue reading