If you were told an industry is directly contributing to an increase in teenage eating disorders or suicide, what would your response be? Perhaps you would feel outrage, or simply confusion over how an industry could've been allowed to have that effect on teens in the first place. Maybe you would wonder, more specifically, how … Continue reading Why Does Tech Exceptionalism Exist?
Category: Policy issues
See Your Data, See Your Thoughts
It doesn’t sound very foreign to our generation to describe the following, but may have seemed as a repulsive invasion of privacy to prior generations. You finish your work for the weekend, open Safari on your iPhone, and search for film reviews before heading to the movies with friends. You click on a link to … Continue reading See Your Data, See Your Thoughts
When War Movies Come to Life
Most Americans are familiar with the fanfare of Fourth of July: the sudden burst of patriotism, digging dusty flags out of boxes from the basement and digging through drawers for that one good red shirt. Most Americans are much less patriotic on September 28th. But in India, September 28th marks a unique day of national … Continue reading When War Movies Come to Life
The television show Girl Boss debuted on Netflix in 2017, depicting the life of Sophia Amuroso, female founder and CEO of the company Nastygal. The show was considered a flop, with only a 32% on rotten tomatoes, and was canceled after one season. Despite the lack of success of the show, the term ‘girlboss’ has … Continue reading Girlboss.
The Final Rose of Feminism
The Bachelor is one of the longest-running reality tv shows, spanning a total of 26 seasons, and has gained an impressive cult following (The fandom calling themselves “Bachelor Nation”) in the nearly two decades it has been airing. For those not familiar, the show follows a man, "The Bachelor," in his pursuit of finding love … Continue reading The Final Rose of Feminism
On Being Real
🚨You’ve received a notification: “It’s time to BeReal!”🚨 What does this mean, you may ask? Well, “BeReal” is a new “anti-social media” social media platform that has recently gained popularity amongst college kids. The app sends all users a daily alert at different times each day that it’s “time to BeReal!” In other words, it’s … Continue reading On Being Real
Dating is Hard: A Different Kind of Illness
“I matched with this guy, but…” “But what?” “He said he thinks Asian girls are cute.” Dating can be hard, but personally, dating apps scare me because I am afraid of the way men will perceive me (as a cis-heterosexual female). But there are countless different versions of this conversation among my East Asian girlfriends … Continue reading Dating is Hard: A Different Kind of Illness
Social Media and the Normalization of Hustle Culture
The term “hustle culture” often reminds our generation of the ironically motivational social media content from which it originates. A mass amount of cloned Instagram accounts regurgitate the same Elon Musk quotes about working 100 hour work weeks to start his businesses, all hoping to convince their audience that hard work will give them all … Continue reading Social Media and the Normalization of Hustle Culture
Outward Representation: More Harm than Help?
A Vegas-style yacht bachelor party. The disapproving potential mother-in-law. A white mansion with luxury cars rolling up to the door with just enough time for stylish, designer-clothing clad couples to step out before the private valet takes over. While the images above could describe a variety of flashy rom-coms, the buzz around "Crazy Rich Asians" … Continue reading Outward Representation: More Harm than Help?
Where are all of the diverse dancers?
Because of the European origins of classical ballet, and a lack of strong initiatives for change, it seems the answer is "nowhere to be found." Dancers in the Pacific Northwest Ballet performing, photographed by Angela Sterling Most major corporations in the United States have diversity initiatives. Upholding a diverse student body is essential for top … Continue reading Where are all of the diverse dancers?
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