American livestock cultivation is on an unsustainable course that will destroy the planet. Currently, the United States devotes 592,000,000 football fields or the landmass of Alaska, Texas, California, and Arizona combined just to raise livestock. That’s 41% of all its land, and in 2019 alone those animals produced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the weight of 12,540 … [Read more...] about Cash Cows, Golden Geese, and American Livestock Production: The Case for Restraint
The Digital Democracy of Music: Is Artistic Freedom Still Alive?
The music industry is notoriously unfair to artists. It's become a tragic love story: slimy executive meets young, hopeful artist - someone is bound to get hurt. Without direct industry experience, the general public suspects that record labels are greedy and take unfair portions of artist revenues. Over the years, the music industry has attempted to rectify these inequalities … [Read more...] about The Digital Democracy of Music: Is Artistic Freedom Still Alive?
The Triumph of WAP in Destabilizing Cultural Mysogynoir
Within a medium as pervasive as the pop music industry, the designation of a work as a “cultural reset” influences all those who take note of its meaning. A “cultural reset,” as first coined by actress Rose McGowan, is defined as a power shift, a vehicle through which normative culture is examined and questioned (Rennex et al.). The modernity of the term pairs accordingly with … [Read more...] about The Triumph of WAP in Destabilizing Cultural Mysogynoir
Hope Amid Racial/Class Inequalities in The Great Debaters and Parasite
While vastly different in their content and genres, Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters and Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite show the institutionalization of racial and class inequalities, respectively. Through defining moments in the two films, for example, the lynching scene in The Great Debaters (hereafter referred to as TGD) and the “smell” of the Kim family in Parasite, the … [Read more...] about Hope Amid Racial/Class Inequalities in The Great Debaters and Parasite
Technology as Our Savior: Hope in Technology as a Means of Fighting Fake News
One of the most pressing social issues of our time is fake news. Nurtured by the great diffusive strength of the internet and by the easy access modern technology gives to this stream of power, fake news has grabbed a concerningly wide foothold in our society. Fake news appears as a rampaging menace, crashing through any obstacles we have to this point put in its way, its evil … [Read more...] about Technology as Our Savior: Hope in Technology as a Means of Fighting Fake News