pop culture

The headline rundown: Modern popular culture topics in the realm of politics, legislation and activism.

Saint Writesa month ago
When Fashion Makes a Statement... (And Why I Love It!)
In almost every facet of our pop culture today, blunt or not, you can find some sort of social commentary about what's going on in the world. Fashion is no different. Recently, the 13th annual "Fashio...
Paula Macenaa month ago
'This Is America: Women's Edit' Is 'All Lives Matter' in a Nutshell
Self-proclaimed comedian and Canadian white feminist, Nicole Arbour, has already been known for many problematic statements in the past. Over the years of her career, she has won herself a reputation ...
Lem Binge2 months ago
The Most British Day Ever Isn't British at All
"So what is there to be excited about?" I hear you murmur quietly to the friend next to you, nervous that if you get caught saying such things the Queen will have your head on a spike. Last week, we h...
Donald Gray3 months ago
Most Ridiculous Things Melania Trump Has Ever Said
Donald Trump is not new to the world of controversy, fake news and White House media coverage. In fact, his name and face have most likely appeared in practically every daily newspaper, news telecast,...
James Howell4 months ago
Music, Movies, and Video Games
When something bad happens, we often tend to look towards the easiest target. Or as Occam’s razor says, “the simple solution is often the correct one.” We try to blame music, such as Marilyn Manson, O...
Josh Odd4 months ago
Art Analysis from an Art Student
When I reminisce about the years of 2008-2016, I realized that a lot of events happened. Movie stars, writers, artists came and went. I narrowed it down to events in my own life that happened. I gradu...
Joel Eisenberg4 months ago
George Lucas Did Not Rape My Childhood, but His Sith Informed My Politics
Oprah Winfrey killed it on this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The ovation was staggering. Men and women both were crying. She addressed the #MeToo and #ItsTime movements, and minutes later was touted as...
Real Talk4 months ago
Eating Tide Pods
With the wonderful Tide Pod challenge amidst our school system and teens, where is the finger pointed? In the video above, lawmakers are calling for the design to be changed. But why? They claim these pods are appetizing to kids and this is the problem. Is it this really the issue, or is it a political ruse to appease the public? Let's take a look at these pods. Cot'n Wash, Inc. came out with the first liquid laundry pod in 2005. These were called Dropps. So these Dropps became popular as time w...
Joel Eisenberg5 months ago
Op-ed from an Avowed Anti-Trumper: If Those of Us on “The Left” Condone an Artistic Blacklist, Will Nazism Be Next? (Or, Why Conservatism in 2018 Hollywood Is the New “Gay.”)
The provocative headline is only partially clickbait. Softening it for effect or to make myself look better won’t happen. I want this one read, and read hard. I want the word “radioactive” associated ...
'The Playstation Dreamworld' by Alfie Bown
In his last book, The Playstation Dreamworld (Polity, 2017), Alfie Bown is not exclusively addressing video game players—whether full-time or simply occasional players—but everyone. He understands tha...
Is Peter Rabbit a Communist?
Is anyone surprised Armitage Hux does not like rabbits? During a lecture break, I watched the trailer for the new Peter Rabbit. Looking beyond the ridiculous concept, strange plot, exhausting amounts ...
Jody Hopkins5 months ago
Impactful Political Cartoons About Gun Control
There is a mass shooting virtually every few weeks. Hundreds of men, women, and children die because of gun violence, and still we have no solution. And while we sit around waiting for the next mass s...
Isaac Shapiro7 months ago
Is It Iron Man's Fault That Donald Trump Is President?
America has done the unprecedented and elected a man to the highest position of political power who has no government or civil service experience. If you were to go to a doctor to perform some kind of...
Christina St-Jean7 months ago
LeVar vs LaVar: Trump Fans Confusing 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Star Burton with Businessman Ball
There's a galaxy of difference between actor LeVar Burton of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow fame and businessman LaVar Ball. For those of you who might be thinking, "Yeah. And...?"...
Christina St-Jean8 months ago
#WomenBoycottTwitter: Did It Make A Difference, Or Did Women Silence Their Voice?
Anytime people are banding together to fight a common cause for the greater good, I'm intrigued. The #WomenBoycottTwitter movement, which occurred Friday Oct. 13, definitely has me intrigued, but it's...
Christina St-Jean10 months ago
Is It a Threat? Is It a Joke? Scaramucci Says He'll Bring a "Professionally Monogrammed Front Stabbing Knife" for Stephen Colbert
Anthony Scaramucci, aka "The Mooch", aka the White House Communications Director with the shortest lived tenure, seems like he might be going off the rails. In an August 10 tweet, Scaramucci posted, "...
There Is a War in the World of Communist Memes
The socialist presence on Facebook is now well established, especially in the world of memes. Even Vice wrote about it. Sassy Socialist Memes, with its 900,000 likes, is maybe the most well-known of t...
Matthew Kresala year ago
The Lobbyist As Anti-Hero
There's a line in an early episode of Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing where White House chief of staff Leo McGarry (played by the late John Spencer) tells the staff that "There are two things in the worl...