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Opinion | Corporate personhood breeds ‘brand Twitter’

Opinion | Corporate personhood breeds ‘brand Twitter’

By Dylan Gray, Columnist

December 5, 2019

In the U.S., corporations are generally afforded many of the same rights as people. While the ethical implications of this are still contentious to this day, it is the law of the land.  However, this debate has remained primarily fixated on the moral, legal and financial effects of this policy. But the...

Opinion | Snapchat is redundant and manipulative

Opinion | Snapchat is redundant and manipulative

By Maii Rashed, Columnist

December 5, 2019

I don’t like talking on Snapchat. Don’t get me wrong — I think social media is just dandy! I love seeing pictures of my friends having a good time, and it's fun to express my support through comments on those pictures. However, I just don’t really like taking pictures of myself. I don’t lik...

Opinion | Cameras establish facts, combat unreliability

Opinion | Cameras establish facts, combat unreliability

By Mark Toledano, Columnist

December 4, 2019

Security cameras have a certain disapproval associated with them. It’s easy to feel unsettled about being perpetually watched, but the reality of cameras is not like the movies. It’s usually not the case that someone is watching the security footage on the other end, looking for every slight transgression....

Opinion | Luke Combs brought back country music

Opinion | Luke Combs brought back country music

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

December 3, 2019

When country music comes to mind, people normally associate the genre with many elements like Nashville, The Grand Ole Opry, trucks, backroads, small-towns, drinking and cowboys. Nowadays, when anyone thinks about country music, the name of rising star Luke Combs is always mentioned. And that’s not...

Opinion | America’s republican experiment is at risk amid polarization

Opinion | America’s republican experiment is at risk amid polarization

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

December 2, 2019

As the Impeachment hearings continue on Capitol Hill, it doesn’t take a keen eye to notice the deep partisanship plaguing the nation.  There’s little reason to follow the hearings, something that should be of utmost importance in our republic; regardless of what happens, the Democrats are going to pu...

Opinion | ‘OK, boomer’ is an OK trend

Opinion | ‘OK, boomer’ is an OK trend

By Clint Dozier, Columnist

December 2, 2019

Recently, a tsunami of new memes has flooded feeds of social media. I’m talking about the ones with the newly popularized retort, “OK, boomer.” Since its rise in popularity and subsequent appearance in every part of the internet, “OK, boomer” has caused an explosion of online discussion reg...

Opinion | Protection of free speech must remain resolute

Opinion | Protection of free speech must remain resolute

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Senior Columnist

December 1, 2019

It has been said that “principles only mean something when you stick by them when they are inconvenient.” It’s true. People often make exceptions for themselves, leaving massive inconsistencies in assessing their adherence to their principles. The most famous right enshrined in the U.S. Constitut...

Opinion | Consider personal side of data collection | II

Opinion | Consider personal side of data collection | II

By Yutong Zhao, Columnist

November 28, 2019

Last week, I wrote about the current regulations in data usage and privacy. I argued they are not comprehensive enough to guarantee users’ positive rights to their data. For this week, I want to focus on explaining what results in the threats on our data privacy and why should we care about it. Fir...

Opinion | White House engenders geopolitical catastrophe

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Senior Columnist

November 26, 2019

Hit by a barrage of bipartisan criticism on his administration’s foreign policy, President Trump’s ineptitude in his handling of Syria was underscored by his response.  Mixed signals from the president followed the initial announcement and its backlash. His ego prevents him from admitting wro...

Opinion | Erasing cultural past from television misrepresents history

Opinion | Erasing cultural past from television misrepresents history

By Alice Lee, Columnist

November 25, 2019

An entire generation of people has grown up with the entertainment and stories created by Walt Disney and his company. Encouraging imagination and creativity, Disney is credited as the pinnacle of many childhoods.  In its 96-year history, Disney has survived through a variety of different eras and dep...

Opinion | Fred Rogers’ legacy lives on

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

November 22, 2019

Since the birth of our great nation 243 years ago, countless Americans have not only made an impact on the world but left a legacy for generations of people to come. President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery after a bloody civil war. Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright created the world’s first air...

Opinion | Katsuhiro Otomo’s ‘Akira’ predicted 2019

Opinion | Katsuhiro Otomo’s ‘Akira’ predicted 2019

By Dylan Gray, Columnist

November 21, 2019

With 2019 coming to a close, I rewatched one of my favorite movies, a film that takes place in the current year in spite of its release in 1988. The film I am referring to is Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic “Akira.” The movie, which was based on Otomo’s writings from 1982, not only took place in 20...

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