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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...

Editorial | Instagram hides likes for profit

Editorial | Instagram hides likes for profit

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

November 21, 2019

Recently, Instagram announced it would begin removing “likes” from posts in the U.S. in an attempt to protect the self-esteem of its users. The change went into effect last week and now, users are still able to see the number of likes on the content they post, but their followers and lurkers can...

Opinion | Keep high school accomplishments on your resume

Opinion | Keep high school accomplishments on your resume

By Ellen Barczak, Senior Columnist

November 21, 2019

I’ve been told since the start of college to remove everything I accomplished in high school from my resume. I decided to keep it, though, and it helped me get a job. The thought behind purging your resume of everything before college bears logic; it’s imperative to update your resume to reflect ...

Opinion | Parents aren’t perfect: Point out parenting flaws

Opinion | Parents aren’t perfect: Point out parenting flaws

By Tara Pavithran, Columnist

November 20, 2019

Last weekend, I went to St. Louis. People kept asking me what I was doing there because, in all honesty, you don’t really go to St. Louis. You kind of just end up there.  My cousin ended up there about a year ago, and it’s driving distance from the University, so we decided to spend the weeke...

Opinion | Don’t measure your self-worth based on external factors

Opinion | Don’t measure your self-worth based on external factors

By Abril Salinas, Columnist

November 20, 2019

If you have been on social media in the last few days, you might have seen that recently, Instagram announced a test to hide likes in the United States. According to CNN, this test is happening because “Instagram has been rethinking how likes contribute to making its platform more toxic.” In ligh...

Opinion | Dr. Phil, reality TV use tragedy as entertainment

Opinion | Dr. Phil, reality TV use tragedy as entertainment

By Maii Rashed, Columnist

November 20, 2019

Reality television shows like Dr. Phil often bring light to serious topics like abuse, marital conflict and misbehavior of children. But the show often lacks the conviction to address the situation. The entire concept of the show is sensationalized, and any hope for a healthy solution is extinguishe...

Opinion | Life was better under Brezhnev

By Joe Dillier, Columnist

November 19, 2019

“Things were better under Brezhnev. Life was easier.” That’s what my host father told me over his birthday dinner one night during my time in St. Petersburg this summer. It was a view I heard from many older Russians. They miss the USSR. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the ...

Opinion | Be mindful when engaging with socially awkward people

Opinion | Be mindful when engaging with socially awkward people

By Rachel Starcevich, Columnist

November 19, 2019

Everyone knows that one person who sits alone at lunch every day and turns bright red every time someone tries to have a conversation with them. Maybe you are that person. I’m here to let you know that it’s OK to be that person.  There are a lot of misconceptions about us socially awkward indi...

Opinion | White House engenders geopolitical catastrophe in Middle East

Opinion | White House engenders geopolitical catastrophe in Middle East

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Senior Columnist

November 19, 2019

During a tumultuous time in which President Donald Trump has received exceedingly bad publicity after the Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry, the president likely determined “bringing the troops back home” could potentially win him favor with colleagues and the public.  This underscores a ...

Opinion | Cancel culture is unjustly criticized

Opinion | Cancel culture is unjustly criticized

By Sandhya Sivakumar, Columnist

November 18, 2019

A common refrain from older generations nowadays seems to be the condemnation of call-out culture — Obama recently expressed such an opinion, resulting in think pieces like “Obama’s Very Boomer View of ‘Cancel Culture.’” Cancel culture has been relentlessly discussed by those doing the ca...

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