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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know that Apple just introduced the world to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. While on the surface there’s nothing inherently wrong with the products, they do connect to a much larger issue within society: planned obsolescence.
Last Thursday, 10 Democratic hopefuls took to the stage and made their cases to win the party’s nomination. But were their efforts actually constructive to Americans in deciding the best candidate?
Before I moved to make any decision in life, my brain was wired to first analyze what would people think if I did X, Y and Z. I’d let this concept of “what will people say” hold me hostage for most of my life and to this day, I work toward unlearning that.
In 2018, Donald Glover's Emmy-winning TV series “Atlanta” hosted a special soliloquy by the philosophically tinged character Darius. A woman dizzy after a night of partying asked Darius against the backdrop of a glimmering pool, so only their silhouettes show. She asked: "Is this real?" Darius said no.
It’s no great shock that there are bots on the internet. What many don’t realize is how much they influence how we interact with the web and its many facets.
When I asked my mother what she remembered from Sept. 11, 2001, she tried not to swallow her words. Her tone changed, and even over the phone, I knew this was a difficult day to remember.
It happened — the suicide of sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein was turned into a conspiracy thread on Twitter faster than you could even spell the word “conspiracy.” From “Prince Andrew did it” to the Clintons, Twitter had a field day.
What do incels, white supremacists and mass murderers mostly have in common — besides being entitled — you may ask? Well, there’s this: they use the internet as a personal diary detailing all of their very horrifying and disgusting opinions, wishes and desires.
In the spirit of summer, my Instagram timeline has been filled with pictures of people lounging by the pool or on the beach, traveling around exciting and exotic locations all over the world and dining on what seemed like delectable food.
From the Oedipus complex to formations of ego and id, Sigmund Freud’s groundbreaking work was foundational to the field of psychoanalysis. Though often disputed and in some cases delegitimized, many aspects of his theory still pervade our lingo and understanding of each other. One of Freud’s more popular theories was psychological projection, roughly defined as defending one’s self against unconscious impulses by ascribing them to others while denying them in yourself.
A decade is defined by its popular culture at the time. The 1980s were musically defined by artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. But there are hidden gems, events and forces in every decade that many don’t know about. People overlooked and still don’t fully realize the massive impact of one of the most influential albums of the decade, which came near the end: Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet.”
The Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, Department of Women and Gender Studies and Rutgers School of Communication and Information came together to host a phenomenal event last night at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Renowned author and scholar Sarah Banet-Weiser discussed her latest book, “Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny.”
Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) hosts one of the most acclaimed events in pop culture: the Met Gala. In an effort to commemorate the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, the banquet takes place in the museum itself. Musical luminaries and Hollywood big-names are invited to participate in an evening in which they can show off their unique style while donating money in support of art.
Growing up nearby in Franklin Township, I’ve been around Rutgers all my life. Of course I attended a football game here or there, and like any kid living close enough, have a few Rutgers t-shirts that mysteriously appeared in my closet by way of giveaways and community outreach from the University. My understanding of Rutgers was vague in many ways, but there was an event that I would continually hear about: Caribbean Day.
The monoculture is dead, or maybe it never even existed. Of course, I'm referring to the perception that even though we are all individuals, we all experience the same culture. This system is of a bygone era, before the internet created the niches we all live in. Back when television had three channels, when the radio was the best way to listen to music, when movies sold out — not only for the Avengers — and everyone seemed to be on the same page.
With more shows on television than any other point in history, it can be hard to decipher the good from the bad. An ever-growing number of streaming platforms featuring premium shows, when combined with cable networks, makes for a crowded TV schedule. To help catch up, here’s a breakdown of some notable new shows and returns for the binger in us all.
The Muslim Feminists for the Arts hosted an Artist Career Panel on Tuesday, April 16 at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center on Douglass campus. The event included a guest panel of three Muslim artists that taught the attendees various skills from how to make your own web-series to the basics of Arabic calligraphy. When I walked into the room, I felt a candid and amicable atmosphere wash over me. People laughing, talking and encouraging each other to eat made me feel welcomed.
YouTube sensation Lilly Singh recently revealed that she will be taking Carson Daly’s slot on the NBC late-night lineup with her own show, “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” Since the beginning of her entertainment career, Singh fell in love with YouTube, since it's a diverse platform and creative space where anyone can produce content.
The 2020 presidential election is in full swing. President Donald J. Trump has ramped up his attacks on minorities, and socialism, while scrambling to devise a campaign message around immigration and a healthy economy. Democrats, meanwhile, are making the rounds attempting to develop a fundraising base before primaries begin. The media coverage centered around the primary candidates would make an onlooker believe Election Day was in one month — when the Iowa caucus is not until February 2020.
Every year, there’s a song that just seems to encapsulate the cultural moment so well that it almost feels scripted, too good to be true. Last year Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” inhabited that space, in large part due to its provocative, spellbinding video. With too many interpretations to count, the themes present in the cryptic, meticulous short film propelled the fairly simple song to both Record and Song of the Year honors at the Grammy Awards this past February. This year, the song that has most closely followed the pattern of incessant criticism and evaluation has been Lil Nas X’s newly crowned Billboard No. 1 hit “Old Town Road.”