Video Games and Gender Conditioning

Video Games and Gender Conditioning

[Trigger warning for cissexism]  We, as a culture, like to blame video games for a lot of things. Want to read an informative news article on a recent, violent tragedy? Expect a paragraph on how the perpetrator(s) played a lot of Call Of Duty, or a handful of sentences about how the crime is very … Continue reading

Twitter Tuesday: LOL, My Thesis

Twitter Tuesday: LOL, My Thesis

Anyone who’s had to write a formal academic paper at any point in their life can empathize with the struggle of condensing a 2 to 45 page paper into a single sentence. This gross requirement is called a “thesis”, and the longer you’re in school, the more intense your thesis statements become. Luckily, the Internet … Continue reading

Manufacturing the media

Manufacturing the media

Unless watching C-SPAN is one of your Sunday activities (don’t judge me!), you probably missed an interesting conversation that started last week with Mark Levin’s denial that his new book Liberty and Tyranny was being purchased in bulk by conservative organizations, in part inflating its sales. The controversy has been, predictably, pretty contained in comparison … Continue reading

Elle doesn’t care about “chubby Indian girls”

Elle doesn’t care about “chubby Indian girls”

February 2014 marks the reappearance of Elle‘s annual Women in TV issue, and this year there are four different glossy covers celebrating some of television’s favorite leading ladies. But when the covers were revealed this week, it was immediately pointed out that one cover is completely different from the other three. While Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, … Continue reading

When shares overshadow politics

When shares overshadow politics

If you have a set of Facebook friends anything like mine, you probably see periodic images shared from one particular page – The Other 98%. They’re actually a fully-fledged political organization, which seems particularly focused on using its Facebook page to craft not just a particular set of political messages but a broader political ethos. … Continue reading