In the last several years, it has become increasingly apparent that social media and the rapid proliferation of online communication has had a significant influence on the U.S. political process. Despite the ongoing tendency to refer to the Internet as a "virtual world" that somehow exists wholly separately from the so-called "real world" the fact … Continue reading Facebook – The World’s Largest Communication Lab?
For many people, Hotel Rwanda (2004) is the only way they were first made aware of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The film follows Paul Rusesabagina, house manager of the Hôtel des Milles Collines in Kigali as the Rwandan Genocide took place. The hotel took in thousands of Hutu and Tutsi refugees and provided a safe … Continue reading The Continuing Legacy Hotel Rwanda
A few days ago, I opened my mailbox to find the most terrifying thing ever. My heart sunk before jumping into overdrive as I pulled out the envelope and read the return address - "Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service." Well fuck. It had been addressed to my old Eugene address, which the … Continue reading Information Ownership
I’ve never really considered myself the type to write these kinds of longform think-pieces. However, I’ve recently been grappling with the issues of race, identity, and my own experiences in higher education. And perhaps the longform think-piece is best outlet for me. This is something that is difficult for me to write. For the last … Continue reading “Well what do you mean by that?” – Being Mixed-Race
In the 21st century, human rights have become commonplace and widely accepted. In conversations surrounding the news of the world, human rights may be commonly cited as matters of great concern. Of course, this was not necessarily always the case. We have only reached this point where human rights occupy this space in everyday vernacular … Continue reading Searching for Human Rights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNEpDyBEYjA Recently in class, I mentioned that pornography is a genre that is universally recognized. I said that across the world, in various societies, and all throughout history, pornographic content has been considered the lowest form of low-brow culture, and that it is noteworthy that porn is the one thing that seemingly everyone can agree … Continue reading Film Genre – and Porn
When Steven Spielburg’s 1975 film Jaws broke box office records by generating over $100 million in revenue, the term “blockbuster” entered the public lexicon. Since then, Hollywood has consistently produced films intended to achieve this same benchmark of the blockbuster designation. Since its first use and continued to the modern day, the term “blockbuster” has … Continue reading The Berlin File—De-Westernizing the Korean Blockbuster