Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Though it was released in 1964, and directly confronted the political situation of that time, the political satire of Dr. Strangelove nonetheless remains relevant even decades later. The film serves as a biting satire that showcases the bleak reality of nuclear war, as well as the ridiculousness of the people and institutions that are responsible … Continue reading Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Content is Not King: A Measurement Study of Selected News Websites

During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, the term “fake news” became a significant part of public vernacular and discourse. Fake news, it was posited, was used to spread disinformation and diminish the credibility of established news organizations in order to sow confusion about presidential candidates. In the months that followed the election, Donald Trump used … Continue reading Content is Not King: A Measurement Study of Selected News Websites

Pepe the Frog: A Case Study of the Internet Meme and Its Potential Subversive Power to Challenge Cultural Hegemonies

This thesis examines Internet memes, a unique medium that has the capability to easily and seamlessly transfer ideologies between groups. It argues that these media can potentially enable subcultures to challenge, and possibly overthrow, hegemonic power structures that maintain the dominance of a mainstream culture. I trace the meme from its creation by Matt Furie … Continue reading Pepe the Frog: A Case Study of the Internet Meme and Its Potential Subversive Power to Challenge Cultural Hegemonies

#itsATideAd – the Evolution (and Risk) of Memes in Advertising

The Super Bowl is an enormous cultural event that is way larger and way more significant than just a simple football game. For advertisers, it is an opportunity to reach millions of potential customers within the context of an enormous and influential media event. Each year, countless individuals choose to watch the game "just for … Continue reading #itsATideAd – the Evolution (and Risk) of Memes in Advertising

Y tu mamá también (2001) – Beyond a Roadtrip Comedy

Synopsis After their girlfriends leave for Europe, Tenoch and Julio desperately search for some way to pass the time in their last Summer vacation before college. After just a few days the two teenagers from Mexico City have already grown bored of their lazy lifestyle, and jokingly invite Luisa, the wife of Tenoch’s cousin, to … Continue reading Y tu mamá también (2001) – Beyond a Roadtrip Comedy