Western fear of aging is getting old

Share: Aging is perhaps one of the most natural things a human being could do, yet as a culture, we vilify and fear aging, unlike any society before us. As these aging filters once again gain popularity on TikTok for people who are distraught looking at themselves with wrinkles, it’s worth analyzing where this fear of aging stems from. The idea that, as you age, you lose value is a uniquely Western belief. Most non-Western cultures view their elders as deserving of a great amount …

The past, present and Futurama of professor Dunbar

Share: Reclining back in his desk chair in the large PCC radio studio, repping PCC in a large red Pasadena City College sweater, professor Geoff Dunbar reflects on his decades of experience in the radio and TV industry, as well as his time here at PCC. Dunbar has been teaching television and radio at PCC for sixteen years now but has been doing audio production and radio for well over 20 years. In the 90s, he created his own recording studio, which got him work …

Family vloggers put a price tag on childhood

Share: Child exploitation takes on a new face now as more parent-managed social media accounts continue to put a price tag on their children’s privacy. Family vlogging accounts have become more popular than ever in the last half a decade, but it brings up ethical questions around monetizing the life of a child too young to consent to their digital footprint. Since the beginning of YouTube, family vlogging channels have been a cornerstone of the internet, for better or for worse, but have only gained …

‘Hunger Games’ prequel relights the franchise flame

Share: Frances Lawrence’s latest addition to “The Hunger Games” franchise is reigniting passion amongst Hunger Games fans, and rightfully so. “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” was released on Nov 17, and since its release, it has received high praise from its fans. In this prequel to “The Hunger Games,” viewers are sent back 64 years before the events of the first book and can finally see Panem in the days before the Hunger Games and only 10 years after the “dark …

Friday the 13th brings bad luck and good deals

Share: Friday the 13th has long been considered an ominous and spooky date, filled with anxieties about bad luck and misfortune. This superstitious paranoia, known as “paraskevidekatriaphobia,”  is deeply rooted in history as old as time. As we approach spooky season, let’s get into the origins of Friday the 13th’s fascinating mix of myths, legends, and cultural beliefs.  One theory traces the fear of this day back to ancient Norse mythology. In Norse folklore, it is believed that 12 gods were having a dinner party …

Free concert series delivers all that jazz

Share: Buzzing with life, students piled together into the west patio of the Center of Arts on Thursday, entranced by the musical stylings of PCC’s jazz and guitar ensemble.  The ensemble is made up of both music majors and non-majors who have a passion for music and performing. These student ensembles give students the opportunity to perform in front of fellow peers on campus grounds every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-1 p.m. “We do these performances as a learning opportunity for the students to perform …

‘The Nun II’ does little to justify why you should answer its prayers

Share: The Nun II is the latest lackluster addition to the now ninth movie in the Conjuring franchise, making it part of the largest and most boring horror movie franchise to date. Continuing on where the first film left off, “The Nun II” is set five years after the events of “The Nun” and follows the life of Sister Irene, now living at a new convent, when she’s asked by the Vatican to investigate a string of demonic murders across Europe. The trail of bodies …

As vampire stories go, ‘Renfield’ kinda sucks

Share: Chris Mckay’s modern day Dracula horror-comedy is one to be remembered, if not for the wonderful talent of the people in front of and behind the camera, then for its lackluster plot.  What began as a wonderfully delightful movie filled with equal parts comedy and drama, ended in a less than satisfying way, leaving the audience wanting more from such a spectacular cast. Nicolas Cage delivers us a Dracula that far exceeded all expectations, a terrifying yet hilarious performance that undoubtedly became one of …

Fentanyl crisis continues as PCC plays catch up

Share: Since 2019, the United States has seen a massive influx in fentanyl overdoses resulting in rapid death rates with over 71,000 people dying from a synthetic opioid-related drug overdose in 2021, leaving questions about what PCC is doing to enforce harm reduction. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl has become popular in the illegal drug market in the last half a decade due to its incredibly high potency and low cost, as well as its heroin-like effect. Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and …