Antisemites must not be allowed to co-opt Gaza conversation

Share: As the movement for Palestinian liberation gains popular support around the globe, it becomes ever more imperative to keep that movement focused on peace and not retaliation.  A complaint from the Anti-Defamation League against Berkeley Unified School District made news at the beginning of March, accusing district teachers of building an atmosphere of antisemitic bullying. Last week, the Courier reported on efforts by PCC clubs to support the BDS movement against Israel’s apartheid. In that story, we wrote that the ADL — which opposes …

McDaniel is out at NBC, but corporate media is all-in on killing democracy

Share: NBC News’s decision to sever ties with Ronna McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, might seem like a step towards journalistic integrity, but the truth is that corporate media remains as complicit in MAGA attacks on American democracy as ever. The hiring and sudden firing highlight the inherent tension between journalistic objectivity and the pursuit of profit. In an era marked by intense polarization and heightened political scrutiny, corporate media organizations often find themselves walking a tightrope between serving the public …

It’s time to kill unpaid internships for good

Share: All internships should be a paid internship. Yet somehow, in the year 2024 we are still allowing students or early career professionals to do free labor. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 47% of internships were unpaid in 2022 and Pasadena City College has unpaid internships as listed opportunities for students.  A brief history of the modern American internship can be traced to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 where a loophole in the act provided the opportunity …

The US’s TikTok ban is a sham

Share: After spending the last four years going back and forth on a potential TikTok ban in the US, it would appear the government is actually, and finally, poised to go through with it. This should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention, the right has demonized the popular social media app for years, and now they’ve got democrats agreeing with them too!   Despite trying to use the allure of “protecting Americans’ data and privacy” the US government is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, …

Leave her alone! The internet’s royal obsession must end

Share: The internet has been in shambles ever since they realized the Princess of Wales had not been seen since January of this year. A scandal also took publications Reuters, The Associated Press, and others by storm when they had to retract what Kensington Palace claimed to be the first photo of the princess in months. Now let’s explore why we care about the monarchy and shouldn’t anymore, and why publications were hasty to risk their credibility. It was hard not to become somewhat invested …

BookTok’s smut obsession encourages overconsumption of mediocre literature

Share: BookTok’s infatuation with mediocre writing padded by spicy, sexy romance has resulted in a surge of “fast fashion books” to capitalize on this demand. You’ll find the latest celebrity author obsession or one of those samey flowery, pastel-covered romance novels under the #BookTok shelf. Modern literature has decreased in quality after BookTok began promoting anything with a hint of digestible smut, oversaturating the publishing industry and burying genuinely well-crafted novels with the same spin of fantasy and romance.  BookTok doesn’t hide their love for …

Pump the breaks on Waymo

Share: As California looks to be carbon neutral by 2045, San Francisco has taken another step towards a cleaner future, as Waymo, a driverless robotaxi, has been released onto the Bay Area streets. The decision made by San Francisco city officials has raised concerns on how reliable the autonomous driving cars will be compared to Uber, Lyft or taxis. How will Waymo deal with human error, one of the largest issues we face on a daily basis? Their solution if somebody forgets their phone or …

Aaron Donald’s abrupt retirement wrecks the Rams’ future

Share: On Mar. 15, Aaron Donald shocked both Rams and NFL fans by announcing that he was retiring after only ten seasons. The announcement came after reports stated Donald was likely to play in 2024. The question is: Is it too early? In the Rams’ Super Bowl year in 2021, Donald put up 12.5 sacks in the regular season and added 3.5 sacks during their playoff run. He’s the reason Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow wasn’t able to convert that 4th and 1 play in the …

Character appropriation: Zack Snyder doesn’t respect comics canon

Share: Zack Snyder doesn’t get comic books. It’s by no means a new sentiment, in fact, Snyder has been ripped to shreds time and time again over his views going back as far as when he completely butchered “Watchmen” in 2009. But those transgressions and concepts almost pale in comparison to his most recent statements that lit comic-book fandoms everywhere ablaze. This time around instead of mildly polarizing audiences with his films, Snyder went straight for the jugular and took a critical stance on Batman’s …

Editorial: Angelenos aren’t ready for the Olympics and neither is the city

Share: Despite being years away, the 2028 Olympics loom over the heads of all Angelenos in the greater LA county area. While the prospect of an economic boom looks appealing, the question remains: Can the city be fully prepared for this? The answer is a very eye-opening “no” unless significant change can be spurred in four years. Los Angeles is home to about 3.849 million people as of the 2020 census, but within that colossal figure lies a vast number of people without homes. As …