Hollywood crew strike spotlights toxic work conditions

Hollywood has long worked under the golden rule in entertainment, the show must go on but at the expense of who and how many? The entertainment industry projects an image that is glitz and glamour but in reality it’s more in line with blood, sweat and tears. The hard work of the many people who comprise the crew for film and television have long been abused under the golden rule but now they are fighting to get rid of it in IATSE solidarity. Social media …

Video games and porn is crippling a generation of young men

Video games have been around for a long time and they are bigger than ever. With the popularity in esports, streaming, and social media, gaming is a new market in the economy. In 2011, psychologist Philip Zimbardo led the case that excessive gaming is bad for social interaction and can be used as a form of escapism. Kids lose interest in sports, music and academics to focus on gaming. While some are successful, many are pitted into this extreme 14- hour day of video games, …

To censor or not to censor, that is the question

Censorship of television and movies is a discussion the American public has been having for over 100 years. Some believe in the freedom of personal expression while others feel as though movies and TV should be regulated in order to protect the public from graphic material. Whatever the circumstances, there is no doubt that the content in most television and film has become increasingly explicit and violent over the years. Since the early 1900s, members of the film industry and lawmakers have been debating about …

Dangerous vaccine misinformation spreads faster than COVID

In an age of extreme socio-political circumstances and unlimited access to the internet, misinformation found online largely contributes to the opinions of the general public. It seems as though many people have a hard time discerning whether or not their source of information is reliable, which has proven to be especially harmful throughout the course of the pandemic. The anti-vax community has argued that the vaccine was developed too quickly and therefore it can’t be safe. However, coronavirus is simply not a new phenomenon. Scientists …

A legacy of destruction: How the US failed Afghanistan

After twenty years of woefully misguided military involvement, President Biden announced the United State’s withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 16. The announcement is extremely bad news for many Afghan citizens, especially those who advocated for human rights under the notion that they would be protected by the US. Now, millions of civilians and allies are in danger and the US has decided to turn its back on the same country it devastated for over two decades. In an interview with TRT World, activist Mahbooba Seraj …

Los Angeles reveals plans to ‘re-fund’ the police after 2020 budget cuts

It was the slaying of George Floyd in 2020 that turned “defund the police” into the rally cry of the summer last year, with protesters fiercely fighting for revisions to police budgets across the country, the very boldest even calling for indefinite abolition. Just a few weeks later in Los Angeles, mayor Eric Garcetti would vow to slash $150 million from the annual police budget, appearing to hear and acknowledge the woes of the public—or so we thought. While some activists viewed Garcetti’s efforts as …

Mask on, Mask off into summer 2021

A survey regarding Covid 19 showed that the true end of the pandemic will be when 70% of Americans of all ages have been vaccinated, according to the 723 epidemiologists that participated in the survey. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 10 expanded the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine’s emergency use authorization to include adolescents ages 12-15, and on May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended that the vaccine be used for this population,” said Kaia Hubbard with the U.S News …

Don’t let Texas whitewash its racist past

Texas is flooded with bills from Republican lawmakers seeking to prevent teachers from teaching an honest and accurate account of the state’s racist past in its schools. One of the proposed bills, House Bill 3979, would prevent teachers from discussing current events with students. Restricting discussions about current events prevents students from understanding how history is relative to current and future events. The bills attempt to downplay its racist past by limiting discussion about how racism has shaped our society, especially politically. The bill also …