‘Euphoria’ confronts viewers with explicit vulnerability

Season two of “Euphoria” was finally released on January 9th after almost two and a half years since their pilot episode. This show gets a lot of attention due to it’s controversial themes and unique delineation of drugs, mental illness, domestic violence, and sexual expression. The show is very explicit but does so in a way that creates true understanding of the gravity of the characters’ situations. The show focuses on the main character Rue, played by Zendaya, and her social and personal struggles in …

Astroworld: A tragedy four years in the making

Far from the days of N.W.A. and Wu-Tang Clan, rap mogul Travis Scott exists in an era of rap music that increasingly strays from its strict, hip-hop roots. Harboring a professed love for indie-folk artist Bon Iver, 1985 cult-classic The Breakfast Club, and frequently fueling his creative process in the studio by throwing up vintage cartoons on a flat screen, it’s the blithe makeup of Scott’s personality, a genuine commitment to being himself, that creates his allure. He’s the certified weirdo, who off his talent …

Don’t be like Kylie: Ditch fast fashion for these pants instead

The state of fashion has always changed for every season, to create the newest most relevant style that everyone is looking for. This quick turnaround was influenced by the catwalk of high end fashion designs from the New York, Paris, London, Milan fashion weeks. Fast Fashion is the process of imitating these designs on a more consumable, lower quality, and cheaper alternative of clothing. While fast fashion caters to the majority of those who can’t afford the name brands of designer clothing, fast fashion has …

Instagram’s ‘unattainable beauty standards’ torment students

In a society where the internet is a large part of daily life, as well as a popular vessel for media consumption, it is important to be wary of how exactly the internet is affecting those who use it. Frances Haugen recently shed a light on the discrepancies between Facebook’s public statements versus how they actually conduct business behind closed doors. Critics are bashing Facebook for choosing profits over morality and overlooking damaging content because it could mean less user interaction, and consequently less income, …

Why California’s climate crisis will only get worse

It is common knowledge nowadays that California is prone to wildfires, and within the last few years fires have been a large concern for many residents. As a consumer or an individual, it may seem as though this problem is out of the hands of the public. However, there is still time to turn things around for California, albeit not much. As of Oct. 13, 2021 there are 11 active fires burning in California as reported by the Cal Fire government website. Although some fires …

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 …