Sexism in Gaming Communities

Sexism against women is an enduring problem in video game communities, ranging from overly sexualized depictions of women in games to online harassment and threats. In June 2020, over 200 allegations of sexual misconduct were made against people in the gaming industry with many of them being streamers for Twitch, the largest game-streaming platform, asContinue reading “Sexism in Gaming Communities”

How Heatwaves Affect Low-Income Communities

    For the past two weeks, the northern and western United States have been facing an incapacitating heatwave. Temperatures have reached over 100°, and many people do not have access to the appropriate methods of dealing with this extreme heat.  These temperatures disproportionately affect low-income neighborhoods, BIPOC, and the homeless.     The heatwave is murderous. Continue reading “How Heatwaves Affect Low-Income Communities”

The Dilution of Academic Terms in Pop Culture

An Analysis of Social Media’s Role in the Overuse of Certain Words     Normalization, romanticization, gaslighting, toxic, trigger: all of these words have something in common.  You are likely quite familiar with them, as you have likely seen them plastered over social media, being overused and diluted to the point where you are no longerContinue reading “The Dilution of Academic Terms in Pop Culture”

No, mass imprisonment doesn’t actually improve society. in fact, it’s a public health crisis, and it targets POC.

Most of us would expect that removing criminals from a community would result in an overall improvement and better development of the community. However, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that this may not necessarily be the case due to the effects incarceration and imprisonment has on individuals and their communities. 

A Deeper Look Into India’s COVID-19 Crisis

Debate is emerging over the role of wealthy nations in creating an inequitable vaccine rollout, including restrictions on exports of vaccines, raw materials used to make them, and intellectual property held by vaccine companies, and the stockpiling of vaccines, all leading to a shortage of vaccines in developing countries. Globally, around 75% of the vaccines have gone to only 10 countries. In addition to pointing out how unjust this hoarding of vaccines is, people have highlighted how it may prevent the end of the pandemic. Rapid community spread in developing countries without sufficient vaccines can lead to new mutations of the virus that may become resistant to existing vaccines. To see an end to this pandemic there must be global cooperation and accountability for wealthy nations who choose to act selfishly. 

The Rise of Youth Led Media Organizations

POV: It’s a regular day. You’re scrolling through Instagram casually, as most of us do, when a post comes up on your explore page. An infographic from an Instagram account you’ve never seen before, explaining an issue you’ve heard about briefly during lunch with your friends, or from somebody else’s device in a passing fleet. It’s interesting! It really is. You tap the ‘heart’ icon to like it, even going to the extent of saving the post. As a reminder, you tell yourself. 

greenwashing: are companies really being eco-friendly?

Have you ever purchased an item from your favorite store’s ‘eco-collection’? Ever praised shops like H&M for having an environmentally friendly Conscious collection, or saw a click-baity promo message in your email inbox saying they’re ‘going green’?  Greenwashing  /ɡrēn/ˈwäSHiNG Greenwashing is a tactic utilized by businesses in which they create the illusion that their companyContinue reading “greenwashing: are companies really being eco-friendly?”

Earth Day 2021: Origin, Gen Z’s Take, and Future Conservation Efforts

Earth Day Origin and Aims Earth Day takes place on April 22. It is a day intended to inspire people to act to conserve and protect the environment. The 2021 Earth Day theme is “Restore our Earth.” This theme emphasizes the damage humans have inflicted on Earth, and hopes to move them to amend thatContinue reading “Earth Day 2021: Origin, Gen Z’s Take, and Future Conservation Efforts”