OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND: TIKTOK’S LACK OF VISIBILITY FOR BIPOC CREATORS

2020 has been a year in which the world has embraced movements that bring light to the various inequalities and injustices BIPOC communities have been facing for centuries. Social media has always been an outlet for uplifting and recognizing aspiring creators, and with the rise of attention toward movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement has come attention toward the fact that creators of color do not receive the same amount of recognition when releasing content that white creators do. This stems from the undeniable fact that social media platforms employ racial biases when choosing who to feature on their site’s most prominent pages.

Our Detachment from Reality

From a worldwide pandemic to explosions to forest fires and even murder hornets- 2020 has been a pretty rough year. And it’s only October! Many people believe that the tragedies that occurred in 2020 were the product of what is known as the “2020 curse,” a series of freak events that are birthed from extremely bad luck. This notion covers up the true actuality of why so many disastrous occurrences took place in 2020, many were the outcome of several years of background harm all happening to boil over at the same time. Even so, most of the world has been at home in quarantine throughout some part of 2020.

WRITTEN BY: Prerna Kulkarni

Abolishing the Death Penalty in the United States

The death penalty can be carried out at the state or federal level, and the most common method is lethal injection. However, 16 states also authorize “secondary methods,” which include “electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, nitrogen hypoxia, and firing squad.” (“States and Capital Punishment”). By law, the federal government and most states require that the jury votes unanimously in favor of the death penalty, with the exception of Alabama (Mahoney). The Florida supreme court recently issued a ruling that would allow the legislature to rescind that requirement as well (Mahoney).

A Left Wing Who Pushes for Reform = Communist?

A constant fear trots along a major part of the political system in America. The fear of Communism. A fear so large it seemingly consumes the mindsets of right wing parties. Two of Generation Z’s most beloved politicians: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders. Perhaps the most notable similarity between the two is that they are both democratic socialists who push for progressive reform that are labelled as ‘radical’ in the US but are basic rights in many other countries, like Switzerland. Many republicans often try to convince the public that AOC and Sanders are communists, including Trump. It’s no secret that many politicians use their opponents’ political stance to degrade them; right wing politicians from time to time are labelled as fascists, left wings are sometimes labelled as communists. It’s a dog eat dog world. What’s the fear of communism in the States about? Why are liberal left wings often conflated with it?
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BTS: The K-Pop Sensation That Proves Music Transcends Language

If there was ever a doubt that music transcends language – there’s not a chance for that now. Record-breaking Korean pop sensation BTS has not only caused a fracture in the hesitations towards non-Anglicized music, but have completely shattered it altogether, redefining and reimagining what it means to be an entertainer in the modern age. From performing numbers complete with dazzling costumes, show-stopping vocals and perfectly-in-sync choreography, to becoming the first K-pop group to earn a Grammy nod, to showing their infinite love for their devoted fans, it’s no surprise as to why BTS owns the throne.

WRITTEN BY: Fer P

Delhi Farmer Protests

Outrage from 3 central farm legislations have been increasing since September. Farmers in India are full of anger towards their government, as the laws passed will impact them greatly. Since late November and the first few days in December, thousands of farmers have marched to the capital, coming from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. On December 8th, there was a nationwide protest amongst the farmers of India.

The Importance of Avatar: The Last Airbender to Gen Z

Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on February 21, 2005 through July 19, 2008 on Nickelodeon, gaining millions of fans during its run. Many of us in Gen Z can remember watching live episodes or reruns on the TV as young kids. However, to the surprise of many, ATLA experienced a brand new surge of popularity and a whole new wave of Gen Z fans when it premiered on Netflix on May 15th, 2020. It even set an all-time Netflix record by making 61 straight appearances on the Daily Top 10, blowing all the other shows out of the water (Forbes). Especially because of the pandemic, Gen Z came together in a time of boredom to watch the show, either for the first time or the fifth, and fell in love again with the classic, and as many claim “the best animated show of all time.”

Typhoon Vamco Drowns Philippines in Disaster

As of November 2020, The Philippines suffered from Typhoon Vamco’s wrath killing just under 70 Filipino inhabitants, earning the name of the worst natural disaster the country experienced this year. The Philippines has been overcome with mass floods that have left thousands of people without homes, food, and money. This aquatic hell has forced thousands to evacuate to shelters and left the Philippines 25,000 scarce in homes and 9.7 million dollars in debt to infrastructural damage.

Fandom Culture – Today’s Teens Talk

Ever stayed up till 5am reading fanfiction about your favorite book series? Maybe followed cast fan accounts for a show you binged in a month, or created a blog to find internet friends to chat with about your new obsession? Well then, you’ve joined a fandom – a subculture or community of fans that admireContinue reading “Fandom Culture – Today’s Teens Talk”

BOJACK HORSEMAN

Bojack Horseman is a popular adult-animation Netflix original series, and is highly acclaimed by critics and viewers of all ages. In a time where Rick and Morty, Big Mouth, The Simpsons and many other adult humor-centered shows have a loyal fanbase, copycat shows just looking to make big bucks are far from scarce. What makes Bojack Horseman stand out from these copycats, or even the basis of films in the genre, is the authenticity and the educational perspective the creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, approached this project with.

WRITTEN BY: Rachel Gerhardt