The Entertainment Industry During COVID-19

2020 was a wild year for a lot of us. With staying home, going nuts over toilet paper, and having holidays, if any, alone, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the way we go by our daily life. The global pandemic has impacted people, companies, and industries differently. For example, the Entertainment Industry of music, literature, art, drama, film, etc., has been wrestling with ideas of how to go on. There are people whose weekly income relies on in-person entertainment work, such as drama professors, stage directors, or piano teachers. Forms of art are difficult to teach on an online platform. It takes discussion, representation, and practice to get an artwork right. When you’re online, all of these qualities are harder to grasp, and it takes more out of you to believe in the magic of art you are pursuing. When you’re focusing on staying safe more than anything, where does entertainment become relevant?

Have you Heard of Eco-Anxiety?

Whether you have heard of “eco-anxiety” or not, chances are you have experienced it at one point or another. Although many are still denying that climate change exists, the media is bombarding us with the latest climate atrocities from the burning of the Amazon rainforest to the growing plastic crisis. This information takes a toll on people’s mental health. This entry focuses on explaining the background, meaning, and ramifications of eco-anxiety.

More than Just Meat: Lab-Grown Meat is a Game Changer.

Agriculture today is a modernized relic of the practices of the earliest humans. We’ve grown crops and raised livestock since the dawn of time, but is it also possible to grow meat? Lab-grown meat, also known as clean meat, is the product of animal flesh through a process known as vitro cultivation — the growth of cells and tissues in a controlled environment. The process begins by collecting myosatellite cell samples from the animal and it is from there that the selected samples are placed within an environment with the necessary nutrients and growth elements that are naturally present in animals. =

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).

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.

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.

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