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Does reality TV have real consequences?

As Canada approaches the mid-way point of the summer, seasonal reality TV programming is well underway. Most prominently, the introduction of the hit reality series “Love Island” to  Canadians started on July 9, which originally was created in the U.K., but whose overwhelming success prompted international copies in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Australia, Norway, and Sweden.  […]

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Film Review: Tolkien, 2019

In 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit, a groundbreaking fantasy novel set in a quasi-medieval magical world, launching his career as one of the most excitingly original novelists in history, creator of a stunningly complex world, complete with multiple languages and a full mythological background. Cue a distinguished academic career as an Oxford […]

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Media & Entertainment Opinion

The Dangers of a Shortening News Cycle: Opinion

On November 8, 2016, the day that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Ohio pig farmer Erik Hagerman decided to stop reading the news. In a modern-day experiment reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau’s retreat to Walden Pond, Hagerman meticulously stripped all his connections to politics and other current events, gaining the label […]

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The Newest Battlefield Game Wasted a Great Opportunity: Opinion

As late as I am to the party, it still remains to me that Electronic Arts’ (EA) new title Battlefield V–at least from how it’s depicted in its first trailer–is going to be absolute trash. For those unfamiliar with the trailer in question, watch it here. How the Western Front was depicted in the official release trailer was […]

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Seeing America through the Middle East: What’s next for Net Neutrality?

As an American student in Egypt, at any given moment you can experience the impact of Republican values. From the social conservatism to the laissez-faire approach toward the market. For all the GOP’s critiques of the middle east, it is governed by the same guiding principles as the conservative party: traditionalism. Historians face the pressing […]

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Fellow Liberals: Stop Defending the Mainstream Media

In these times, with the president’s ongoing crusade against the “liberal media”, I have seen many on the Left turn to defend media networks such as CNN and NBC from attacks. And it isn’t hard to see why; we feel as though his attacks are anti-democratic (and to some extent this is true), and these […]