Archive for ‘Entertainment’

July 2, 2018

Reviews: An Un-Winnable Popularity Contest

No matter how good or bad a movie is, it seems that a majority of time their fate has already been decided two weeks before even hitting theaters and the public. We live in a day and age where reviews and opinions from complete strangers are what we whole heartedly and blindly rely on to make decisions for us. Some people believe that reviews can easily be unbiased and only written from a very factual and statement-oriented perspective. However, no matter how hard they try, reviews always end up being influenced by the author’s personal biases.

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June 26, 2018

Deepening the Divide: How the De Niro-Trump feud affects our collective discourse

 

railway-1758208_1920As a student in an argumentative writing class, I have recently cultivated an appreciation for effective rhetoric. Fostering substantive rhetoric is an age-old art and is described by the great rhetors of the past such as Cicero and Quintilian. In their time, rhetoric was a tool by which an issue was deliberated. My study of ancient rhetoric led me to question the quality of our own societal rhetoric. I have observed that the quality of our nation’s rhetoric has slowly diminished as a result of the prevalent state of discourse in our society today. The recent exchanges between actor Robert De Niro and Trump are one instance of many similar to this but highlight the prevalence of empty, meaningless words rather than substantive, logical discourse.

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August 13, 2017

Can your political opinions get in the way of doing your job

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Black Lives Matter is a movement/organization that started in 2012, spreading awareness in the U.S about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of their basic human rights and dignity. There is also an opposing movement that claim All Lives Matter. A true statement, but one that takes away from the real issue of racism. When celebrities in the black community want to speak out in support of the movement, they always choose a careful time to do it. Jesse Williams, actor on the ABC drama Greys Anatomy gave an eloquent acceptance speech at the BET awards about his support and need for awareness to the movement. Singer The Weekend shows his stance through donations, a silent but obvious sign of support. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick showed his fight by kneeling during the National Anthem at a football game, a stunt that many believe cost him his job. The argument is, was it his political stance, or his field performance that lead him to be jobless today; I say it’s both.

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June 28, 2016

Net Neutrality is a Good Thing

AmplifyWhat is the Internet? It seems like an easy question, but is it? Do we really know what the Internet is? We know what Facebook or Google is. We know what we use every day on our phones. However, who can actually formulate an accurate definition of the Internet? That is our first step on the way to stasis. What is it? We can argue about it, we can debate how to use it, but without a definition, it is just sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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August 15, 2015

Straight Outta Compton: A Movie Every American Should Watch

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By Chase Parongao

“Straight outta ______” you fill in the blank.  As of late, this phrase has been circulating social media as promotion for the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the ”gangsta” rap group N.W.A  (N****z Wit Attitude). The film follows the revolutionary group’s rise from an unlikely upbringing in Compton, California.  In this movie you will be able to get a closer look of the struggles and triumphs of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Lorenzo ‘”MC Ren” Patterson, and Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby.  The film will highlight the struggle these “scrappy” young men went through and showcase the hard work they put forth during a time of heavy racism that eventually changed the game of music.  The cast mainly consists of African-American actors and is also directed by an African-American, Gary Gray, who is most renowned for his work with music videos.

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August 15, 2015

Cecil the Lion: a Distraction From Substantial Issues

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By Chase Parongao

Think back to a time when you went to the zoo. Wasn’t it amazing to see such beautiful creatures right before your eyes?  I remember being so intrigued by the wide array of animals that roamed the grass, swung from trees, swam in ponds, and relaxed under the shade.  The best part was reading about the animals’ lives – where they were born, what they eat, where their natural habitat is, and finding out their name.  It was like no other experience. 

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August 11, 2015

Fear of a common pastime: Prevention of movie theater shootings

Gun laws have been somewhat of a controversy as of recent, due to the various shootings across the country. The U.S. has been split down the middle as many people are calling for more regulations, while others are supporting the right to bare arms. Within the last three weeks, there have been two shootings at movie theaters.

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August 18, 2014

New Laws Provide Protection for Orcas Without Dooming SeaWorld

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 7.01.29 PMIn recent years, SeaWorld has made a regular appearance in the media following a nation-wide backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales.  The company came under fire after the powerful documentary Blackfish, was released.  The film graphically demonstrated the fatal consequences of the captivity and mistreatment of orcas at SeaWorld to a massive audience, which in turn, caused outrage and concern among the public.  After SeaWorld’s recent announcement of the whopping 33% drop in stock last week, they have taken the stage yet again, headlining all over the media across the country. 

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May 7, 2014

Tattoos in the Workforce

Tattoos_Workplace_MillennialsDo you know someone with a tattoo? Tattoos are now becoming mainstream due to their increased acceptance in society. About 60% of people with blue collar jobs have a tattoo. Tattoos have meaning or tell a story about a person. Certain cultures encourage tattoos because it symbolizes overcoming hardship and their personality.

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April 28, 2014

Time for an Upgrade?

Microsoft-Windows-XP-logo-blissTechnology is advancing like the speed of light, and every day, month, and year, something new is being released making current technology outdated. The possibility of the advancement and what we can do with technology is so great, that it makes running businesses and even our personal lives easier.

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December 17, 2013

Taking Entertainment To A Whole New Reality

Oculus 2If 3D gaming wasn’t satisfying the realistic standards then, this technological improvement will change the Meta of entertainment. The device is called “Oculus Rift” immerses the user to be in control of the game. Oculus Rift allows the user to move by slightly tilting the head and, 360 degrees of visual prowess creating the virtual reality. The device was showcased in E3 conference resulting in many curious crowds’ attention; all with the possibility of seeing the Rift stocked in electronic retail stores. The Oculus Rift wasn’t released during the E3 conference though, because the question of whether the device might cause motion sickness.

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December 17, 2013

Online Protection: Are they doing it right?

ScamIn today’s society buying online is a common occurrence and a majority of the population partakes in online purchases one-way or another. With all the hidden hoops and obstacles that buyers and sellers are required to go through, to sell or purchase an item, you would think these transactions would be safe. In some instances, that is not the case. Both buyers and sellers need to beware of scammers that con people out of money for items that may be claimed as: damaged, lost, stolen, mis-labeled or mis-leading. When a buyer or a seller falls victim of fraud, how do sites such as eBay and Paypal keep customers?

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December 3, 2013

Why a Gamer should buy a PlayStation 4

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When you compare current game consoles on the internet using online chat rooms, you create an online chat war.  The biggest conversation going on in the gaming community these days is the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One battle over which console is better.  Everybody has their own reason to believe that one system is better than the other; some people argue over the exclusive games that each one offers while others argue just because they’ve been long time fans of a game system.   So which is the better game console?

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August 13, 2013

MLB Too Soft on Cheaters

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We have all heard the saying cheaters never win and I believe that to be true, but in Major League Baseball it seems that for the most part cheaters do not lose. Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) users get suspended without pay for positive drug tests but that still does not seem like enough to deter players from cheating. With the recent news of Major League Baseball seeking to suspend players who have been linked to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis ‘anti-aging’ clinic in Miami, it makes me question if MLB is doing enough to maintain the game’s integrity.

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August 10, 2012

Time to Reduce Media Violence

by Megan Kauffman

“By the time the average child is eighteen years old, they will have witnessed 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders,” according to the Media Education Foundation (1). With most children having seen this much violence before they are in their 20’s it is safe to say that violence is a normal daily, or at least weekly, occurrence for most Americans. The striking correlation comes when we realize that this violence is not simply virtual. The amount of massive killing sprees is on the rise, the most recent being the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the Wisconsin shooting at a Sikh temple.

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July 1, 2011

Internet Dating, Nearly Flawless

Online dating began in 1994 with the registration of kiss.com to the Internet domain.  In 2007, Americans spent over 500 million in online dating sites making it the second highest “paid content” website on the Web behind pornography, according to brainz.org.  Since then, the industry has exploded with 40 million Americans on online dating sites.  The problem that online dating sites are attempting to fix is the lonely heart.  Those searching for soul mates with little luck or time in the real world can use this alternative to the traditional, brick-and-mortar routine of meeting people out on the streets.  Today, online dating services appeals to a wide age range and variety of people.  Online dating gives the opportunity to not only singles, but also people who have been divorced or widowed, heart broken or shy, to find their soul mate.

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