Not In My Backyard

“Rest in Power,” read one brick facade. Others bore chalk outlines of bodies, with the names of black victims of police brutality scrawled over their hearts—Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin. “Black Lives Matter…” “We can’t breathe…” Students chanted these and other phrases of grief and empowerment in their march from Tufts to

Serial, Privilege, & Missed Opportunities

Serial is everywhere. At five million downloads, it’s the most-downloaded podcast ever—and it’s probably also the most talked-about, dominating Facebook newsfeeds and party conversations. The This American Life spinoff follows one true story over the course of each twelve-episode season. Season One, which aired last fall, focuses on the true story of Adnan Syed, a

The Late-Night Effect

Jon Stewart, perhaps unknowingly, started a revolution with his takeover of “The Daily Show” in 1999. Fifteen years later, Stewart’s popularity, and that of his protégés like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver, outshines that of mainstream cable news networks among millennials. By combining political satire, news coverage, comedy, and the occasional serious monologue in the

Uprising

This is an infestation where fear festers, impressionable minds submitting to the state.   Misdirection where the slightest sleight of hand directs incensed individuals to rise against their nation.   We are mired in conflicts, trivialities, microchasms encroaching our beliefs, holding reign until they crumble to ash.   Machine memories manufactured in your subconscious fracture

In Olympics, Few Winners: Contesting Boston 2024

Touting its collegiate strength and ease of travel, Boston is hoping to become the seventh U.S. city to host the Olympic Games. On January 8, Boston was chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee as its candidate for the 2024 Summer Olympics, bringing the city one step closer to that goal. If Boston did in fact

Debating Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie, by Jean Degeorge Barely a day after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, “Je Suis Charlie”—“I am Charlie”—became a rallying cry for millions of people around the world. But as the slogan #JeSuisCharlie became one of the most popular tweets in history, a new motto emerged: “Je ne suis pas Charlie”—“I am not Charlie.”