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Who Shot First?


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Who Shot First?

The conflict between Israel and Palestinians occupying Gaza isn’t new news– their war has spanned more than 20 years, with the off and on firing of missiles claiming a multitude of civilian lives and spurring on the continuation and escalation of the bombings. Social networking sites are being used by current citizens to publicize how exactly the warring is occuring, using tweets to note the elevation of the combat and the course the Isareli armies are taking through the streets and bodies of water surrounding Gaza. What isn’t being talked about enough is the political implications that have driven this war to be active for so long.

In the video linked, Hillary Clinton speaks of her previous negotiation of a ceasefire in 2012 between the two warring parties & the separation of power between Mahmoud Abbas followers and Hamas members and how exactly that’s split the Palestinian people and further instigated the Israeli drive to war. In the video, Clinton explains that during the ceasefire she helped to negotiate between Palestine & Israel, Abbas was working with the Isreali government to orchestrate a peaceful juncture in which the two could meet and discuss a course of action. Now that Abbas is gone, the Israeli people are met with Hamas, a presumably ‘for the people’ public organization working for the freedom of the Palestinian people. Yet what Isreal sees themselves up against is a militaristic, violently resistant front that continues to resist any cooperation and compromising.

What’s seen in play here is a definitive shift in power where political issues are being held in a public arena, using warfare to force the strength of one side over the other instead of being able to come together and discuss with one another a less violent course of action. Ceasefires have currently been proposed by Isreal and agreed upon by Egypt, only to come to vehement disagreement by Hamas because the cease will not address all of their stipulations. Stewart seems to believe Hamas is disagreeing because those stipulations are important and, as the voice of the people, they will not back down until all are agreed upon.

One thing both Clinton and Stewart can agree on is that the entrapment occurring & being inflicted upon the Palestinian people is disgraceful and unwarranted. The amount of hatred both sides have for their opposition that’s been instilled in their current culture has only come to create destruction, dysfunction, and a driven desire for eradication of their ‘enemies’ that will only continue to grow if the war isn’t properly handled very soon.

Submitted by Promise Hartung

Binge-Watching The New Craze


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Binge-Watching The New Craze

Binge-Watching: “is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show”
Starting in the 80’s television networks would play a marathon of a particular show. Today, marathons have become more apparent. Every night I can watch four episodes of Seinfeld, 3-4 episodes of Family Guy, and sometimes I can catch 4-5 episodes of The Big Bang Theory (depending on the day). Even though marathons still happen there is a new trend in town, Binge-Watching. This shows us how our culture is ever changing. This is a new bond we have as a society. According to to wikipedia, “Binge-Watching as an observed cultural phenomenon has become popular with the rise of online media services.” With Netflix and other services binge-watching is easier then ever. This article points out many great observations about binge-watching and is a great read. What happens when you finish a show? Are you happy you finished it or are you disappointed and bored? These are some questions that are brought up when talking about binge-watching, some people like the feeling that they finally completed the series others do not. It all depends on you. Like stated in the article, “Ultimately it’s up to you whether you are the Charlie [Bucket] or the Augustus [Gloop] of the new Netflix world we live in.”

Fun Facts: According to time.com, Breaking bad was the most binge-watched show. (I personally did that myself)

According to time.com, 91% of people have said they have binged-watched a show

Works Cited:
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/internet/the-netflix-effect-how-binge-watching-is-changing-television-1215808

http://time.com/2924105/breaking-bad-is-the-most-binge-watched-tv-show-ever-study-finds/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binge-watching

Submitted by Ashley Cobb

Too Much Power


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Too Much Power

In just a few short weeks the streets of downtown Richmond will become overrun with football fanatics trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite New England Patriot or Washington Redskins footballer. The aroma of rivalry and team spirit will fill the air for fans, players, coaches and staff. The scent of controversy will also permeate with one player noticeably absent from the practice field, a player who has traded in his Patriot’s Uniform for a prison issued jumpsuit and who now smells the confines of a jail cell in place of the sweet aroma of pigskin and turf. This player is Aaron Hernandez and he has become a household name for all of the wrong reasons. He is no longer famous for being the youngest player on any active NFL roster circa 2010 but instead is most notable for the three heinous counts of murder he faces. Aaron Hernandez is the poster boy for all that is wrong in a glorified world of sports and what happens when one attains too much power.
I chose the image above because I think it perfectly encapsulates the plight of Aaron Hernandez and on a broader scale the plight of many professional athletes and famous celebrities. To be a professional athlete or a famous celebrity is to be a member of an elite class and to have access to excessive amounts of power, wealth, culture, and social control. Fans aren’t lining up for hours and possibly days to catch a glimpse of the clerk at Walmart, the middle school teacher, or the everyday business man, they are lining up to see their favorite professional athlete, actor, or musician. This is the culture that we live in, a culture where to be famous is far better than to be normal. Aaron Hernandez is just a micro level example of the ramifications of being too powerful, too young, and under the assumption that rules no longer apply to you.

Submitted by Marissa El-Amin

Cultural Norms and Commodification of Women’s Bodies


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Cultural Norms and Commodification of Women’s Bodies

This article covers the occurrence of visible injuries on models’ feet during major Fashion Week runway shows. Models walked in uncomfortable, ill-fitting, impractical shoes for so long and at such a high speed that they sustained injuries. Fashion Week and the fashion world in general has been critiqued for disrespecting women’s bodies and creating unrealistic beauty standards, but visible injury is a new level of using women’s bodies as ways to make money while ignoring their needs. Calling out the actions of large fashion houses, since fashion is such an important part of our culture, and there is so much money invested in the fashion industry, is a form of deviance. However, this deviance is a rational choice – pointing out sexist tendencies that are social norms helps to make steps to reduce inequality that women as an oppressed group feel.

Submitted by Ellie Parrish

Submitted by Elspeth Parrish