While at CPAC in February, I wrote a Buzzfeed-esque article about seven songs that are politically charged or driven by conflict. The article focused mainly on classic rock songs like “Fortunate Son” and “Sympathy for the Devil” and left out an entire genre that is arguably one of the most politically charged genres ever: heavy metal. I recently took a class about the genre that studied both the technical virtuosity and the culture behind heavy metal. The class gave me a new perspective on an interesting subculture, but more importantly introduced me to a genre that is often overlooked when...Read More
Author: Chris Nuelle
I have a huge love of music, and have wanted to fuse my love for it with politics for a long time. I’ve always been a huge classic rock and somewhat a heavy metal fan. However, as I recently started collected vinyl, I’ve come to appreciate certain albums and genres even more. Certain bands have come to grow on me, and I’ve listened to songs I probably never would have if I hadn’t bought the whole album. I was recently listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son, and I thought of all the great songs that were based on war. Conflict...Read More
As many of you may know, TheCollegeConservative is currently posted up in CPAC 2017’s media pen. Following the speakers has been interesting, but also disheartening. When I attended CPAC last year, despite its lack of big name speakers, it was truly a conservative conference. Each speaker last year was recognized in conservative circles, and had emphasized conservative policies and positions in speeches or in writing. This year is different. There’s a different feel to this year’s CPAC conference, both in the speakers and in the atmosphere. This doesn’t feel like the Conservative Political Action Conference, it feels like a...Read More
Recently I stumbled across a National Geographic magazine cover and article that focused on young kids who are questioning their gender. The cover focuses on nine year old Avery Jackson, an openly transgender girl. When I first saw this, my immediate reaction was one of disgust. Not only is National Geographic allowing mental illness to permeate and rise to the top of popular culture and news, they’re also playing the part of mental illness promoters. What National Geographic and so many other major news and opinion outlets are doing is mainstreaming delusion, plain and simple. And in the process,...Read More
Has society reached a point where we are too obsessed with how we look online? And have our cell phones started hurting us more than they help? Recently, I’ve been watching a Netflix show called Black Mirror. Each episode is a completely different story, with different actors and settings. However, the show’s central theme is the rapid advancement of technology, and what that means for modern society. While most shows that tackle this topic seem to focus on the upside of increased technological involvement in modern society, Black Mirror takes a darker, more realistic path, which makes it refreshingly...Read More
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