If you were to ask someone to define American culture, it is likely that at least one of them would call it a melting pot. It’s a popular image: a huge, multiracial, multi-ethnic blend of cultures baked into one whole country. Other thoughts that may come to mind include apple pie, or even baseball. This kind of timeless imagery has been ingrained into our cultural subconscious since the days of vintage advertising. These, of course, are only surface-level observations that even a first-time visitor would pick up. What is currently brewing in America, culturally speaking, is something deeper and far...Read More
Author: Cristina Jimenez
If you’re a regular Twitter user, or even if you find yourself glued to the 24-hour news cycle, you should probably expect to be on the receiving end of an onslaught of wacky or distressing current events. If you’re a living, breathing American, the past few months might seem like the most mind-boggling work of fiction to ever emerge from the darkest corners of the internet forum. But it’s real, and some of us are frustrated, some of us are hopeful, some of us are stressed, and, since the madness that was 2016, some of us have adapted to...Read More
As our society continues its high-tech evolution, more and more people cry out for simplicity. It seems increasingly evident that many of us, although highly reliant on its tools, desire a less modern lifestyle. We’ve all read the studies. The tech platforms of social media have the power to increase feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, and envy. Social media may be beneficial for its practical assets (i.e., its ability to relay information faster than your average corporate network). However, like most everything else in life, there is a downside. Young people, as a result of this trend, seek authenticity that can...Read More
The month of August was extremely troubling, with the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia sparking a national debate. The left and right have both understandably condemned hate groups. However, at times, the national “debate” has felt more like a progressive lecture. It should be obvious that hate is fundamentally un-American. However, it seems as though only one side is able to adequately distance itself from its own troubling elements. Some conservatives have overreacted to the crisis by going too far. In their rush to condemn right-wing hate groups, these individuals have gone so far as to make excuses for violent so-called...Read More
These days, it seems that the only thing that can bring dissenting thinkers together is a rally. And by rally, I mean a fist-fighting, pepper spray-filled, flag-burning fight club. It’s an inspiring picture of a country united by their mutual hatred of one another. Even inanimate objects like statues of long dead men are not immune from political hit jobs! In all seriousness, our current political climate is one of the most dire national concerns we are facing today. Most Americans understand that we are deeply ideologically divided as a country. Many of us are also aware that this division...Read More
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