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Urban Outfitters, poor taste once again

Posted by Molly Lamoureux


After the outrageously offensive Kent State sweatshirt fiasco in the summer of 2014, Urban Outfitters seemed to evade ridicule after a public apology. Little did we know, that would be the first of the store’s many public offenses.

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What MTV´s programs show

Posted by Sara Campillo

It seems like not too long ago when MTV was a channel where people could watch music videos and learn interesting things about their favorite artists. It’s hard to tell when this changed, but it obviously did. Somehow MTV has evolved into something that isn’t even related to music. Today, this channel is known to produce reality TV shows with questionable ethics.

“Teen Mom” may be a show with the highest shock value. This show is a continuation of another MTV favorite, “16 and pregnant”. Airing a show about young teenagers being pregnant was bad enough, but I have to say that by dragging on this concept through “Teen Mom”, made it seem as though MTV was encouraging this kind of behavior.

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Missing Flight 370: News or Excuse to Panic?

Posted by Amanda Goodwin

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 I found myself angered after watching CNN yesterday. For nearly three hours, all coverage focused on the unknown whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The plane went off the grid over the weekend and it has been all the news has talked about since. What happened to the plane and its 200-plus passengers is still unclear.
And that is precisely why the media’s coverage might be stepping over the line.

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Is It Responsible Journalism to Publish a Filler Story?

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Posted by Jennifer Gardner

When I was browsing CNN this morning, I discovered a story about Monica Lewinsky hidden on the front page, supposedly about what she’s been up to lately.  Intrigued, I clicked on it and discovered that there was no story-it was just a timeline of her life through 2006 with a rehashing of the scandal thrown in and some recent snide comments about it.  It contained nothing substantive about her recent life other than a rumor of a book deal two years ago and certainly nothing that would’ve warranted the article-a filler piece at best Continue reading

The Internet: Transforming Journalism

by Ruth Ronnau

I love the Internet. I grew up with it and could not imagine life without it; I’m probably not exaggerating when I say that I spend the majority of my day using it—for my classes and for pleasure.

But yesterday, I was reading articles written about the website, “Betches Love This,” from both The New York Times and Cosmopolitan’s online magazine.

After reading both articles, I felt like they had sounded too similar. It was almost eerie how similar both of the articles sounded, although Cosmopolitan’s was much more conversational in tone. Looking back and forth between the articles, I noticed that there was the same quote in both of the articles.

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Coverage of the Government Shutdown: Did Journalists Fail?

Posted by Kayli Kunkel

The US government shutdown is stealing news headlines and over 800,000 Americans’ paychecks.

Neither the headlines nor the Americans are doing their jobs.

I’ve heard scattered complaints about how little the news media did to prepare the public for the coming shutdown. Friends and classmates have expressed confusion and surprise.

Something this impactful shouldn’t come as a surprise. The shutdown is causing tangible damage to American lives. Today, CNN reported that 19,000 children might be shut out of preschools, including those who receive special disability services. Hundreds of thousands are unable to pay bills, apply for mortgages, or receive important federal services. On a personal note, my boyfriend, a Yellowstone National Park employee, was sent home—20 hours home—after thousands of park visitors faced a forceful exodus and paychecks hit a standstill.

Usually I say the public should pay better attention to news reports. Now, my sympathies lie with the average American for not getting the memo.

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Photoshop Ethics

By Morgan Cannata

We’ve all seen a published photo of a model with a missing limb, pixie stick legs and an all too perfect complexion. With digital technology improving, more possibilities are becoming available. We wonder, just because we can do something, should we?

Photo by Morgan Cannata

Photo by Morgan Cannata

Julia Bluhm, a fourteen-year-old girl, started a “digital diets” petition against magazines’ Photoshop tactics. She asked Seventeen magazine to “show just one unairbrushed photo spread a month.” Julia said, “her peers are increasingly developing eating disorders and serious body image issues as a result of what they see as unattainable looks.”
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