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“Old Town Road” Signals a Shift in the Music Industry

“Old Town Road” Signals a Shift in the Music Industry

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08/15/2019

The music industry has a new reason to worry, and it’s all because of a certain country-rap meme song. Lil Nas X, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who was virtually unknown a year ago, a $30 beat purchased online from a Dutch producer, and a racially tinged Billboard chart controversy combined to make “Old Town Road” the…

Has CGI Gone Too Far?

Has CGI Gone Too Far?

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07/27/2019

When I saw that a new trailer for It: Chapter Two (2019) had been posted online yesterday, it took me a long time to build up the courage to watch it. The first movie absolutely terrified me and I assumed that just watching the trailer for the second film would give me enough nightmare fuel…

The Meme Files: “Me Explaining” and Abstract Familiarity

The Meme Files: “Me Explaining” and Abstract Familiarity

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07/03/2019

Many of the internet memes of recent memory both gain traction and really take off because they are derived from familiar pop culture visuals.  “Powerful Shaggy” is based upon a beloved character of a popular and enduring children’s cartoon. “Big Chungus” is just an image of Bugs Bunny taken out of its original context, as…

The Weekly List: Summertime Sadness

The Weekly List: Summertime Sadness

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06/27/2019

I don’t know about you, but at this point in the summer, I miss Georgetown a lot, it’s been getting to my feelings. I miss my friends, my Henle room, the smell of the trees in the Spring, and just sometimes, the classes. As a student with terrible coping mechanisms, I listen to sad songs…

Unshelved: Absurdity in a <i>Nutshell</i>

Unshelved: Absurdity in a Nutshell

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06/24/2019

In a nutshell, Nutshell by Ian McEwan is one of the most bizarre books I have ever read. Honestly, I don’t know why I even finished it. I think I was driven by a perverse curiosity to learn what twist awaited at the end of the book. At times, I couldn’t tell whether it was…

<i>Game of Thrones</i> Fizzles Out in Final Season

Game of Thrones Fizzles Out in Final Season

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06/10/2019

Warning: This post contains spoilers for season 8 of Game of Thrones Game of Thrones has dominated the entertainment scene since its premiere in 2011. Over the past eight years, the show has made waves thanks to its deft storytelling, exceptional special effects, and layered acting. Viewership kept growing up to the series finale, which…

Did the 2019 Met Gala Live Up to the Hype?

Did the 2019 Met Gala Live Up to the Hype?

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06/01/2019

In the days leading up to the 2019 Met Gala, expectations were high. Though the gala is known for its unique themes and outlandish outfits, this year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” proved incredibly hard to articulate. Numerous articles preceding the gala tried to explain what camp is. The cornerstone essay on camp, Susan Sontag’s…

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