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The Extraness of Minimalism
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The Extraness of Minimalism

By Abigail Mengesha Let’s not lie to each other. Minimalism is the most extra thing right now. Normally, the two terms are complete adversaries: denotatively, minimalism is the practice of using the least means necessary to achieve a desired effect, while extra, in its newly founded modern context, means doing the absolute most for generally … Continue reading

Extra but Not Enough: snippets of social media activism
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Extra but Not Enough: snippets of social media activism

By Zé Fernández Guerrero How often do you scroll through your Facebook feed and find trendy news on 30-second to 2-minute videos? If you’re part of liberal circles, these kinds of videos are commonly produced by BuzzFeed News, NowThis, AJ+ and even the Dodo. Except for the environmentalist and animal rights oriented vids that the … Continue reading

Mashrou’ Leila: third culture kids and the building of global citizens
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Mashrou’ Leila: third culture kids and the building of global citizens

By Yabework Abebe Kifetew The first time I heard Mashrou’ Leila, I was sitting with friends on a balcony overlooking Cascadilla gorge. My friend showed me the song “Lil Watan” with much enthusiasm. I don’t recall much from that first encounter, but I remember sitting outside on a high wooden stool looking at all the … Continue reading

Why Do I Want to Believe?: the truth was inside us all along
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Why Do I Want to Believe?: the truth was inside us all along

Art and article by Olivia Bono “Why do you insist the Earth is flat? For what reason?” I was truly struck by this question, posted by Jer9999 on the Flat Earth Society’s online forums. I stumbled upon this comment after spending an embarrassingly long amount of time scrolling through a thread titled, “Does Flying Around … Continue reading

Aesthetics of Late Night Infomercials
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Aesthetics of Late Night Infomercials

Art and article by Kathie Jiang Portmanteau of information and commercial, infomercials are half-hour long advertisements with the appearance of a news program and the intention of providing in-depth information about a product. Many infomercials air between 1am and 5am to cut costs of airtime. Infomercials sensationalize their products—which can be too novel or difficult … Continue reading

Shackles of Society: the revival of transcendentalist ideals
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Shackles of Society: the revival of transcendentalist ideals

By Erin Lynch As the world becomes increasingly extra, the doctrines of simplicity and individuality that guided the great thinkers of the mid-19th century have all but disappeared. Transcendentalist ideologies are at odds with many modern societal changes that have been widely accepted as progress. The motif of adventure that has been threaded into the … Continue reading

Stop Telling Me to Eat Less: language, obsession, and eating disorders
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Stop Telling Me to Eat Less: language, obsession, and eating disorders

By Jessica Brofsky The NS1150: Introduction to Nutrition professor has a song he records and plays for the 575-person survey course. The chorus to what one might loosely call his “rap” repeats the line: “if you don’t need it, don’t eat it.” Long after I handed in my final exam and had forgotten the functions … Continue reading