In Defense of Black Friday

Growing up, my family did not go Christmas shopping on Black Friday—the practice commercialized a holiday reserved for family and Christ, my mom said. As an adult who now goes Christmas shopping on Black Friday, I can see her point. The way retail stores herd flocks of shoppers around with advertisements for deals on phones, … Continued


A Defense of Pokémon Go and the Pursuit of Hyper-Reality

Who would have thought that in such a short time Pokémon Go could redefine reality? Not even a month has passed since the mobile app became the most talked-about craze of the year, and already a significant number of Americans have allowed the game to dominate their waking lives, leaving the remainder of the population … Continued


Why Kanye is Having a Midlife Crisis

It’s official. Kanye is passé. After yet another flare-up in his nearly seven-year-long feud with Taylor Swift, Kanye West joined the league of musicians who, once they have run out of meaningful things to say, revert to their past glories and enter the self-parodying state that comes with being a middle-aged celebrity. This was going … Continued


Are We Too Hard on Kanye?

Why are we fascinated by Kanye West? He has been a dominating force in the music industry ever since he released his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2003, but he’s also been the object of ridicule for stunts such as his infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards interruption of Taylor Swift, which launched a … Continued