What Fake Hate Crimes Reveal About the Left’s Bubble

After fumbling around in court for nearly three months, Michigan resident Halley Bass admitted recently to faking a hate crime against herself in November, following Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory. Bass claimed that a middle-aged white man had attacked her with a safety pin in an alleyway near a downtown Ann Arbor movie theater. Since … Continued

Politics

The Alt-Right’s Implacable Ego

When alt-right leader Richard Spencer was thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Convention last Thursday, I tracked him down on his favorite place, the internet, to get his reaction. I was attracted to Spencer not because of the media storm over the alt-right’s blatant racism or their affinity to identity politics, which propose that … Continued

Politics

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

Culture

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

Entertainment

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

Celebrities

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

Celebrities