February 14th: Comic Books As Social Change

In the 1930s, it was nearly impossible for Jews to get jobs in the entertainment industry (or any industry, for that matter). Nobody wanted to hire someone who was such a cultural “other”. As a result, talented and passionate Jews had to go out and figure out how to break into the industry on their…

February 9th: Between Politics and Sport

The Winter Olympics begin this week, as the global community joins together in South Korea to celebrate the unifying joy of sports. More so than in past years, this Olympics puts into sharp relief the politics going on between the nations present and the goals for the competition as a whole. At a time when…

January 23rd: 1984 Is Just Around the Corner

In 1949, George Orwell wrote his idea of a dystopian society, constructed around an all-knowing and oppressive society. His book, 1984, has remained a classic for nearly 70 years. What we didn’t know at the time was just how timely it would end up being today. This winter, my brother, father, and I decided to…

January 2nd: Journalism Is Here to Stay

For the past ten years, or so, adults have been predicting the demise of journalism with comments to college students sounding something like: “Why would you want a degree in a dying industry?” On some level, it is true. Newspapers all across the country have been struggling to sell their product, and the internet has…

December 31st: What Kind of Year Has It Been?

The year is coming to an end, and we are seeing the Instagram posts with the most liked photos, the emails asking for recommitment to our gym memberships, and retrospective montages on the news. All around us, we are asking ourselves the same question: What kind of year has it been? It is an impossible…

December 27th: Looking at Ourselves in The Mirror

Over the course of this past semester, I watched the Netflix series Black Mirror. As a tech enthusiast and having studied social media in college, I was particularly intrigued by a show that handled the post-utopian challenges of how own advancement as a society. The format of the episodes, each as a stand-alone mini-movie, allowed…

December 22nd: Bullish in Chicago

Let’s talk about the Bulls for a minute. Chicago went into the 2017-2018 season in full rebuild mode, fully intent on ruining a season in the hopes that their poor performance would give them the benefit of a high draft slot next season, and free enough money to rebuild a competitive roster more quickly. In…

November 29th: Sean Hannity Isn’t What Some Think He Is

The New York Times wrote a story this week on Sean Hannity, calling him one of America’s most influential TV personalities. The fact that Hannity even agreed to participate was shocking enough, considering the crusade he and his friend Donald Trump have undertaken against the “liberal” media. Within the story, though, was a line that…

November 27th: 45 NFTY Events

While driving home from Chicago for Thanksgiving, my fiancee and I played a fun little game, counting the number of NFTY events each of us had attended. Between our time as participants and staff members in the youth movement, we learned that I have been to 45 youth group events and she has been to…