Net neutrality hangs in the balance

The internet we have all grown up with is now in danger by the people we elected to watch over it. And our generation — the millennial generation — needs to make its voice heard. We have known the internet our whole lives, and this vote to remove net neutrality will impact all of our lives for the worse if passed. The net neutrality legislation was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2015. It prohibited a monopoly on internet service in order to allow what users are entitled to: the free flow of content. Journalism professor Teresa Puente, who has been following the net neutrality case,  warned that if these bylines are repealed, it could mean so much corporate manipulation that the internet becomes filtered based on preferences of CEOs. It can also mean the prevention of innovation; there may not be a new Snapchat or Twitter for who knows how long. “You can build something, but if people don’t have that information highway to see, it’s restricted information,” Puente said. A free and fast internet shouldn’t be barred by a paywall, and we need to stop being treated as consumers or numbers on a spreadsheet and start being

#MeToo: I am a victim of misguided movements

The past couple of days have brought the #MeToo campaign to the front of my social media platforms. Friends, coworkers and favorite artists have shared the hashtag, painting my screen with heartbreaking tales of sexual harassment and assault, tales that I would’ve never discovered were it not for actress Alyssa Milano. She asked her followers on Twitter, with their discretion, to share these accounts using the phrase #MeToo to introduce just how polluted our lives are with incidents of sexual violence. Survivors of sexual assault have used social media to come forward. It’s beautiful; they’re using an accessible platform to remind each other that these acts of violence against them should not be shameful, should not be unspoken, should not be silenced. And these participants are empowered. Time and time again, we see campaigns such as #MeToo directed at the support of women, and we forget the more integral part of the issue: addressing the male behaviors and attitudes that cultivate the rape culture that #MeToo alone will not end. The burden should not lie solely with women; we are already relentlessly made aware of the possibility of being stalked, assaulted, raped and killed in every facet of our lives.

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Beyond the Locks

Hair may be just fashion to some, but to others, it is a way to represent culture and history. Last week, after the Oscars, E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic sparked controversy when she said that Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks looked like they smelled of “patchouli oil” and “weed” on the program called “Fashion Police.” Coleman responded to Rancic’s comments via Twitter saying the statements were “ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.” In reality, the controversy was not about a hairstyle choice. It was about people of color—African Americans in this case – and the way they express their culture. Several people voiced their opinions on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, often saying they do not see why Rancic’s comment was a big deal. They are unaware that the comments come from racial stereotypes that have negative effects on the black community. “But when I looked up patchouli oil it didn't reference black people, it said it was a reference to hippies [who] use it to cover up the smell of a no baths and weed,” Facebook user Susan Teran commented on Feb. 27. “How did it get racial? She was talking about the dreads.” “Zendaya acts like a drama queen,”

Jeep Super Bowl commercial controversy: intolerance or patriotism?

Super Bowl Sunday is notorious for airing the most comical and sometimes controversial commercials to grab the audience’s attention. But where is the limit? Last Sunday’s highly anticipated line-up of commercials during the Super Bowl certainly disappointed some Americans this year. Jeep’s “Beautiful Lands” commercial featuring one of the United States’ most popular and patriotic songs in history, “This Land is Our Land,” took viewers through a tour of the world in a Jeep, stopping at major landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Viewers then took to Twitter to express a wide range of opinions about the commercial, including anger over the use of a two-second shot of a Muslim woman in a Hijab. However, the real issue was the use of images from foreign countries in an American commercial. “I'm not talking about the woman at all in the Jeep commercial, I'm talking about the foreign lands,” Twitter user @FlyOSUBuckeye1 said about his publicized criticism of the Jeep commercial. Obviously, Jeep was attempting to market the company’s global appeal to the 115.3 million Superbowl viewers, but Jeep missed the mark by targeting beyond the American audience. Besides America, Canada and Mexico, only a

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