• Is PG-13 the new R? Exposing the MPAA’s Conflicts of Interest

      By Connor Frechette-McCall In the past decade, there has been an undisputed change in the culture regarding how adult topics and themes are portrayed in the mass media. In the realm of films, arguably the most successful and profitable form of mass media, each generation has seen an...
  • The NFL: How the Hegemonic Elite are Ruining the Greatest Sport on Earth

    By Paul Todaro There is no doubt that the National Football League (NFL) represents one of the largest and most profitable, capitalistic, and hierarchical sports conglomerates in the 21st century. Upon hiring NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2006, the league’s total revenue that year was approximately $6 billion. Almost...
  • The Battle of the Sexes in Game of Thrones’ Westeros

    By Derek Wood The cult TV show Game of Thrones is critically acclaimed for its use of bold storytelling and character development, but not all things are created equal in George RR Martin’s fantasy world. As an adaption of Martin’s original books, this hit show gained its audience after...
  • The Hegemonic and Patriarchal Order of The Office: Exposing Racism and Sexism on NBC’s Hit Show

    By Shayla Schoeneberger Today we live in a society of mass media consumption in which “nearly all of American homes have at least one television, and the average American home has more televisions than people – 3.3 televisions and fewer than 3 people per household, and at least one of...
  • The Last Jedi – And The Best SW To Date?

    Now in its 40th year, the Star Wars franchise is back and better than ever with newbie director Rian (“Breaking Bad” meets “Looper”) Johnson’s The Last Jedi. TLJ is the longest Star Wars movie to date, clocking in at 2½ hours, but time flies by, thanks to Johnson’s deft...
  • #BASE Jumping and Social Media: How Far will Athletes Go?

    by Elle Reynolds, a CDAE Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. In 2016, more than 30 people died from BASE jumping all over the world, the largest annual death toll to date. BASE is an acronym that stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridge), and Earth – all...
  • The Barstool Sports Empire: “For The Common Man, By The Common Man” (?)

    by Lindsay Sweet, CDAE/Community and International Development major at the University of Vermont. In 2003, David Portnoy quit an unfulfilling job in sales to be his own boss and pursue a career he was truly passionate about. Portnoy conceptualized a newspaper focused around gambling tips and fantasy-sports projections, and...
  • Instagram: The Death of Authentic #Exploration

    by Sophie Johnson, CDAE/Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. You can thank Instagram for the demise of curiosity-driven travel. The trendy photo-sharing app that allows users to visually represent themselves has forever altered the explorative nature of traveling, once an activity to appreciate sites and encounter other...
  • Facebook Live: Helpful or Horror Show?

      by Braiden Davis, a CDAE/Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Imagine having the capability to reach millions of people from around the world by simply taking your phone out of your pocket and starting an app. Well, this is a reality.  In 2016, one of Facebook’s...