• The Bachelor/ette: Selling hegemonic ideals through the Disney fairy tale

    Written by Kristen Rando Media are “society’s central storytellers,” and have become an influential institution in American culture and society (Campbell, Fabos, Frechette, Gomery & Jensen, 2014, p. 17). Their influence derives from the fact that media “provide us with representations — narratives that represent us as individuals, as...
  • Youth’s Dreams Dying in The Golden State

    Written by: Eduardo Gonzalez (California State University, East Bay) Faculty Evaluator: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay) In the San Francisco Bay Area, moving out of your parents home seems like the American Dream because, as comedian George Carlin explained, “The reason they call it the American Dream...
  • Oakland’s Beauty Project

    Written by Alex Garcia (California State University, East Bay) Faculty Evaluator: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay) In addition to police corruption, illegal dumping, and a series of other public problems and issues, Oakland, California has recently been tasked with addressing its graffiti problem. Ken Houston, the chair...
  • Social Media Addiction: #AQuickLook

    We have all heard people say that social media is addicting, but it wasn’t until I took a class that focuses on social media that I realized just how real the addiction is. The past few years I have noticed myself spending excessive amounts of time on social media...
  • Instagram: Is “Ad Reach” Reaching for the Stars?

    Instagram has taken over as a primary method for brands to communicate and connect with existing and potential customers. To do so brands utilize sponsored advertisement to expand their reach, but the real question is: Does more reach mean more business? Every time someone surfs Instagram they are exposed...
  • What The FOMO?

    Social media is slowly causing more and more teens to suffer from FOMO which is often the feeling of dissatisfaction. Being on any social media platform’s such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat creates an environment where teens are being constantly reminded of what other people are doing with their lives....
  • Music In A Digital Age

    Social media have led to a complete revolution within the music industry. It is almost unrecognizable from the business model followed for generations. An artist or band makes the art, it’s marketed and sold to the audience through a label which makes money for both the artist(s) and the...
  • Streaming Netflix

    Netflix has taken over video streaming as we know it. Not only is Netflix streaming movies and television shows, but they are now producing media. Originally Netflix started as a DVD rental service, but has now moved to online streaming. By producing a show from soup to nuts, Netflix...
  • #SM: My Strange Addiction

    Social media addiction is real. It’s easy to lose track of how much time we spend scrolling through Twitter, Snapchatting our friends, or posting photos on Instagram. For many of us, checking social media is the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning and the...