• The Disenfranchisement of Female Superheroes in Modern Movies

    Written by Paul Fontaine Despite being tailored to a younger audience, comic books (or graphic novels, as they are referred to nowadays) are very much part of the corporate entertainment media. From its beginning, comic book producers were mostly adult white men who drew and wrote stories for young...
  • Re(MEME)bering the 2016 Presidential Election

    Written by Mia Koutoulas and Daniell Jaillet Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, political cartoons have served as illustrations or comic strips that contain a political message that usually relates to current events or personalities. Additionally, the high rates of illiteracy amongst the public were estimated to have been...
  • Victoria’s Real Secret to Its “Perfect Body” Campaign

    Written by Kaitlyn Ramsey, Worcester State University More than any other socio-cultural force, corporate media define one’s body image, which is the idea of what one’s body is or should be like. In fact, “the American ideal of beauty has become so pervasive that 50% of three- to -six...
  • Assessing Representations of Diversity through DC Comics Superheroes

    By Nicholas Ray, Worcester State University Ever notice how the majority of superheroes in DC Comics are white, heterosexual, hyper-violent American males? According to Julianna Aucoin, author of The Superhero Diversity Problem, “aside from their popularity, superhero movies enforce cultural and moral norms. When Superman explains to Lois Lane...
  • WhiteOut: Whitewashing In Hollywood

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  • Advertisers Cash In On Children

    By Jaime Fontaine and Gracie Ingraham, Worcester State University With recent advances in the digital age, marketers have redirected their focus towards children. Children have become accustomed to defining the fast paced generation, immune to the vast media content they are constantly subjected to. Because advertisements foster dissatisfaction as a means toward...
  • How the Arab Spring Influenced the Women2Drive Campaign in Saudi Arabia

    Wajeha al-Huwaider spearheaded and co-founded several campaigns and organizations to try and bring equal rights for women in Saudi Arabia. In 2008, she was filmed driving a car and explaining the need for women to be able to obtain their licenses and drive. She also speaks out about child...
  • Jumping on the Car Sharing Bandwagon

    The way we transport ourselves in our day-to-day lives has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. We have gone from horse and buggy to personal cars in the blink of an eye, and since then the way we use our cars has been transformed. As a population...
  • Celebrity Salary or Tax Evasion

    Written by Scott Clanton (California State University, Maritime Academy) Faculty Evaluator: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay) In April of 2016 the corporate news media outlets reported that “Taylor Swift has the highest celebrity salary this year.” At the same time independent media news outlets reported   “World Leaders...