• #NastyWoman: How a Nasty Remark Contributed to a Revolutionary Movement

    by Isabel Salcedo, Public Communications/CDAE major at the University of Vermont. October 19th 2016: a nasty day for many women that shall live in infamy. As the third and final presidential debate was coming to a close, Donald Trump uttered a phrase that many will never forget. As Clinton was giving...
  • #Renegade – Evading Social Media in the Age of the Algorithm

    by Kristina Tauber, Public Communications/CDAE major at the University of Vermont. Everywhere we look we see social media. From little siblings to grandmothers, everyone seems to have joined the craze of sharing your life on the internet. The coffee shop you go to asks you to ‘like’ their Facebook...
  • Iran’s “Twitter Revolution” – Western Media’s Flawed Coverage of the Green Movement

    by Emily von Wiese, Public Communication/CDAE major @ University of Vermont. Dubbed the “Twitter Revolution,” the Iranian 2009 Green Movement sparked the advent of social media platforms as political organizing tools. Iranians took to the streets after the 2009 presidential election, protesting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and demanding his removal from office....
  • #WomensMarch One Year Later – A Social Media Event That Shook The Nation

    by Heather Purchase, Public Communication major and Food Systems minor at the University of Vermont. On November 9, 2016, one of the most shocking and unthinkable presidential elections in modern political history came to an end when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. In reaction to Trump’s election and the defeat...
  • Blade Running Towards AI’volution – Hollywood Explores Artificial Intelligence

    by Tyler Pierce, English and CDAE/Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. Back in 1982, the film industry was blessed with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, a groundbreaking science fiction film whose influence would ripple throughout the constructs of technological and cultural innovation for years to come. This film...
  • Social Media: Driver of Political Change or Perpetuator of Political Polarization?

    by Lydia Massey, Public Communication major at the University of Vermont. The Arab Spring uprisings that began in December 2010 in Tunisia and swept the Middle East and North Africa inspired a wave of conversation surrounding social media as a means of political change by connecting and mobilizing protesters....
  • 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...
  • Blaxploitation in American Media

    Written by William Camacho The prevalence of racist depictions in corporate media continues to influence Americans in subtle ways. Although minstrelsy was the start of misrepresenting African Americans in entertainment, it is important to understand how racist character types are perpetuated in contemporary media. One of the most applicable...
  • Materialism, Misogyny, and Masculinity in Hip Hop and Rap

    Written by McKenzie Gaudette Gender bias in the corporate music industry remains a prevalent issue affecting female artists and audiences alike through sexualized images, degrading lyricism, and stereotypical normative behaviors. Since rap and hip hop genres are predominately male oriented in terms of the ratio of male to female...