Twitter Activism As A Reflection of Our Generation’s Laziness

It’s all very nice and well-intentioned to create activist-oriented hashtags like #YesAllWomen, but it’s also completely ineffectual. The current era’s total lack of involvement in anything that requires actual movement has only worsened as social media has become an integral part of everyday life. The epidemic of apathy in the …

Why You Have to Go and Make Things So Uncomplicated? Avril Lavigne’s Foray Into Kawaii and Anime Culture

Avril Lavigne has sunk low in the past (see: being married to Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley and being married to Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger), but her recent single and accompanying video, “Hello Kitty,” demarcates a new and distinct class of poor taste. Although Lavigne rose to the …

Gossip Girl: Why There Will Never Be Another Gossip Queen as Powerful as Hedda Hopper

For those out of touch with the 1950s, Perez Hilton has nothing on the original gossip queen, Hedda Hopper. Like most gossip columnists, Hopper had failed at what she really wanted to do: Be an actress. Born as Elda Furry (no incongruous name ever tends to be real–save for Madonna …

Sex Bomb: Marilyn Monroe’s Continuing Contribution to the Gold Standard of Sexuality

Marilyn Monroe means many different things to different people. For some its glamor, for others its Old Hollywood, but everyone can agree that, overall, she is a symbol of sexuality before it became grotesque and overt. Her dichotomous persona of innocence and sultriness is part of her enigmatic charm. While …

Fashion Victim: The Modernization of Farce in Robert Altman’s Ready to Wear

Robert Altman has had his share of underrated and misunderstood films (A Prairie Home Companion had to be given some respect, however, considering it was his last movie). Ready to Wear a.k.a. Prêt-à-Porter is one of those distinctly Altman movies where you’re either in on the joke or you’re on …