Category Archives: Critical Perspective

Social Justice in District 9

The first alien race to hit Earth will look like a mix between a bug and a crawfish, according to District 9 producer Peter Jackson–who also directed Lord of the Rings. This movie contains more than your average alien invasion … Continue reading

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We Need to Stop Blaming Rob Ford

Hear me out. It seems as though Rob Ford‘s life has taken a crazy turn for the worst ever since he admitted to smoking crack last week, and while much of the coverage on him has been hilarious, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Fun Auto-tune Remixes for your Monday

The Youtube auto-tune remix is a phenomenon that allows people to take extraordinary moments, often viral home videos or news clips, and turn them into a spectacularly hilarious form of accessible media. Initially called “Auto-tune the news”, The Gregory Brothers … Continue reading

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Venus Noire, Video Vixens & Blackface

I recently attended a screening of a film called Venus Noire, which portrayed the life of an infamous South African woman’s life as the star of a 19th century freakshow in Europe, attracting attention because of her unique and “exotic” … Continue reading

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Commercial Review: Secret Outlast

Procter & Gamble really know how to reel women in and reinforce our ideas about the kinds of activities that women’s bodies need to live up to, and they’re at it again in their portrayals of the modern housewife with … Continue reading

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Should Fast Food Workers be Paid More?

Is it feasible? McDonald’s recently raised its CEOs’ salaries despite complaints from front line workers, and as a result of multiple injustices many employees went on strike in the summer. CEO Don Thompson’s financial package jumped from $4.1M to $13.8M … Continue reading

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Weekend Linkage

This week’s news was full of Canadian pride for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize but some less than proud moments ¬†for Canada and the US were also captured and written about: read about how fake reality TV is and how unpaid … Continue reading

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Why do we Enjoy Mocking Others?

In the aftermath of the whole Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor social media exchange, I was reminded of an embarrassing moment of my own earlier in the week. I’ve been volunteering for school newspapers on campus, but because I am … Continue reading

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This Week on the Internets…

I’ve had quite the case of writer’s block this week so I’ve shied away from posting purely because I don’t want to put out horrible material. I do, however, have the energy for a weekly round-up type of post since … Continue reading

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Toxic Masculinity and the Struggles of Generation Y

A new documentary brought by the MissRepresentation movement¬†is aiming to explore “toxic masculinity”, disguising certain soft emotions and as a result internalizing toughness as an inherently male identity. While I think the lady making the films tries a bit too … Continue reading

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