Posts from the ‘Society’ category

The Necessary Unfairness of College Admissions

  It starts at the beginning of high school, for some even earlier: your principal, your teachers and your guidance counselors tell you that if you…

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Relating to our Media

  I was at a family gathering a few weeks ago, talking to a friend of my mother’s who was working on a romance novel. She…

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Moving On Up: Gentrification and Inequality

  For longtime residents of  “the Mission,” one of San Francisco’s most distinguished neighborhoods, the community’s rapidly changing demographic is a regular topic of public discussion.…

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What’s in a Name?

  In American culture, there is no marriage of art and commerce as spectacular and ritualistically prominent as Super Bowl commercials. A couple days before the…

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The Real Issue With Richard Sherman

  If America’s sportswriters have made one thing abundantly clear this past week it is that Richard Sherman is not a thug. Sure, he may have…

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On Historical Emulation

  I try, generally, not to write against specific articles– it usually isn’t useful to. A writer may understand an issue better than another, or have…

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On Images of the Apocalypse

On May 21st, 2011, the day the world was predicted to end, it was thundering and lightning outside. My high school friends and I sat in…

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Macklemore’s Grammys and the Future of Rap

  It was pretty clear leading into the Grammys that there would be controversy if Macklemore’s The Heist beat out Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City…

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Twitter, Racism, and Public Discourse

  On December 6, 2013, nineteen year old Flora Coquerel was crowned Miss France 2014. The daughter of a French father and Beninese mother, Coquerel’s coronation…

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The Question of Free Speech

  Whenever a public figure—be it a politician, or a pundit, or a reality TV star, or a musician—makes some kind of controversial statement in a…

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