• Opinions

    Apple under Cook has forgotten roots

    Steve Jobs’ death in October of 2011 was a crushing blow to computing, music, media, marketing, communication, and most saliently to style and aesthetic. Apple Computer has forever been associated with the roots of the counterculture forced into the rigidity of the tech world. The name itself conveys the “insanely great” (Steve Jobs’ favorite accolade to describe Apple) company which leads the industry today. Apple, suggesting the organic, the dirty; and computer, with sleek, jazzy, and quick, connotations which are embodied in the brand today, unite to summate the ethos of a company which is now declining. Apple maintains the reputation of a brazen technology company with an inventive spirit,…

  • News

    1st Amendment in Question: The Durham Notification Rule

    Following a summer of frequent and rowdy protests in Durham, notably the purported Ku Klux Klan march and a mob’s destruction of a Confederate statue, Durham County is now considering a policy change which would require protestors to notify the county 48 hours prior to a protest on county property if more than 50 individuals are expected to participate. If protesters failed to notify the county, they would be liable to be prosecuted as trespassers.   Many, including some on the Durham County Board of Commissioners, have expressed significant doubt surrounding the integrity of the policy change. They argue that it may stand as a repression of the right to…

  • Features

    The experience of the galaxy: Star Wars Battlefront II

      Running, under the whine of menacing tie fighters and through the skeletons of the Imperial fleet, shattered and scattered across the perilously barren Jakku landscape, until an AT-AT looms in the dusty distance and fires into the foreground, ending the mad sprint towards a group of gleaming white helmets. Star Wars: Battlefront II is the immersive galactic experience, near perfect.   The November 17, 2017 release date of the long awaited video game, Battlefront II, was fraught with both excitement and anxiety. The 2015 release, Star Wars Battlefront, was met with initial praise and ultimate disappointment among fans and critics. Hopes for a perfect game, a portal into the…

  • Arts & Culture

    Annals of fake news: Greece 1952

    Inauguration crowds, Pizzagate, illegal voting: these subjects can all be hailed as the cream of the fake news crop. In today’s time of questionable government statements (or tweets) and pseudo-journalism, the divide between the real and the imagined is shrinking. The boundaries of reality, or the contradicting folds of the abstract which threaten it, are defined chillingly in John Fowles’s 1965 novel “The Magus.”   The questions of truth are examined from the coarse sands of azul Aegean bays and Mediterranean pine forests, from the saltiness of the Peloponnese winds and the crystalline views of a cottage. On the Greek Island of Phraxos, a disillusioned and somewhat dislikeable English poet–Nicholas…

  • Arts & Culture

    A walking tour of East Anglia, sans time and place

    The ethereal rings of Saturn are constructed of mere space rubble, removed from formerly glorious space bodies. This idea, of decomposition and of unimportance, is pursued serenely by the roving author, W.G. Sebald. His third book, “The Rings of Saturn,” is a walking tour of the Eastern shores of England, as well as a meditation on the nature of decay in society and the fluidity of time. Sebald’s simple and precise language translated from German, follows the narrator, who may or may not be Sebald, along the coast and through the different dimensions of British Imperial history. This short novel defies the laws of time and lacks any backbone of…