• Arts & Culture

    Book Review: what is East and what is West?

    In Mathias Enard’s novel “Compass” the elusive specter of the East is fully exposed. However, not in a way that would satisfy the obsessed orientalist. From the opening lines of the follow-up to Enard’s masterpiece “Zone,” “Compass” thrills the reader lyrically and incites debate over the true homogeneity of both Western demography and culture. “We are two opium smokers each in his own cloud, seeing nothing outside, alone, never understanding each other we smoke, faces agonizing in a mirror…” With this exposition, Enard exposes us to his Proust-like prose, while forcing the reader to consider: is the cultural divide between East and West a smoky, impenetrable wall, as many xenophobic…

  • Arts & Culture

    Flaws in a “Netflix” focused entertainment system

    Netflix has become increasingly popular in the last five years. Initially, a by-mail on-demand movie service, Netflix has grown into an entertainment giant of streaming services, and more recently a renowned producer of feature films and television shows. Netflix’s success is commendable, and impressive in an ever-growing competitive market. However, the effects of Netflix on both society and television as an art form are severe. Television was a social activity a few decades ago. The family would gather around the TV, either piled onto a couch,  or sprawling out onto a rug. Television was viewed with others, discussed with others, and most importantly it was regulated. Today, one can view…

  • Opinions

    America and Russia approach Cold War-Relations

    The fiery and divisive election of 2016 brought anxiety for some, and joy for others. However, there is a far more frightening issue that lies beneath the results of the election and its immediate impacts. It was confirmed by the Office of The Director of National Intelligence that the Russian government organized the hacking of the Democratic National Convention. An intelligence community assessment claimed that there was evidence to support Vladimir Putin’s direct involvement in a plot designed to undermine American trust in the democratic system. Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in this egregious, information-age attack on a sovereign nation. After Syria was confirmed to have used banned chemical weapons…