Even as mainstream media outlets like the New York Times begin to recognize the prominence of movements aimed at combatting microaggressions, their privileged position makes it difficult to recognize the bias in their supposedly objective epistemic position.
By Nathan Tauger The government shutdown put the United States in "unprecedented, novel territory," according to political science Prof. Sidney Plotkin. In this installment of Office Hours, Prof. Plotkin discusses the Tea Party, its political goals, and the future of the Republican Party.
By Spencer Virtue Liberals and conservatives operate in a framework that assigns priority to three fundamental areas in the gun control debate: the effectiveness of gun laws in decreasing violence and curbing crime, the constitutionality of limiting gun ownership, and the ideological underpinnings of gun ownership.
By Thomas Enering Kenyan political activists have made big strides towards democratic reform, yet the western media prefers to tell the traditional colonial narrative of uncontrollable, savage violence.
By Zack Struver "We’re not riffing on the news so much as we are entirely inventing from whole cloth things that didn’t happen," said Will Tracy '05, Editor of The Onion. Read the interview for Will's thoughts on the intersection of politics and entertainment through parody.
By Nathan Tauger Vassar's pink bike system failed during the same period that Obama faced criticism for the implementation of "socialist" policies. Vassar students failed to realize the power and responsibility implicit in a system that relied on trust and respect.
By Dylan Finley Vassar has an obligation to divest from any corporations that support fossil fuel use, harm the environment, abuse public health, and violate human rights. The divestment movement represents a renewed commitment to social justice and political engagement.
By Zack Struver Buzzfeed's uncritical liberalism is bad in and of itself, but made worse by its mind-numbingly stupid content, casual sexism, and pretensions of being an outlet for groundbreaking investigative journalism.