Have peace your way (with ketchup)

By Mikey Tittinger

Taking vigorous action to bring about social change, or activism, comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it comes wrapped in a foldable, food-grade paper burger box.

 

Despite getting a big, greasy fat rejection from its rival with the golden arches, Burger King is pressing on with an attempt to create a showpiece burger in harmony with other fast-food joints. All in the name of peace. The King needs its fellow jesters to help create (and market) the Peace Burger, a one-day Frankenstein merger of meat patties to honor the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Sept. 21).

 

They’re spreading peace like they slather Whopper sauce.

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Caution! That video is dangerous

By Katharine Romefelt
The wide broadcasting of last week’s tragedy in Roanoke has renewed the debate about firearms in our country. But it also raises concerns over the merits of violent videos on social media.
Some exposure to tragic events can be a good thing, in that they prompt activism or bring a community together. Following the Rodney King footage in 1991, when white police officers were filmed repeatedly beating a black suspect after a high-speed chase, efforts to curb police brutality and retrain officers were put into effect. But we aren’t obligated to watch every morbid event caught on film to become more knowledgeable about the world.

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Kanye is our warrior for the arts

By Katharine Romefelt

Even if you’re a Kanye hater, you can’t deny that his speech at MTV’s Video Music Awards over the weekend was a shot in the arm for the arts. Striking a balance of regret and self-righteousness, West said his blunt comments made at the show in 2009 were all part of his ongoing “fight” for artists.

 

The outspoken rapper said he’d begun to resent awards shows after witnessing Justin Timberlake, Cee Lo Green and Gnarles Barkley all lose after recording their greatest albums. The infamous moment when West rushed the stage to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech was triggered by built-up emotions.

 

But Kanye was interested in more than just apologizing for past actions on Sunday. He exclaimed that he would “die for the art, for what [he] believes in, and the art ain’t always gonna be polite”.

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Teens can rock the election

By Katharine Romefelt

Whatever your age, you can make a statement! Speaking to millions is possible for everyone through YouTube and social media. With her sweet musical “homage” to a certain presidential hopeful, 13-year-old Molly Bergman did just that. Her clever little tune “Dear Mr. Trump” has already reached close to 200,000 people.

 

Controversial remarks about immigrants and women have made Trump a target of many, and he’s hardly couched his statements during his presidential run. His popularity among voters isn’t funny anymore. Thankfully, everyone has the right to be heard in this country, not just those who scream the loudest.

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Activism isn’t a popularity contest

By Megan Tambio

According to the Internet, Aug. 10 marked one of the most momentous days of our time: Kylie Jenner turned 18.

 

This may just seem like the standard vapidity we’ve become so accustomed to, but the media’s obsession with Miss Jenner’s birthday is particularly frustrating when you consider that Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and general badass, turned 18 the month before (July 12). Did you know that?

 

It begs the question: Why the excessive coverage of Jenner and nothing for Malala?

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