Arts and Culture

The pro-pot problem: the issue of positive representations of Cannabis in Media

 In episode 285 of the Simpsons, “Weekend at Burnsie’s”, Homer Simpson is introduced to medicinal marijuana, which helps induce a state of calm and euphoria for him, but also results in him cutting his face shaving, forgetting that he owns a kitchen, and accidentally signing a petition criminalizing his newfound medicine.

Was She Asking For It? - A Teleological Ethical Analysis of News Media Coverage on Sexual Assault

In modern Western society, although sexual assault is one of the most common forms of violence used against women, it remains as one of the most under-reported crimes due to the various actors in our society that perpetuate rape mythology - most notably, the news media. News coverage of sexual assault is presented through a lens that is all too often apologetic on the part of the accused, who tend to be humanized.  In stark contrast, the victims of the crime are commonly characterized as drunken, irresponsible young women who got into trouble or got what they deserved.

Mega-Corporations in the Skateboarding Industry

During the two past decades, Nike was able to secure its position in theskateboarding industry. It used extensive and effective advertising, sponsored some of the most recognized professionals and contests, collaborated with major brands, and went as far as knocking some of the most established ones out of business. Nike’s business strategy was clearly successful, but the reactions that it caused within the skateboarding community worldwide are also noticeable. More and more skaters are trying to support skater-owned brands, by solidarity.

Racial Minority "In The Shell"

              In recent years, there has been a lot of controversies surrounding the underrepresentation of certain races in mainstream media. Following the #OscarsSoWhite phenomenon, Hollywood is now constantly under fire for not casting visible minorities in leading roles, especially for their adaptations of foreign media. Ghost in the Shell did not help its case when director Rupert Sanders decided to cast Scarlett Johansson as his movie's leading role, which was originally portrayed in the manga as a Japanese girl (or cyborg), Motoko Kusanagi.

Pepsi Max: A Privileged Supermodel’s Guide to Solving Racism

Advertisement is a form of communication that allows a company to reach a target market in order to increase their revenue. Companies have included very artistic approaches in order to catch the attention of viewers to gain popularity and some have also included endorsements from celebrities in order to be more appealing to their target audience. However, advertisements cannot be as effective as companies want them to be if the message or the way in which the ad is presented become immoral.

The Charlie Hebdo of Video Games? A Utilitarian Approach to Edmund McMillen's The Binding of Isaac

Edmund McMillen is an independent video game designer best known for his video games Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac. Originally released in 2011, The Binding of Isaac and its 2014 remake, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, have seen massive commercial and critical success, with critics lauding its addicting gameplay, randomized (roguelike) elements, and its dark themes, specifically pertaining to religion.

The Ugliness Behind Cosmetic Surgery Endorsement

       In February, the Korean girl group Six Bomb has revealed their teaser image for their music video "Becoming Prettier Before” (“Becoming Prettier Before”). The image shows the four young women wrapped in colorful bandages while their new faces, which have cost 100 million KRW or $88,000 to their management company, are revealed in the music video “Becoming Prettier After” (“Mathew”).

You are the Monster, the "No Russian" controversy of 2009

           At the time of its release in 2009, Infinity Ward’s new Call of Duty game, “Modern Warfare 2”, was critically acclaimed and viewed as one of the best video games to have ever been released in its genre. The game was praised for its entertaining multiplayer and its story driven campaign[1], but it was faced with massive controversy at launch. Why?

How to realize a short movie


There are many types of production, the one  I chose to concentrate is the short film. When people think of a movie, they immediately

imagines cameras and actors, but the process includes much more than just filming. I will highlight the main steps oh the production of a short film.