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Joseph Kaminski

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November 20, 2017

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The Hypocrisy of News Media

What I hate about journalism is how easy it is to corrupt with garbage in the form of bias, inaccuracy, and just overall stupidity. What I hate even more would be how quickly people fall for such garbage. What I hate the most would be how modern day attention spans are so short and people tend to be so stupid that important events that should shake the playing field are forgotten about in less than a week and non-important ones are exaggerated and remembered years later. Some can say it is the news itself, which focusing more and more on worthless data while sliding important details in that stupid scrolling bar nobody reads at the bottom of the screen and oftentimes ignoring it entirely.

The Political Fate of Bonwit Teller

In a time when New York was the home of sophistication — full of polished and refined storefronts and shops that dedicated themselves to a department era of consumerism — the Fifth Avenue Bonwit Teller (known as the Stewart & Company store on its completion in 1929) was the perfect representation of the time.

Powerball Fever: The Disease of the Middle Class

The American obsession with money has been present throughout our history. The media — whether it be news networks like CNN or entertainment channels like MTV — teach our society that greed is good. We’re force-fed wealthy propaganda, seeing stories and advertisements for the “best cars”, “most expensive colognes and perfumes”, “great shoes”. People proudly show off their wealth on television, a nonstop wave of new-age Hollywood movies glorify the lifestyles of the elite men and women of America, and American politics have proven time and time again that money is behind anything. Then we have the dreaded Powerball lottery.

A Review of Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

For Obama and Biden, bittersweet nostalgia had to have been present. They’ve been doing this for eight years now, and this is their last. But now, they’ve made it to the final stretch – the last flight of stairs in the peak of their careers. For Obama, this is his final year as President. What he does after this is up to him – whether he intends on going back to Chicago or developing his narratives – but the journey as President is almost over.

60 Years of Campaign Advertisements: NOTHING Has CHANGED

Every political candidate has a crowd of people behind them, whether they be a cabinet of billionaires or a massive grassroots campaign, which do just about anything they can to reach a common goal: to get the name of their candidate heard across the fifty states of America. With today’s modern globalization, it’s becoming easier and easier to not only place propaganda into the eyes and minds of citizens, but also dig up personal dirt.

Rand Paul’s Pathetic Campaign

Rand Paul, a libertarian Senator from Kentucky, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination on April 7th, 2015, making him the second conservative candidate to jump into the race (wedged between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, making him the meat of a boneheaded sandwich).

The Establishment Video Game Industry

In modern America, the video game industry makes a whopping $22.41 billion dollars annually. The idea of entertainment, especially at our fingertips, has rapidly expanded into our everyday lives to create new advancements in technology, design, and (of course) corporate profits. With new platforms such as the mobile industry and ever-growing consoles taking control of the aspects of consumer entertainment, video games are becoming more and more prominent in our society. The video game industry has forced itself into our lives.

Happy 103rd Birthday to Richard Nixon

Nixon is an interesting case, making him one of my personal favorite Presidents. While most people tend to despise Nixon, I look at him differently, and through my research I’ve yet to find sufficient enough reasoning for him to go down in history as despicable. Most people, if you go around asking, can only say one thing about Nixon’s presidency: Watergate. I’m sorry, but if you’re only historically aware of Nixon’s position in Watergate, then you really aren’t qualified to judge a five-year political reign.

The Hypocrisy of the GOP

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”

A Year After Charlie Hebdo

On January 7th, 2015, a mass shooting of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, carried out by two Islamist gunmen who identified themselves as radical Al-Qaeda members from Yemen. These two men, brothers by the names of Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, along with a third gunman and close friend by the name of Amedy Coulibaly, were responsible for the largest terror attack in France since the June 1961 Vitry-Le-François train bombing which killed twenty-eight and injured 100+. The saddening fact is the Charlie Hebdo shootings weren’t going to be the most deadly attack on French soil in 2015.

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