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October 22, 2017

Sociology

HMS Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore: Plot Summary and Analysis

The H.M.S. Pinafore, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera which was first presented at London’s Opera Comique on May 25th, 1878. It should be relevant to discuss how successful this play was during its original running, having exactly 571 performances before fading off the stage – making it the second-longest running of a musical theatre piece at the time. The fourth collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore was their first international sensation and eventually becoming one of the most intriguing plays of the era.

Book Review: A History of the Wife

A History of the Wife is one of the best sociological works containing immense historical attributes and impactful perspectives that stuck with me from beginning to end. From the biblical tales of Adam and Eve to the late 1990’s representation of Hillary Clinton, author Marilyn Yalom drew records of historical significance and combined them with written analysis. A senior scholar at the Institute for Women and Gender at Stanford University (as of 2002), Marilyn Yalom obviously is an expert in the sociological constructs of gender and the passion for understanding the “roles” of husband and wife are blatantly obvious through every page.

Orlando Shooting

What Orlando Proves About Misconceptions of Terrorism

We live in a society that has beat the dead horse in a sense when it comes to the word “terrorism”. Ever since 9/11, our American senses have been short-shocked to imagine religion in the form of Islam to be the only form of “terrorism”. This is a horrendous misconception, with Americans going as far as completely ignoring domestic terrorism right before their very eyes because “the suspect doesn’t look like what we’ve been told a terrorist is.”

Love in Our Society

Romantic love is not an ancient relic or social construct from long ago. Most historical societies, as recognized through works of traditional recollection, didn’t experience love as modern western society experiences it today. The formation of families were never witnessed in a loving relationship turning to fruition with engagement and cohabitation. It was something based on the formality of marriage, often arranged. People were not allowed to choose who they were going to marry, with romantic adventures being nonexistent up until in the very least the early 1800s.

The Emoji Bible: Perpetuating Bullshit

I’m not happy with this. It’s not cool, it’s not hip, it’s not worth anything. It’s some fad that’s going to take the internet by storm and stay there to remain a sociological “slang” in our culture. I guarantee we’ll start seeing emoji quotes everywhere, because of the importance of finding loopholes in character limits mixing with pure and sheer laziness.

Life and Nihilism

The Meaning of Life’s Existential Dilemma

What is meaning of life? That is the question that has haunting humanity since the very first primitive man developed a large scale frontal lobe. We as a species don’t like non-specified answers. We don’t like being left in the dark, yet we’ll turn around and say ignorance is bliss. Our minds are hardwired to question everything; yet it seems as if our “souls” are hardwired to be stubborn, hesitant towards change or information that might discredit our own personal philosophy or god complex.

The Pyramids

Mankind’s Innovative Ingenuity: Genius or Labor?

All of these man-made wonders of the world our “intellectuals of society” brought into the light were indeed made, finished, or completed by the common man. We credit so much to the individuals who thought of or observed the creation of the symbols of our society, yet tend to ignore the “proletariat” in a sense. So, a question can be asked here. Who should be credited more for the pyramids; the Pharaohs who thought of them or the workers that built them? Is it genius or is it labor that created the world that we live in today?

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The Third Wave: A Social Experiment

Let me introduce you to The Third Wave, a social experiment that took place in a Californian high school during April of 1967. High school history teacher Ron Jones found it difficult to answer the question “How did the Germans not realize what the Nazis were doing during the Second World War?” His students, your typical 15-year-old sophomores within a contemporary world history class, could not grasp the idea that the Germans claimed ignorance when it came to the extermination of the Jewish people within the Holocaust. Lost for words, Mr. Jones decided to demonstrate it to his students.

Kim & Kanye

The Cult of Personality in Modern Media

We see articles about the bored sociopath Kanye West and his egotistical whore of a wife Kim Kardashian almost every single day. We see articles about Hillary Clinton’s “favorite emoticons” rather than her political platforms. We see articles concerning celebrities doing literally absolutely nothing instead of warfare and plague. We ignore the things that actually matter in favor of catching up on modern culture and media propaganda!

Color Psychology.

The Psychology of Color

Have you ever wondered about the colors you see on a day to day basis? Have you ever wondered what exactly about colors interest your mind to the point where you perceive objects with more color as intriguing? Have you ever wondered if your shade of red is the same shade as everyone else’s shade of red, or that perhaps the color spectrum might be flipped for everyone except for you? Have you wondered why those marketing advertisements work wonders on your subconscious?

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