The Gays’ Gaze: Even Mole Women Need Gay Best Friends

netflix-Unbreakable-Kimmy-Scmidt-reviewThe Gays’ Gaze is queer entertainment column–the most NYU (but not the most Gallatin) thing to ever happen.In the first episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, our adorable and naive titular character, played by Ellie Kemper, has just been released from living in an underground bunker for fifteen years, after she was kidnapped by a post-apocalyptic cult. “You made a black friend!” she congratulates herself in the first episode, grinning wide, eager …

Social Media Week Celebrates Worldwide Causes And Brand New Platforms

Screen-Shot-2015-02-20-at-2.42.00-PMFor one moment, let’s cast aside the somewhat looming fears that our phones have cut away any lasting hopes in advancing human relationships. Let’s forget any judgments we have passed in the last few years, in the midst of the social media rise. Let’s try and look at the bright side of this digital revolution (a.k.a the present).If we do so, we may have a light at the end of the tunnel that …

If We Were Really “All In This Together,” High School Musical Would Have Been More Inclusive

I’m a millennial. I had TV access during my childhood and adolescence. I liked music. It was so that the High School Musical craze hit me like a wrecking ball in the days of yore—namely, 2006. Disney got me hooked on the short commercials months before they set the premiere date: for us Brazilians it was July 31st, a crisp wintery Monday. From the very beginning and probably until my deathbed, HSM …

Should We Be Scared Of The Koch Brothers’ Possible Newspaper Buyout?

Hey, remember last week, when the newspaper reporter was named 2013’s worst job of the year–outranking lumberjack, actor, and even soldier? Remember 2007, when the Wall Street Journal, one of the most prominent financial newspapers in the world, was bought out by none other than Rupert Murdoch? And remember those couple of newspapers that were forced to go out of business because nobody was buying their paper copies?You probably know the Tribune Company …

NYT Editor Jill Abramson Talks To NYU About Millennials And White House Access

Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times, made an appearance last night at NYU’s journalism school. In her hour-and-a-half conversation with NYU professor Meryl Gordon she touched on what it’s like to be executive editor (“I don’t get to complain anymore.”), what the Times thinks of your potty mouth (“If a swear word is gonna be used and is actually consequential to the …

Internship Confessions: Despite Recent Labor Reform, Condé Nast Still Breaks the Rules

Copy-making, coffee-fetching, envelope delivering. It’s a job description that seems typical of a personal assistant’s job, just like that of Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada. These days, it’s not uncommon to find the same job description applied to interns, except unlike the college-grad P.A. Hathaway portrays in the movie, interns usually don’t get paid for running errands. In recent years, unpaid internships have muddled the lines between personal assisting and educational …

The Millennial Arm Of ‘The Nation’ Wants To Know What You Want

How often do you see a mainstay journalistic institution run a website devoted to young people? Not often. How often do you see them do it well? We’re inclined to say never. When we are in the news, we’re either the “failure to launch” generation or the apathetic narcissists. Or, at the news cycle’s most bleak, we’re just the impossible hipsters. It’s enough to make a self-respecting millennial rage-quit the internet.But …

Filmmakers, Photojournalists Gave Us A Lot To Think About At Gallatin’s Human Rights & New Media Panel

This week, Gallatin  has been hosting a three-day Human Rights Conference with five separate panels. Yesterday afternoon, four panelists assembled at the Human Rights and Media panel to discuss the coverage of human rights issues in this age of new media.The panelists were all filmmakers and photojournalists seeking to push socially conscious messages. But instead of utilizing traditional print media, they emphasized new media’s ability to spread and inspire awareness.Each of …

News Corp.’s Sky News Is A Wannabe Anonymous

Yesterday News Corp.’s Sky News announced that it authorized journalists to hack into private email accounts on two occasions. While the TV station’s press release further corroborates claims regarding Rupert Murdoch’s woeful incompetence and News Corp.’s clear lack of effective self-regulating mechanisms, Sky News’s defense for its illicit actions is, perhaps, the aspect of this story that is most worthy of comment.In his statement, John Ryley, executive editor of Sky News, argues …

If The UK Won’t Put Up With The Murdochs, Why Do We?

“This terrible thing happened on your watch, Mr. Murdoch.”Conservative British MP Julie Mensch uttered the line at a parliamentary hearing back in July, called in response to News Corp.’s phone hacking scandal. Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, had all but wrapped up their testimony. The Murdochs essentially blamed lower levels of management for failing to stop News Corp.-owned tabloid, News of the World, from hacking into the private voicemails of thousands of British citizens. Mensch …

CNN Loses Half Of Its Audience To The Interwebs

If you’re reading this right now, you’re one of the tens of millions of people nationwide that has come to rely on the Internet and its scores of independent news sources to stay up to date with current events. You also happen to be a particularly nasty thorn in the mainstream media’s side, as news giants CNN and FOX continue this year’s truly horrendous downward trend in viewership and ratings.CNN reported a 50% …