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Sexy Nuns and Machine Guns: 2D Characters in 3D Worlds

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 11)
               With a short but engorged history of female and minority misrepresentation, it comes as no surprise that even though the graphics of video games are only getting better and more realistic, the characters are still somehow becoming increasingly two-dimensional. The Hitman franchise,...

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The Co-Existence of French and English in Québec

Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert
Patrice Bergeron wrote an article for La Presse, a francophone journal, entitled ‘’Le Québec peut aussi parler au monde en Anglais, dit Lisée’’*. This article was published on February 1, 2017, and the following is a summary of Bergeron’s text (

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The New Reality for the Media in the Era of Trump: Adapt or Die

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
When Trump tweeted that he won the popular vote because “millions voted illegally”, the news media had no trouble parroting his claim. This unfounded allegation made the rounds on media outlets of various political spectrums, but most were not quick to dispute it live (Calderone 2016). In this...

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The Indian on the Edge of Civilization

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
           The Dakota Access pipeline protests by the Standing Rock Sioux people and other Aboriginal tribes is an attempt to protect sacred land and avoid water contamination of the Mississippi river. Through the media coverage of the affair, the moral dilemma arises of the representation of...

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A Picture is Worth A Wrong Million Words

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
In our increasingly digital age, photography has become popular and the role of photojournalists has grown in the media, however, “the special problems of violence and truth telling in wartime and issues of how to handle graphic images across media platforms receive virtually no attention” (Keith...
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Was She Asking For It? - A Teleological Ethical Analysis of News Media Coverage on Sexual Assault

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
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...

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Human Biology BIO 109 Dr Decker Spring 2017
   In the article, Fractions of Americans with Drug Addiction receive treatment, Surgeon General says.  it is about the millions of American’s suffering from alcoholism and addiction to both legal and illegal drugs and how only a fraction of them receive proper treatment. it states that one in...

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Reporting or Spreading? The Ethical Dilemma of ISIS Propaganda News Coverage

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
In the past few years, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has wreaked havoc throughout the Middle East and the Western world through its war crimes, destruction of cultural heritage, and displays of violence against civilians...

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

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
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...
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The Ugliness Behind Cosmetic Surgery Endorsement

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
       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...

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Donald and the Tweety Bird: The Ethical Analysis of President Trump’s False Twitter Claims

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
Social media has reshaped the way information is transmitted throughout the world. Websites such as Twitter or Facebook promote the global spreading of information instantaneously, a phenomenon that could not occur prior to the Internet. Famous people, by definition, possess an especially vast audience and this is reflected in amount of engagement their online accounts receive. Because of this, the question of whether or not influential figures have the moral obligation to use social media with care in order to not spread misinformation must be considered.

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The Virtue of Guilt in Modern Video Gaming

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
“The US military does not condone the killing of unarmed combatants. But this isn't real, so why should you care?”(Yager, 2012) This uncomfortable line presents itself during loading screens of the game Spec Ops: The Line as it progresses towards its inevitable conclusion. This discomforting message seeks to remind the player of one very important thing: You are not a passive observer, you are in control and you are responsible.
The guy who cut...

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Rated M for Mature: Violent Video Games Affects Behaviour?

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
Videogames have seen a spike in popularity over the past decade, and with half of the North American population actively playing games, it has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Although earlier games have had problems with sexualization of female characters, stereotypically muscular and stoic male characters, and little to no LGBT characters, games such as The Last of Us, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted and many more have broken down most of these barriers. However, statistically, most of the games in the past decade have contained some form of violence.

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Is Ghost in the Shell Hollywood’s Latest Whitewashed Movie? The Lack of Opportunity and the Restrict...

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
“50% of all film, TV and digital services don’t have a named or speaking Asian character” (Waurenchen, “Race” 6). Although individuals of Asian descent constitute 5.6% of the population of the United States (Wikipedia contributors), they are exceedingly underrepresented in Hollywood’s predominantly white film industry, often restricted to portray a select few roles constructed upon racial stereotypes.

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The Power of Social Media Influence: Morality in Youtube Sponsorships

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
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The New Reality for the Media in the Era of Trump: Adapt or Die

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
When Trump tweeted that he won the popular vote because “millions voted illegally”, the news media had no trouble parroting his claim. This unfounded allegation made the rounds on media outlets of various political spectrums, but most were not quick to dispute it live (Calderone 2016). In this context, the news media has to reconsider its part in the circulation of these stories, particularly in the context of their role as both watchdogs against abuses of power and gatekeepers to the market of ideas.

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Skin does not wear skin

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
  As the global economic getting better and the living standard gradually improving, people are now focusing on enhancing the living quality. They care about their way of talking, their manners, and most importantly their appearance. Nowadays’ people pay more attention to how the clothes are designed, which material are used, with what colors the cloth can be matched. The clothes are the important factor to define a person’s social status during the first meeting, it is very easy to tell whether if a person is wealthy or not by simply looking at their clothes.

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Can War Ever be Justified?

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
The world is becoming an increasingly uncertain place. Children are being slaughtered, elderly people are being butchered, women are being enslaved and men are being killed. For many people around the globe, the guarantee of safety and life for the coming seconds of their lives is uncertain. The middle east is in chaos and the West is dealing with an existential crisis: The choice between nationalism and multiculturalism.

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American Apparel: Not what you thought

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
Fashion in High School was all about “American Apparel.”  The vast majority of students would be covered from head to toe with the company’s clothing on a daily basis. The trend has died down, but there are still several supporters of the company. However, it was such an impactful trend that people started to ignore their advertisements. This should not be a surprise, due to the fact that when people are sincerely attached to a product line, they tend to ignore any possible negativity that halo’s over the company.

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CLICK BAIT: Inciteful, Not Insightful

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
        The democratic system can only thrive so long as it has the correct mechanisms to perpetuate and disseminate political thought. Traditionally, the hidden powers that permit democracy have manifested through the relationship between politicians and journalists. However, the democratic  promise is currently under attack as  politicians become stagnated by the disastrous effects that sensationalized click bait headlines can have on their public perception. In President Barack Obama’s farewell speech,  he addressed issues pertaining to the growing income inequality in America.

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When I tell people I am volunteering to help the environment, one of two reactions occur. Either they fully support me and encourage me or they tell me in despair that they don’t believe my actions will do much good in the grand scheme of things. The weird thing is, no one seems to be opposed to the idea of being environmentally conscious.

This semester, I have had two main volunteer projects ongoing. The first was the collection of signatures for a petition that aims to preserve biodiversity. The second was to help the plight of the monarch butterfly which is facing extinction.

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