Game of Thrones and Marxism

Hegemony is the dominance of particular ideas by one group over that of other groups. (Sellnow, 2014) Game of Thrones will reinforce the idea of hegemony regarding materialistic possessions and wealth. One of the main storylines in Game of Thrones is focused on who owns the land and the Seven Kingdoms, which ultimately decides who... Continue Reading →

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Food Advertising Targeted Towards Children

I have known for a while about the health crisis in America. Obesity is a very real issue for both adults and children. It seems much harder nowadays to stick to a healthier diet because there is a surplus of products on the market that are high in sodium, fat or have too many sugars.... Continue Reading →

Social Media Analysis: Minnesota Wild

Introduction: I chose to do my analysis on the Minnesota Wild for a couple reasons. First off, they are my favorite National Hockey League team (Yes, I will be practicing objectivity during this assignment). But there is a more important reason, and that is, that currently this team is in the top spot in their... Continue Reading →

Critical Theory

What exactly is critical theory? The textbook definition of critical theory is, “critical theory is a social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding or explaining it.” (Crossman, 2014) To make it more understandable, critical theory is about being critical about the current... Continue Reading →

Feature: Chris Klaxton

Chris Klaxton is a faculty member in PSU’s music, theatre, and dance program. Klaxton first started playing music at a young age, “I started taking piano lessons at age 8. Picked up the trumpet at age 10 and both instruments stuck with me.” Klaxton is originally from southern New Hampshire and went to Timberlane High... Continue Reading →

Interdisciplinary Studies at a Crossroads: A summary

When researching an article relating to interdisciplinary studies (IDS), I found Ethan Kleinberg's written piece on the challenges and criticism facing interdisciplinarity.  Kleinberg's article in particular struck me, because it wasn't just about how great IDS is, he also talked about the criticism it faces, and the upcoming challenges. Knowing about these things is just as... Continue Reading →

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