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The New World Order: Censorship, Hacktivism, and Online Collectivism
Research

The New World Order: Censorship, Hacktivism, and Online Collectivism

Social movements have become a vital platform through which citizens around the world can pursue change. Although the forms and procedures of movements vary, participants are mobilized by shared values and a collective goal. The emergence of online activity based activism is no different; while it is subject to a unique set of criticisms and … Continue reading

Research

The Women of ISIS: An Analysis of the Motives and Perspectives of Foreign and Native Islamic State Recruits

  The Islamic State has changed the way in which we understand international conflict, especially in the controversial topics of gender and religion. As the radical group has gained ground in the Middle East, it has ascended to the forefront of international news; what has interested scholars specifically is the involvement of women in the … Continue reading

Practice Run
Musings

Practice Run

The first time I felt the sting of haphazard words thrown my way, I must have been younger than ten years old. They don’t tell you that kids are cruel. That elementary school prepares you, in the most aggressive way, for life after adolescence. My name was only as relevant as the number of ways … Continue reading

Appropriation or Appreciation?
Personal Essays

Appropriation or Appreciation?

Once again, the idea of being reduced to mascots of our cultures has brought self-proclaimed social justice warriors out of their cave-like bedrooms and away from their Tumblr pages. It has brought the ‘cultural appropriation’ conversation back to the forefront of websites like Buzzfeed that pride themselves on click baiting, fact checking, Twitter screenshots, and … Continue reading

Liminal
Personal Essays

Liminal

“You don’t have to choose between the identity that your parents have and being a Canadian citizen.” Recently, Justin Trudeau took the stage at the World Economic Forum to discuss the role of the public school system in the creation of a mainstream Canadian culture. A culture that is inclusive, accommodating, and good-natured. We’ve known … Continue reading

The Spectacle
Personal Essays

The Spectacle

While superheroes have been a long withstanding part of popular culture, we’ve seen a drastic rise in support, production, and outright fanboy-ing in recent years. What is it that has transformed superheroes from the quiet icons of the traditionally alienated nerd class to a mainstream phenomenon? There are plenty of reasons I could research and … Continue reading