“Formation” to Unite the Nation

Editor’s Note: If you would like to see the music video for Beyoncé’s “Formation,” you can click here. In 2005 of August, Hurricane Katrina forced around 1.5 million people to evacuate and around 700 people are still missing today. Recovery for this incident took years and many citizens have not recovered financially. Many believe that […]

No Sweet Tooth, Just Trigger Fingers

Editor’s Note: The following essay refers to an advertisement that can be viewed here. A smaller version has also been included in the text. Americans have a special relationship with guns. Gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, but some people believe the rights of citizens to own guns […]

Women in Films: Sidekick or Equal

Analyzing images helps deconstruct the message the image is trying to convey and helps us understand why everything is portrayed the way it is. As Jack Solomon explains in his article, “Reading Visual Images Actively,” “In analyzing images, you will develop the ability to identify specific telling details and specific evidence” (33). Supremacy is the […]

What Makes a Man

Finding the yin to your yang is a quest most people spend their lives searching for.  In the novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante are teens on their way to discovering who they are. The narrator of this novel is Aristotle, aka “Ari.” […]

Target: Empowering the People

In today’s marketing trends, gender based products is just the norm in the United States. This has become a great controversy in the past few years, due to a higher level of gender equality as well as same sex marriage being legalized. Target is a large corporation that is taking a big hit for introducing […]

Axe Advertising

Advertising is everywhere,  and although people may think it does not have an effect on them, ads affect everyone. The average person views about 1700 banner ads in the span of a month (Morrissey). In just about 4 hours of watching television people can see about 100 ads. Most people seem to believe that ads […]

Running Out of Water

The environment is a provider for every species on earth. Humans, animals, plants, and other resources need the basic essentials such as water, food, and land in order to sustain their lives. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), “About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water- covered … The vast majority of […]

The Struggles of Gender and Sexual Identity in Modern Society

American society shames specific people based on how they identify themselves. In the novel Every Day by David Levithan and the article called “Relearning the Mothertongue: Notes from a Second Generation Queer ” by Ryn Gluckman, both authors discuss gender and sexual identities. The novel’s main character “A” changes bodies each day and isn’t able to stay within one gender […]

A Beautiful Perception – Auriana Adams

This author challenges our contemporary beauty standards by analyzing and comparing the visual rhetoric in two women’s jean advertisements. This essay serves as a compelling example of the rhetorical analysis genre while also exploring the exigence of scrutinizing contemporary beauty standards. To read the full essay, click here.

Blog Post on Video Games and Violence – Jack Rocco

In this blog post, the author takes on a controversial topic arguing against those who blame video games for rises in gun violence. The author uses several sources from both sides of the debate to construct a cogent argument. The professional tone and well-researched argument in this piece, make it an excellent example of the […]