From his early days of hiding his music and being afraid to perform in front of an audience, Dan Smith and his band, Bastille, have left their mark on the music world. Their most famous song, “Pompeii,” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. It’s hard to believe that it is already five years old. The song and its accompanying music video offer us a chance to take a hard look… Read More →The Rubble or Our Sins?
An Unsettling “Black Mirror”First airing on Netflix in 2011, Black Mirror is one of the most disturbing shows ever. Each stand-alone episode is set in the uncomfortably near future, exploring the ever-increasing (and often unsettling) role of technology in everyday life. As technology advances at a faster and faster pace in our world, the show raises questions about the ethical use of technology and what happens when technology gets out of control—or rather, when humans… Read More →Blocked in the Black Mirror
Christopher Nolan is no small name in Hollywood. Known for blockbuster hits like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, the director never fails to deliver thought-provoking, intense movies. Given this record, many were disappointed by his 2014 space adventure, Interstellar. The time-bending story received mixed reviews from fans and critics. However, the film raises interesting questions about human ingenuity, love, the environment, and social progress. In the film, the earth is in the midst… Read More →Caretakers or Pioneers?
According to one source, every 13 seconds someone in the United States files for divorce.1 Though the divorce rate has been declining for years, about 50% of children will still see their parents getting divorced in their lifetime.2 These statistics are devastating and should be cause for lament. Of course, the effect on the man and woman is terrible, but children also experience great pain, confusion, and heartache when their parents separate. While giving music… Read More →When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t
[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom] Messing with Genetics Fourteen years after the disastrous Jurassic Park 3, Colin Trevorrow resurrected the Jurassic Park franchise with Jurassic World. True, the plot was a little predictable, but people loved it. And it’s not hard to see why, after all, dinosaurs are pretty cool. Raking in over $650,000,000, the film rocketed to the sixth highest grossing movie of… Read More →Alive, Like Me
Since their first studio album, Vessel, released in 2013, the band Twenty One Pilots has been tearing up the music scene with their unique sound and deep, introspective lyrics. In a world where most pop songs are about shallow love affairs, Twenty One Pilots has carved out a singular space where they can talk about hard things that people face, like fear, depression, suicidal thoughts, and insecurity. If you’ve listened to their music, you know that… Read More →“I Liked it Better When My Car Had Sound”
Over the past nine years, YouTube sensation Julian Smith has entertained audiences with his hilarious short sketches, original music, and wry sense of humor. His channel currently has over 1,800,000 subscribers. He’s gone on to write and direct commercials, as well as beginning a podcast called Spellbound. Sometimes his videos are just crazy, but many of them contain interesting social messages. In this sketch, Julian looks at the addiction people have to the Internet and… Read More →I’m Jogging!
A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples. Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies
“Am I a communist?” So asks the daughter of legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 film, Trumbo. The film is concerned with the events of the 1940s-50s surrounding the Hollywood blacklist. During this controversial period, artists, filmmakers, and screenwriters suspected of having communist affiliations were brought before anti-communist committees. Many were barred from working in their respective industries for having previous ties to the Communist Party. Filmmakers went to other countries to make their… Read More →The Commie Test
John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” is one of the enduring classics from the 1970s. Lennon was a member of the Beatles and an avid political activist. “Imagine” is an anthem of Secularism and remains extremely popular to this day. In fact, it practically sums up the secular worldview in three minutes. You can listen to a modern version here. Living for Today Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below… Read More →Can you imagine?
[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film The Village]. In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, a group of people—all of whom have experienced a personal tragedy—decide to start a village in the middle of the woods to isolate themselves from the pain, sin, and wickedness in the outside world. In order to do so, they construct a village, dress likes it’s the 1880s, and create a fear that monsters surround… Read More →Don’t leave the Village