Ana Vladescu

OPINION | Sow Doubt, Reap Treasure: Vaccine Skepticism is Now a Bankable Character Trait

Vaccine skepticism is no longer representative of a niche; it has reached mainstream culture through media outlets, politicians, popular and religious figures, making it incredibly difficult to navigate even one day of information consumption without bumping head on into it. The result is that vaccine skepticism is a bankable character trait: it makes money for traditional and new media, it sells products and also, very importantly, it ensures votes and accrues or preserves influence for those in power.

OPINION | Why is K-pop the epitome of rapid culture change?

The speed of K-pop’s development has broken a huge amount of barriers in South Korea, including those that have been staunchly held for generations. Global K-pop bands such as Blackpink and BTS have fundamentally altered the conservative cultural landscape of South Korea and are making forays into changing the world through tackling mental health stigma and fighting for freedom of expression and creation.

OPINION | Pornography and the Myth of the Concerned User

One of the biggest problems with PornHub (and other internet pornography platforms like them) is that they play a massive part in upholding the myth of the concerned porn user. I argue that upholding this myth as it currently stands without developing it into reality is detrimental to society’s acceptance of adult content and companies like PornHub have a moral responsibility to change the status quo in a proactive, rather than reactive way.