“The Batman” Review

This film marks the eleventh live-action adaptation of Batman since 1966, with its star, Robert Pattinson, being the third Batman actor in less than 20 years. The continued prominence of Batman in mainstream culture begs the question: how does a universally recognizable, 80-year-old character with countless appearances across mediums stay relevant?

Let’s Combat Microtrends

Every time I swipe, there is a new “Shopping Haul” or “What I Wear in a Week” video. I see new viral videos every day of users wearing unique outfits and every other comment begs to know where it is from. Thus, another “Microtrend” is born. Microtrends are short-lived trends created by the fast-paced nature of social media.

Growing Up in the Gun Violence Epidemic

Gun violence is a gruesome epidemic that permeates every part of our culture, and growing up with it can be exhausting. The percentage of gun related deaths every year in the U.S. far surpasses those of countries with similar levels of economic development. According to NPR, the United States’ rate of gun violence deaths is more than eight times the rate of Canada, and almost 100 times higher than the United Kingdom.