Editorial: Media plays an important role in mass atrocities

This past weekend, Carleton University hosted a conference called “Media and Mass Atrocities: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond,” which sought to discuss how reporting on mass atrocities like the Rwandan genocide could bring about change. Extensive coverage of the genocide inspired the public to demand action from their governments to intervene. The event served as a reminder about the role media plays in covering such heinous crimes against humanity. Paul Watson, a journalist who covered the genocide, spoke about how reporting can garner the public’s attention to atrocities happening in other parts of the world. For example, the image of  Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach made everyone’s head turn towards the Syrian civil war and […]

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Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

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Editorial: Movies, T.V. should better reflect multiculturalism

Despite the ever-increasing multicultural nature of our world, it is yet to be accurately reflected in the media we consume. Hollywood and various content creators have come under scrutiny in recent years for lacking representation and for white-washing pieces that belong to other cultures. While adaptations of movies and shows facilitate the exchange of cultures and culture sharing, it’s important not to lose the nuances of the culture in the process. Recently, Netflix’s adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note came under fire for white-washing and failing to have a cast that accurately represents the original characters. Similarly, a live-action remake of Aladdin was also criticized when actress Naomi Scott was officially cast as Princess Jasmine, as she did not […]

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Letter: Public needs to value real journalism

It’s business as usual in the journalism world: layoffs, cutbacks, and buyouts galore. With the boom of social media as a force for communication and the high influence of big business in industries everywhere, the newsroom has been in a state of flux for the last few years. It’s hard not to see these changes as detrimental to the values meant to drive journalism: the preservation of democracy and the search for truth. Recently, Postmedia cut down on local coverage in the print editions of its Ottawa papers, which means yet again more layoffs of its content creators, although Postmedia has not specified what the layoff plans will be. As a journalism student, I feel quite pessimistic about the future […]

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Letter: Institutions need to stop doubting sexual assault cases

“She must be doing it just for the attention or money.” This justification is uttered almost every time a rape case breaks in the news, and I’m sure it’s often whispered when a girl comes forward in her social circle. It’s even worse when someone comes forward accusing someone famous, as is painfully evident when presidential candidate Donald Trump claims that women accusing him are seeking “10 seconds of fame” during a national debate. Women and men who come forward about sexual assault are faced with such a barrage of doubt, it is no wonder that some don’t come forward. Imagine something terrible happens to you and no one believes you. If it was someone you know who did it, […]

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