Family & Friends or Public?


Grey’s Anatomy is a renowned American medical drama series that premieres on ABC is about various challenges the characters face in terms of personal and medical decisions. The encounters the characters face test their moral beliefs and values as they choose between the lively hood of their patients and career to become surgeons. The ongoing show focuses around a few major characters, but today I will be talking about four of them: Meredith Grey, Derek Shepard, Richard Webber, and Alex Karev. Dr. Webber is the Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital along with Dr. Shepard as an attending who oversees the residents, Dr. Grey and Dr. Karev, who have become close friends over the course of their residency. This show displays numerous moments of internal conflict based on the oath they have sworn to as doctors.

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Go Play Princess: The Gamergate Controversy


In August 2014, female game developer Zoe Quinn released a game called Depression Quest. In spite of receiving critical acclaim, the game was met with backlash from gamers around the world. To make matters worse, a rumor that Quinn had an affair with Nathan Grayson, a video game journalist for the blog site Kotaku surfaced. Grayson was accused of trading positive coverage of female game developer Zoe Quinn’s game for the opportunity to sleep with her. Quinn has since reported receiving death threats and harassment. Continue reading Go Play Princess: The Gamergate Controversy

“You’re Fired!”


Donald Trump graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and went to New York City where he created The Trump Organization. Developed by one of the most renowned businessmen in the world, The Trump Organization has established an elite brand through real estate development, property management, sales and marketing, hotel collection, golf course portfolio, residential and commercial brokerage, publications, clothing and entertainment. One of the most well known catch phrases by Donald Trump is “You’re Fired!” When teams face Trump in the boardroom on The Apprentice television show, it is no surprise that the environment is cut throat. Donald Trump and The Trump Organization maintain a vast amount of power in the business world. Consequently, they face fierce competition within markets and rely on the success of each of their divisions to stay on top.  Continue reading “You’re Fired!”

World’s Best Boss


If there’s one person in this world who understands business, it is Michael Scott. Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell, is the Regional Manager of a paper company named Dunder Mifflin in NBC’s hit show, The Office. For those of you who have seen the show, you may be wondering how in the world Michael Scott understands business. For those of you who have never seen the show,  Michael is probably the best procrastinator of all time. Think of the laziest college student you know and multiply it by ten. He absolutely despises doing work. Once a month, Michael is tasked with validating quarterly reports by signing the documents. He procrastinates all day by prank calling one of his employees and fighting one of his employees at the karate dojo. At the end of the day, the rest of his employees must forge the signature for him.

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Government 101: Ron Swanson


“Why government matters? It doesn’t” – Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson is the Director or the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, in the TV Show Parks and Recreation. In a perfect world you probably wouldn’t expect a government official to say that the work he is doing is basically pointless and useless. Well, Ron Swanson is not your ordinary government official… He is a hard-core libertarian who thinks that anything government related should be privatized and he is not afraid of expressing his demise against the government by quotes like “It’s never too early to learn that the government is a greedy piglet that suckles on a taxpayer’s teet until they have sore, chapped nipples”. Yet, as a government official his paycheck comes directly from taxpayer’s money, and he still continues his job.   Continue reading Government 101: Ron Swanson

Transparent: Not Just a Trans Parent


Transparent is the critically acclaimed television show from Amazon about a family whose seventy-year-old father (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals to world that he wants to be a woman. The show perfectly captures the Pfefferman family as the patriarch Mort/Maura transitions into a woman full-time. The eldest daughter Sarah is married with two small children and learns to be truthful with herself as she watches her father do the same. The middle child Josh is a record producer who works at understanding himself and attempts to take life more seriously. The youngest daughter Ali is an incredibly smart woman who can’t seem to figure her life out. The Pfefferman family as well as their respective loved ones and new friends work through everyone’s changes and make the effort to band together through their father’s transition. Having recently binged watched the television show, I can say that Transparent is an important show to watch.

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Taking Advantage of the System


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a television show on the FX network that is about a crew of five people who own and operate a bar in Philadelphia.  The main characters are extremely self-centered and manipulative, and often find themselves devising schemes for their own personal gain (even if it means jeopardizing the well-being each other).  The show has become a cult hit and is often compared to Seinfeld because of the selfish nature of the main characters.  It often uses dark and crude humor to outline some of the issues in modern America.  In fact, since the characters are so corrupt themselves, they often participate in behavior that is a direct result of such issues.  It is one of my favorite TV shows, and every time I watch an episode I can’t help but laugh out loud at the extremes the actors are willing to go to in order to get a message across.  To me, each character represents exactly what not to become and how not to act.

In the episode “Mac Fights Gay Marriage,” two of the characters, Frank and Charlie, take advantage of marital benefits.  In one of the scenes, Charlie and Frank are in the apartment they live in (Frank is the very wealthy, Charlie is not), and Charlie begins to complain about his back pains.  In the past, Frank has paid for Charlie to visit a chiropractor.  However, in this scene, Charlie comes to the revelation that if he and Frank get a domestic partnership, he can get on Frank’s health insurance plan and reap the benefits of marriage.   Continue reading Taking Advantage of the System

Living a Lie


Psych is a show that follows the adventures of Shawn Spencer, the son of a former cop, who has keen observation and deduction skills that he uses to help the Santa Barbara police department solve crimes. Since he was a young boy, his father would meticulously test him to sharpen his detective skills. Although Shawn’s detective skills are almost unbeatable, they are unmatched against his devotion to having fun, until he learned to combine the two.

Originally Shawn would call in tips to the police hotline when he solved one of their cases by watching the daily news on TV, but one of his tips leads him to being brought in to the police department. Continue reading Living a Lie

The Obama Legacy: As Told by Charles Blow


According to Charles Blow’s speech at Bucknell University, there are four main components the the Obama administration will be remembered for: foreign policy, Obamacare, Diversity advancements, and the publics reactions to these actions. While Blow is a staunch Obama supporter, his speech showed the downsides as well of the triumphs of Obama’s eight years in office.

Blow sees foreign policy as a blight on the administration. While citing sources of remembrances Blow juxtaposes the ending of Guantanamo with the heavy use of drone killings. By doing this he is able to point out just how overshadowed any positive policy changes would be in comparison to the blight of computerized killings.

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