Image of the 2016 Netflix documentary “13th.” Directed by Ava DuVernay.

Passed on January 31, 1865, and approved on December 6, 1865, the United States Congress implemented the 13th amendment that legally abolished slavery in the United States (“13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery,” n.d). The 13th Amendment provides that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a…

Time Magazine’s controversial “Welcome to America” cover for it’s July 2018 issue.

On June 21st, 2018, Time Magazine published an issue featuring a crying two-year-old Honduran child with United States President Donald Trump staring down at her (Lauricella, 2018). The cover read “Welcome to America,” creating a visual representation of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. This policy involved the separation of immigrant…

News anchor, Chris Cuomo (Left) and New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (Right) during “Cuomo Prime Time” on CNN.

Earlier this year, news anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on the potential of a future presidential candidacy on his CNN show “Cuomo Prime Time” (Lauricella, 2020). This interview was controversial as it demonstrated media-politics partisanship, in which defies the value-neutral toned “social contract” of…

The image on the left is Khloé’s controversial Instagram post. The image on right is of Khloé from that same day on the set of her television show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”

Khloé Kardashian is no stranger to the photo-altering app FaceTune (Froelich, 2020). On May 22nd, 2020, Khloé’s FaceTune use gained public attention as she posted an unrecognizable selfie on her Instagram (Froelich, 2020). Social media users were quick to criticize Khloé for catfishing, calling her out in the comment section…

In Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa, growing political crises are causing refugees to seek asylum in various countries across the world (Raghavan & Tharoor, 2015). Refugees are commonly escaping to Europe via inflatable boats, many of which are unsuccessful in their travels (Raghavan & Tharoor, 2015). During their journey, the…

Online self-fabrication, also known as catfishing, has become increasingly popular in the digital age. From a relational perspective, the act of catfishing derives from the desire to create and sustain romantic relationships (Purcell & Stroud, 2018). …

Brooke Watson

Communications & Digital Media Studies Student.

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