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Stop Telling Me That Only Love Can Beat Hate, by Tafari Robertson

In the aftermath of a white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, VA and the resulting mess of presidential statements that came in the days following, many are rushing to align themselves on the right side of history. While some attend rallies in solidarity or rush the removal of the remaining Confederate monuments across the US, others have chosen to hide their relative inaction by claiming only ‘love’ can defeat ‘hate’ all across social media. Such feel-good rhetoric does double duty as it allows the user to feel assured in their spot on the hypothetical spectrum of history while relieving them of any responsibility to address the very real oppression, violence, and hatred in communities that surround them.

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Alienation, Authenticity, and the Analogous in Postmodern Capitalism, by May Olvera

In 1988, the Polaroid Corporation, a giant in the instant film industry, started falling into massive debt, declaring bankruptcy by 2001 (Deutsch, 2001). By 2008, they ceased production of their instant film and in an article published in Wired, the magazine stated, ‘this is one of those quiet moments in tech history marking the end of an era’ (Beschizza, 2008). Ten years later, Polaroid and other instant film companies have had a sort of re-birth despite living in a digital age, largely in thanks to millennials…

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