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We Turned Three!

CX recently celebrated its third birthday. For three years we have been committed to navigating difficult issues, ranging from racial discrimination, to sexism, and cultural appropriation. For the past year we have been committed to creating a platform for young creatives to discuss popular culture, art, technology, and politics. Our writers have done so with…

Cultural Appropriation 101: A Discussion About Bring It On

Remember Bring It On, the teen comedy that came out in 2000? The one with Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union as cheerleaders competing for recognition as the best cheer squad in the district? Remember, it was the one about cool girls kicking ass and cute geeky boys winning? Remember the one that was lighthearted and…

An Open Letter on the Calhoun College Decision

Dear President Salovey, Have you ever reflected on how it might feel to go to school and be assigned to a residential college named for Joseph Goebbels? Would it be easy to ignore, or do you think it would rankle and weigh on you every single day? Would you be comforted by administration assurances that…

Flight Risk (How to Visit a Visionary Art Environment)

Jason B Yesterday, I saw a self-portrait by Rembrandt that I had never seen before. Unless I had seen it at a traveling exhibition, in which case I couldn’t distinguish it from the many others I’ve added to my personal collection of Rembrandts. In Brussels, I had campylobacter but dragged myself to see The Fall…

Technology and its (Dis)Contents

In 2015, to be called a Luddite by someone is akin to being called an old fart. Yet as a derogatory term meaning that one has a “certainly naïve opposition to technology” (NewStatesmen, 2014), we see the erasure of the rich history behind ‘Ludditism’, a movement that began in Britain in the nineteenth century during…

Komagata Maru: Disrupting Canada’s Multicultural Identity

Raminder S There was an interesting conversation in my office the other day regarding “Canadian identity,” more specifically what it means and whom can ascribe to said identity. Not surprisingly, race played a significant role in the discussion. As the typical narrative goes, the Canadian “mosaic”—the celebration of the distinct and varied nationalities, ethnicities, races,…

Cynn

Yannick Anton  In the media we are constantly bombarded with oppressive images that narrowly define beauty. However, beauty comes in diverse forms. When I heard of this month’s theme on alterity, Cynn instantly came to mind. I first met Cynn at a monthly party I photograph called “Yes Yes Y’all”. I saw braids flinging in the air, and bodies moving to the bass like the heartbeat of the party, as soon as I got close enough to see who it was Cynn dropped down into a full split. I couldn’t stop taking photos of her from that moment on. Over…

The “Cost” of Higher Education for Academics

By Raminder S. The more time I spend at a university working on my Ph.D., the more attune I become to the shifts that universities are undergoing; particularly the university as businesses in the modern day. As a doctoral candidate, I view a university as a place that provides and receives instruction for the greater pursuit…

“Do You Say Sorta Racist Stuff?”: Recognizing Microaggressions

By Raminder S. I’ve recently stumbled across the term “microaggression,” which I’ve come to realize is an underlying problem in societies throughout North America [1]. The video “Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism” by College Humour is not only entertaining, but an important video conveying the issue of microaggression, or, the subtle forms of discrimination that may…

“Naming” Consumerism

By Raminder S “We are in an era of personalisation and vanity. This kind of ‘Oh my God, it’s me!’ hook just works fantastically well whether you like it or not.”—Will McInnes1 “Share A Coke” campaign returned this past summer for another run. Instead of seeing shelves lined with the classic red and white bottles…