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The shorter work week: an alternative to the universal basic income

The shorter work week: an alternative to the universal basic income

by Adrian Chu, Opinion Editor
January 13
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

McDonald’s first drive-thru restaurant opened in Sierra Vista, Arizona in 1975 allowing diners to order food without leaving their cars. 41 years later, McDonald’s plans to replace all human cashiers from their 14,000 stores with touch-screen kiosks. Beginning in cities with the highest minimum...

Media Matters: Resist autoplay and pick videos wisely

Media Matters: Resist autoplay and pick videos wisely

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
April 16
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

It’s late at night and you take a break to watch a quick YouTube video. You open up a silly video of a parrot singing. A series of autoplays later, you find yourself watching a video on how to play the harmonica even though you don’t own one and never plan to, and the only thing in your head is ...

Media Matters: Excessive violent media online leads to desensitization

Media Matters: Excessive violent media online leads to desensitization

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
April 13
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

After any tragedy, such as the bombing in Ankara on Mar. 13 or the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Mar. 22, one can expect to see a flood of information relating to the incident, condolences to victims and symbols of solidarity. However, there is some content that will never show up in a Facebook fee...

Media Matters: 2016 campaign coverage demonstrates the importance of media in politics

Media Matters: 2016 campaign coverage demonstrates the importance of media in politics

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
March 12
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

The road to the 2016 Presidential election has been marked by unprecedented levels of shocking rhetoric, unexpected candidates and radical policies. A year ago I would have laughed if I saw a news headline on the Mexican president likening a presidential candidate to Hitler on a news site other than the Onion, but now, this kind of article resembles...

Media Matters: eSports gambling serves as a negative influence for younger players

Media Matters: eSports gambling serves as a negative influence for younger players

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist
February 29
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

After my advisory’s Secret Santa party, in which I received a $20 Steam gift card, I contemplated what to do with my newfound wealth. In spite of an ongoing Steam sale, I was still short a couple dollars from my desired purchase. Disappointed, I described my predicament to a friend. At that point,...

Media Matters: Online streaming platforms need to better disclose biases and dramatizations

Media Matters: Online streaming platforms need to better disclose biases and dramatizations

by Adrian Chu, Aquila Columnist
January 19
Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

As Netflix’s competitors expand and release new content, Netflix’s newest strategy to retain subscribers has been a series of Netflix-exclusive TV series and films. One of its most popular recent additions, Making a Murderer, focuses on the events surrounding the two criminal cases of Steven Avery and has garnere...

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