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Book Review: Amusing Ourselves (and Our Intellects) to Death

By Allie Shafran • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: Editorial

“What is oppression?” asks Neil Postman, in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. We are an oppressed people, Postman asserts, but the worst part about it is that most of us don’t even know we’re oppressed. In an age where presidents are Hollywood celebrities, senatorial candidates appear [...]



Despite Hardship, Residents of East New York Look Ahead

By Ivan Garcia • Dec 23rd, 2011 • Category: Editorial, Lead Story

By Ivan Garcia Empty lots, abandoned buildings, foreclosed houses and shuttered businesses populate the working-class neighborhood of East New York. As communities around the U.S. have been impacted by the economic crisis, it falls on the residents to determine their future. East New York has long been called “the ghetto,” by locals and outsiders alike, [...]



In Cupcake Land, Neither Size Nor Age Matter

By Ashley Torres • Jan 24th, 2011 • Category: Editorial, Lead Story

By Ashley Torres, Melissa Julien and Ariel Marx Picture the perfect dessert. It’s no bigger than the palm of your hand, comes in a seemingly endless variety of flavors, and costs less than a slice of pie.  It may sound like something out of a fairytale, but this confectionary treat is available at nearly every [...]



Transgender Youth Find Comfort at Carmen’s Place

By Tenzin Tseyang • May 5th, 2008 • Category: Editorial

It’s almost 7:30 on a frigid Tuesday evening in a nondescript apartment atop one of the many stores of the busy Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens. Father Louis Braxton Jr., a portly man, with sad, friendly eyes, and dressed in black sweatpants, a black shirt and a wooly grey sweater, sits by his office desk [...]



By Stephanie Smith • May 1st, 2008 • Category: Editorial

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