Andrea Nease


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Beyond the Bubble: PRIDE and prejudice

Considering the College is in the process of wrapping up PRIDE week festivities, I thought it would be appropriate to look at the presence and representation of queer individuals in popular media in 2015 compared to decades past. PRIDE week serves as a time of recognition, commemoration and celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. This focus on non-heterosexual orientations also helps to educate the public on what I think has been appropriately termed “the new normal.”


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Beyond the Bubble: This festival brought to you by...

Woodstock, America’s first music festival of note, took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, from Aug. 15 to 18 in 1969. For those three days of peace and music, concert-goers were expected to fork over only $18 — a little over $115 when adjusted for inflation. Today, a three-day general admission pass to see Drake, Florence and the Machine and other performers at Coachella will run you $375 — and if you factor in shuttle privileges with your pass, the cost will rise to $435, with an $85 minimum required just to camp out overnight. These prices, of course, don’t include food, drinks and initial transportation to the event. Times have changed.


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Beyond the Bubble: Are Selfies Art?

Considering the selfie to be photography may seem laughable, but perhaps it is a logical extension of self-portraiture in the digital age. Is the millennial generation, as many have argued, self-absorbed, or are youths these days following the tradition of showing themselves through images?


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Beyond the Bubble: Environmental advocacy and the arts

Few people would question the assertion that art can have an impact on social change, but, as can be expected, some changes are easier to address than others. We have likely all seen works that call attention to gender inequality or racial injustice, for example, but how often do we see art about environmental concerns?



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Beyond the Bubble: Dealing with the Digital

We live in a screen-centric society. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that these screens have become the canvases of our future. Maybe these digital creations will not diminish the value of traditional art, but what if the diminishment of the traditional canvas is where we are headed?




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Beyond the Bubble: Looking Outside the Oscars

What did tens of millions of people do on Sunday night? According to Vulture, an average of 36.6 million people tuned in to watch the Oscars awards ceremony Sunday. The Oscars successfully capture an audience of millions for nothing more than what I personally deem a glorified popularity contest.


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Beyond The Bubble: In Defense of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Everyone and their cousin has heard of and has probably formed some opinion on “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The book trilogy and newly-released film adaptation have garnered both a lot of fans and a lot of criticism over the past few months. After watching the movie myself last Friday, I would like to explore why the film has elicited such polar reactions — why the fans and why the criticism?