Category: Opinions

Black Mirror is more than just another TV show

Have you ever watched a show that made you question the choices you’ve made in your life? If you haven’t, Black Mirror will make you feel that way. It’s a Netflix original series and was first released in 2014 and currently has three seasons. Each episode focuses on various people’s lives in near-future, semi-dystopian societies and how technology affects those people and the world around them. When I first started watching Black Mirror, I thought it was just about how the usage of technology corrupts people and is changing the world for the worst. However, as I continued watching the show, I noticed the social commentary. Each episode explains how technology affects the person the story is about, but it also opens a discussion about how society acts towards certain people. For example, one of the episodes focuses on a woman living in a world where ratings matter. She has an app that is similar to the social media sites we have today, and she gives a rating of one to five stars to each person she encounters and vice versa. The higher your rating is, the more you’re able to purchase things – i.e. she is trying to purchase a house and must have a 4.5 out of 5 rating. One misstep, though, can cause your rating to suffer and you can lose everything. Without spoiling too much,...

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Donors question if they want to continue donating in spite of recent cuts

I was about to make my annual contribution to the Roberta Hill Memorial Fund, which has provided scholarships to students in Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) since 1977. Then, I read the article in today’s Herald Leader regarding the cuts in academic programs, cuts made necessary by the $13 million shortfall. What particularly provoked me was Mr. Turner’s attack on the faculty for taking so long to make the cuts in academic programs and to increase the costs in the employee health insurance (by a staggering 400 percent — unbelievable). As regrettable as the academic cuts are, such cuts in benefits have to be harmful to established academic programs, the future of which depends on retention and hiring of quality professors. Where were the administration and the Faculty Senate on these decisions? Perhaps their “time-consuming” deliberations prevented further damaging cuts, but how much more burden should the faculty bear? Mr. Turner’s own profile (EKU News, Oct. 8, 2013) suggests he is all for the values of smaller classes, individual teacher-student ratios and shared governance, which his current remarks contradict. Mr. Turner’s argument that the athletic budget of $14 million is necessary for “better retention and graduate rates” is peculiar at best. To add to the possible cost of the athletics program, AD Lochmueller has promoted a much greater budget – up to $24 million – in order...

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Why do we ignore at-risk populations?

Lately, there have been many concerning issues facing society based on a specific at-risk population – African-American men. This has been one major issue that has been very near and dear to my heart because I grew up around this unnecessary violence. The global issue that concerns me and should be the concern of Americans is police brutality. A black man is killed by a police officer every 28 hours and American citizens walk around as if statistics like those are okay or normal. Yes, America is facing plenty of problems currently, but why is this topic not a...

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