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Three images are displayed in a trifold: first image shows Discord cartoon mascot Wumpus on a field of grass. Second image shows humanitarian airdrops in Gaza. Third image shows Wumpus engulfed in flames. Text reads: Discord's April Fools video: A blatant disregard for ongoing genocide in Gaza

Discord’s April Fools’ Loot Box Video: A Blatant Disregard for Ongoing Genocide in Gaza by Archit Mehta

May 1st, 2024

This April Fool’s Day, Discord uploaded a 17-second video. The video shows an object fired from outer space towards the Earth. In the next frame, the object is revealed — a loot box — when it falls on Discord’s mascot, Wumpus. About three weeks prior to Discord’s video, five Palestinians were killed, and 11 were wounded by humanitarian airdrops carried by the US and Jordan.…

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Re-Assessing the Consumer Welfare Standard by Ramat Jose

April 1st, 2024

Last Thursday, the Justice Department filed a civil antitrust suit against Apple for monopolizing the App Store and thus violating the Sherman Act.  This is a significant case that has the potential to revolutionize the App Store and how we interact with our iPhones.…

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Neuralink: A Bold Experiment from the Tech Mogul? by Yixiao Song

February 9th, 2024

Yet another of Elon Musk’s rockets exploded recently. One wonders what euphemisms Musk will use for his potentially disastrous experiments with human brains. Neuralink, the biotech company founded by Elon Musk, received FDA approval for its first human clinical trial last May.…

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Rhythm, Narrative, and Soft Power: An Analysis of South Korea’s K-Pop Diplomacy in the Digital Age by Mac Milin Kiran

December 8th, 2023

In the intricate dance of international relations, where every nation vies for influence on the global stage, South Korea orchestrates a symphony of soft power unlike any other. Central to this approach is K-Pop, South Korea’s rhythmic diplomat, whose beats and narratives have found a global audience in the digital era, crossing cultures and borders with ease.…

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On the Intelligent Form by James Caridi-Doyle

November 13th, 2023

In Ex Machina, we see a struggle spin outwards from a central point of knowledge: qualities which would have at one point fallen solely within what might be described as the prescriptive domain of the human Form have begun to fall outside of that domain. When we are presented, through the film, with a robot that demonstrably moves like a human, looks like a human, exhibits the consciousness of a human, and in the very abstract sense feels like a human, we are left to wonder what exactly defines us in a world that holds such possibilities. …