Archive: The Gnovis Blog

  • Poppy’s Subversive Ideological Critique by Joseph Hammett

    Pop artists employ many different techniques in order to convey a message, market themselves, and create a brand towards building an audience. One such artist, known simply as Poppy, developed a unique tactic in order to jumpstart her musical career. With over a million followers on Instagram, close to 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, countless think pieces written about her performance art, and collaborations with other famous cultural figures (such as Elon Musk’s past romantic partner and fellow musician, Grimes), Poppy’s cultural influence and impact are undeniable.

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  • A Reformed Electoral College by Anthony Raisley

    What do Presidents Trump, George W. Bush, Harrison, Hayes, and John Quincy Adams have in common? All were elected President of the United States without receiving the majority of the popular vote. Voters will recall the 2016 and 2000 elections as the most recent examples.

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  • Can Artificial Intelligence be Creative?

    More than 2000 years ago, Plato made several interesting references to the notion of creativity, in the Socratic dialogues. In Meno, Socrates claims that “when poets produce truly great poetry, they do it not through knowledge or mastery, but rather by being divinely “inspired” by the Muses”. In another dialogue, Socrates contemplates the origins of new knowledge, which can be interpreted as creative thinking. Socrates wondered how can existing knowledge evolve into new ideas. When asked by Meno, “will we say, of a painter, that he makes something?”, Socrates responded, “no, he merely imitates”.

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  • Truth, Reality, and Post-Truth: A Journey Through Words By Andrew Peacock

    If you had to choose one keyword, term, or phrase to describe your interests, what would you choose? My keyword, post-truth, denotes an increasingly alarming issue during which people find truth and reality within their own emotional qualifications and communities, ignoring the supposed truth-tellers of society.

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  • Privacy Regulations: EU’s GDPR vs China’s PIPL

    Many countries have followed the example of the EU and adopted privacy legislations similar to GDPR, which some observers call another “Brussels effect.” In August 2021, the National People’s Congress of China adopted the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), which entered into force November 1, 2021. Essentially, PIPL is quite similar to the GDPR and became another big step towards the government regulation of data handling practices in global cyberspace. This post outlines some of the main similarities and differences between the EU’s GDPR and China’s PIPL.

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  • Revolutionary Fake News: Redfish Media’s Support for the Palestinian Cause

    By: Cat Haseman —
    Since the 2016 presidential election, a dominant narrative has pervaded the United States: Russian influence is bad. Until recently, I hadn’t given this assertion, nor efforts to counter Russian media machines, much thought. A few months ago, however, I learned that my favorite news outlet—one of the few consistent online sources of pro-Palestine coverage—had been labelled “Russian state-controlled media.”

    Categories: 2021, The Gnovis Blog

  • Mobilizing the Mob, Moving the Markets

    By Nicholas Budler —
    January was a whirlwind. The “Stop the Steal” insurrection was something beyond what most Americans have ever seen in the nation’s capital. People at home watched on TV and on social media as the President’s protest devolved into what seemed like anarchy. The chaos was evident as rioters swarmed around the Capitol, seemingly without purpose or direction. Barricades were ripped down, windows were broken as people climbed inside the building, and the Senate floor was eventually overrun.

    Categories: 2021, The Gnovis Blog

  • As Veterans Build an Online Community, Divisions are Laid Bare

    By Ted Harrison — During the recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism here in Washington, D.C., a majority of the war memorials were spared from being vandalized. One exception, however, was a simple question spray-painted on the World War II Memorial asking: “Do Black Vets Count?” As a veteran, I feel the obvious answer is “of course they do,” but the treatment of black WWII veterans – most of whom were denied life-changing benefits like the GI Bill – shows that, at least to the government, they did not.

    Categories: 2021, The Gnovis Blog

  • Is 2020 the year voting registration goes digital?

    By Anna Hoffman Few things about this election feel familiar, but as always there is a new batch of voters turning 18 and participating in their first presidential election. The members of this la

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