Tag: Culture

  • Food Can Bring Satisfaction, Or Colonization

    by levent

    While the food lover in me appreciates the influx of new restaurants, I am keenly aware of how these restaurants contribute to shifts in my neighborhood, specifically the displacement of Black communities. Food is undoubtedly one of the most important things in my life. Aside from the fact that I am human and my survival […]

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  • Designing the Culture of Tomorrow

    by levent

    Technology and culture exist within a constant state of intertwined expansion. It’s easy to forget that the first iPhone was released in 2007, a mere eleven years ago. Today approximately three billion people [1] use smartphones, about 39% of our total population. Each one of these devices providing access to much of the world’s full […]

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  • Why Movie Stars Need To Stop Saying They’re Not Celebrities

    by levent

    They say “you’re nobody till somebody loves you,” and many of us take that to heart in more ways than one. The stakes are even higher when you factor in the mechanisms of our discontent that line up all the instruments — utilized to judge how many hearts we are able to collect from shifty strangers. Shit […]

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  • The Future Technological Disparity

    by levent

    Tech titans are portraying a future with more equality, but are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes? The technology industry is preparing for an automation revolution as artificial intelligence is becoming the dominant future trend. We are fully committed as 80% of enterprises have started investing in AI while 61% of businesses have already began implementation. Technology companies […]

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  • Murder, Rape and Why Myths Still Matter

    by levent

    At the time of writing this piece, I was shocked to hear of the mass-murder and suicide in Margaret River. It lit a fire in my belly. Peter Miles, a man who was ‘supposed’ to love all of his victims shot his wife, his adult daughter, and four grand-children, their ages ranging 8–13. Then he shot […]

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  • Is Yoga Cultural Appropriation?

    by levent

    On Nov. 20, 2015, the Ottawa Sun reported that a free yoga class for students, organized by the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Students with Disabilities since 2008, had been discontinued due to student concerns about “cultural issues.” The decision to cancel the program — which was taught by a young Caucasian woman named Jennifer Scharfe — is reportedly the subject of […]

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  • You Guys, Feminists Aren’t Supposed to Say ‘You Guys’

    by levent

    But I say it. And a lot of other things Ialways thought the catchphrase “HEY, YOU GUUUYS!” was originally fromThe Goonies. But apparently, it’s a reference to the 1971 PBS children’s program The Electric Company. I was a titch too young to have caught either of these in real time, but like many kids, I grew up with […]

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  • Death by a thousand strokes

    by levent

    Whenever you come into contact with an immerse and impactful piece of work, the towering obelisk, the frescoes on the ceiling, the sculptures, the works of art, the architectural marvel, the music, films and books that draw us in deep into new and exotic locales, it is easy to be so impressed, so moved by […]

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  • Evolution Has Already Approved of Everything You’ll Do Tomorrow

    by levent

    Darwin’s theories illustrate the improbability of the present and the unknowability of the future “Each and every one of us has been born into a given historical reality, ruled by particular norms and values, and managed by a unique economic and political system. We take this reality for granted, thinking it is natural, inevitable and […]

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  • It’s Time to Stop Talking About Millennials

    by levent

    The latest generational cohort to emerge is defined by experience not just biology A few weeks ago, a middle-aged friend joked to some office colleagues that he found millennials frustrating to handle — “until you have to convert a PDF file into a word document”. An actual millennial — normally defined as someone born between the early 1980s and 1996 — was […]

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