The Events of the #BlackLivesMatter Cop Shootings Were Random, But Predictable

The Events of the #BlackLivesMatter Cop Shootings Were Random, But Predictable

The shooting of two NYPD cops over the weekend sparked debate across the political spectrum and internet – especially after the suspect made it abundantly clear he was out to kill random cops to avenge Eric Garner and Mike Brown. The NYPD was quick to blame Bill DeBlasio for fanning the flames of the protests. DeBlasio had previously met with the Garner protesters and angered police when he claimed that he and his wife stayed up at night worrying his biracial son would be killed by police: So I’ve had to worry over the…

Why Serial Is Going To Get It Wrong

Why Serial Is Going To Get It Wrong

This Thursday marks the end of the first season of the Serial podcast – which consists of 12 entertaining episodes of reporter Sarah Keonig trying to decipher clues and investigate the 1999 murder of Baltimore student Hae Min Lee. For those unfamiliar with the case in question, it essentially boils down to this – Adned Syed was convicted of strangling his ex-girlfriend after his friend Jay testified at trial that (a) Adned confessed to murdering Hae, and (b) the two of them buried her body together. Prosecutors were then able to connect Adned’s cell phone to…

Just Because Sexual Assault Is Bad, Doesn’t Mean You Have To Stop Thinking

Just Because Sexual Assault Is Bad, Doesn’t Mean You Have To Stop Thinking

The modern media does not report news – it reports hysteria. That’s why so much of current news is dedicated to acquaintance rape. If a person is robbed, murdered, or assaulted by a stranger, there is often mountains of physical evidence. The media could report the crimes, but there isn’t a lot else to say. Viewers know that bad things happen to people every day. But acquaintance rape is much juicier, because while it may be a horrific crime, it may also just be made up or embellished. The cases often boil down to a he-said,…

Atticus Finch and Ferguson

Atticus Finch and Ferguson

Of all the reasons the Michael Brown case exploded, perhaps the biggest one was the attention it gained on social media and news outlets by “social justice warriors” battling against perceived injustice. They were like modern day Rosa Parks, if rather than acting out Rosa Parks had just tweeted about how buses are racist and NOT OKAY. But why did the internet choose the Michael Brown case as its battleground, instead of say a case like the recent shooting of a Brooklyn man by an Asian NYPD rookie officer? The Brooklyn man’s…