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It is society’s duty to provide for them, as it should to all of its citizens.

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To be a sex worker, especially in America, is to sustain constant animosity from every corner of society while inhabiting its margins. The discourse surrounding sex work is supercharged with emotion — it makes sense since it fulfills such a primal need for human beings — but seemingly out of disinterest or lack of trying, passionate posturing always triumphed over tact and measuredness. …


Its warts have only been laid bearer in recent years, with the need for urgent remedies ever-pressing.

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As a cabal of Trump loyalists stormed the DC Capitol on Wednesday, it was becoming clear that the current state of things is all but untenable. Neoliberalism promised a world where conflict ceases as liberal democracy fueled by the engine of capitalism would take hold, but it has only taken a mere few decades from the time that thesis was upheld to finally witness its abject failure.

To say that the last decade in neoliberal politics has been unsuccessful would be selling it short — regimes across the global northwest assumed the struggle was done once the Cold War was over, but it was all resting on tenuous geopolitical ground. Compounded with an economic crisis in the latter half of the 2000s, neoliberal powers kept shrinking and expanding as populaces grew tired of an endless flip-flop between short-lived prosperity and crushing austerity. While means-tested welfare and job guarantee programs thrived, those who struggled to make ends meet were left wandering with an ever-bottoming abyss of online literature that seeks to explain their dire straits — that’s the intellectual void from which the New Right has sprung into being, and appeasing its ludicrous demands has been our main preoccupation since. …


Being a catholic socialist in an industry full of irreligious liberals makes for foes aplenty.

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It isn’t a secret that media — especially its mainstream installment — is an institution that resists change, and when confronting a flavor of it so rare, its instinct is to often retaliate. …


Putting people’s welfare before the pursuit of profit.

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On the heels of a devastating pandemic to small businesses and entire sectors of the global economy, Big Tech stands taller and stronger than ever before. It’s moments of crisis that usually test an industry’s mettle, and to say that tech companies have emerged triumphant would be an understatement — with everyone cooped up at home, legacy service industries suffered a major blow as their plea for survival was answered by tech companies, putting them at the mercy of their every nefarious profit-maximizing procedure. …


Legitimacy is becoming harder to assert as the industry remains all-too-powerful.

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The gaming industry is now bigger than it’s ever been —as of 2019, it was worth more than music and film combined, making it the most lucrative player in entertainment. It was then only a matter of time before the spectacle of the Oscars and Grammys would find itself an analogue in the gaming space — with its seventh iteration now however, the industry’s commercial interests are making themselves more loudly-known, leaving players ever-reticent to fully embrace the ceremony as a genuine display of what gaming has best to offer.

This is ironic considering that the show’s spiritual predecessor — the Spike Video Game Awards —was more of an interesting relic of media anthropology than it ever was a serious player in the critical space. It is comical the degree to which celebrity appearances played a greater role in the awards than the games themselves, but such was the state of games media in the early aughts. By 2013 and after Geoff Keighley’s untimely departure from Spike TV, he had ambitions of freeing the show from the confines of traditional media, hosting it on players’ natural habitat, which was and still is the internet — the transition to digital was smooth enough, but not without its curses to follow. …


Clashing interests between media and the general public continue to fuel tension.

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With Cyberpunk 2077 set to release in a few days, the busy cogs of discourse have already begun turning at full speed — between reports of crunch, the game’s controversial marketing, and the massive build-up of hype since its debut trailer seven years ago, the game’s launch is already shaping up to be a moment of no satisfaction to any. …


Enabled by YouTube, the controversial creators spew rhetorical venom on the regular.

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Not a week goes by without the Paul brothers being involved in some kind of controversy, and it is by design — the two Viners-turned-YouTubers have perfected the art of drawing ire only to feed their brand, and ultimately their clout. Some may be puzzled by this dynamic — after all, legacy media used to punish even the slightest infractions by stripping culprits of much-coveted social capital, but the age of internet fame has turned things completely upside down.

What gave rise to such an environment can’t be separated from a long-overdue conversation on the ills of YouTube culture in particular, which seems to prize above all a facade of nonchalant lawlessness, much to the chagrin of the platform holders. It was Logan Paul’s vlog of the Aokigahara forest at Mount Fuji — the infamous ‘Suicide Forest’ — that instigated a rule change about offensive content whose ramifications are still felt to this day — other creators have contributed their lot to the fire since, but the Paul brothers represent a unique challenge as their relationship to the platform rests on a very fragile thread, one whose integrity shall meet its ultimate test if yet another massive blunder was to occur. …


A sex worker’s crusade to see the gap bridged between the porn industry, and who it caters to.

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Despite their divergence in method and demeanor, a thing that sex workers I talked to seem to all agree on is how an ill-informed audience can be of detriment to the content they’re consuming. For sex work specifically, harnessing the power of mass media to unwrap its mystery hasn’t been the easiest, so some have had to innovate. I reached out to Sierra Rhodes — a three-time PornHub Awards nominee, professionally known as TeenyGinger — in the hopes of learning how she does it. …


The upper brass are once again the center of attention — this time for all the wrong reasons.

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At this point, it’s a regular occurence to have BreadTube’s legitimacy put into question, but this time around the call is coming from inside the house — Peter Coffin, a creator of such caliber, has repopularized the claim that BreadTube is a tight-knit cabal of content creators whose brand of left-adjacent media and political analysis serves only as means to self-enrichment, acting in concert to prevent those with stronger Marxist fervor from breaching into the mainstream.

That theory bears some semblance of truth upon superficial examination — it is indeed the fact that the closer to the center a creator is, the more palpable their views are to the YouTube mainstream, which has made it near-impossible for anyone truly dug-in deep into leftist theory to make much of a dent; at least not on the scale necessary to be a powerful engine for political change. …


Between healthcare, climate, and democratic reform, a busy first-term is ahead of the President-Elect

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After four years of Donald Trump, America retains little of its erstwhile glory — standing on the wreckage of a bungled response to coronavirus, mass unemployment, an eviction crisis, broken trust in law enforcement, a sharp rise in health insurance premiums, and much more trouble to boot, Joe Biden offered a far more compelling alternative. With an all-time high turnout, Obama’s former second-in-command beat Trump with a decisive majority of the popular vote, setting the stage for America to return to the path from which it was led astray.

Hopes hang high on the former Vice-President to not only reverse much of what has addled America under Trump, but also move the ball forward on progressive reform as the base of the Democratic party is much further left than it was back in 2016 — what this essentially means is more concerted action on healthcare, climate change, social and economic equity, and a slate of long-overdue democratic reforms. …

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