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Social media companies continue to encourage radicalization

The Christchurch shooting was streamed on Facebook Live. The shooter narrated his actions as he carried them out, speaking with the same detachment as a gamer streaming on Twitch. Minutes before the event, the shooter linked his 74-page manifesto, which obsessed over “white genocide” and

The reality of the “campus free speech debate”

One of the hottest talking points of recent years is the “free speech crisis” purportedly sweeping college campuses nationwide. Conservative activists claim that universities are indoctrinating students into liberal thought, that professors direct students towards a dismissal of conservative ideas and that higher education is

Huawei addresses U.S. media in ad campaign

In an attempt to repair its damaged image in the United States, Chinese telecom company Huawei took out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. The ad is a self-described “open letter to the U.S. media” written as an invitation to readers

What does Trump’s national emergency mean?

President Donald Trump followed through on his promise to declare a “national emergency” in order to bypass Congress and secure funding for the construction of a border wall. In building a border wall, the president likely hopes to rally support from his base and paint

Trump likely to vilify socialists in 2020 election

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 11, 2019 issue of The Round Table.  Trump needs a villain. During his last campaign, he vilified Mexican immigrants and the Democratic establishment, hyper-sensationalizing the national dialogue in order to distract and manipulate it. In this past

My Struggle 6: An interrogation of the real

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 4, 2019 issue of The Round Table.  The sixth and final installment of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-part autobiographical novel, “My Struggle,” was published in English on September 18, 2018. Knausgaard’s novel describes life as it happens. The

China and the remaking of the internet

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 4, 2019 issue of The Round Table.  The internet is being remade, but in whose image? Huawei, China’s leading telecommunications company, is building an extensive fifth generation (5G) network in partnership with countries all over the world.

Asian Monologues returns for a third year

On Saturday, students and faculty came through the mist and rain to attend the third production of The Asian Monologues, a performance piece created and directed by Sydney Mercado‘19. The show was held in the black-box Bunge Theater, filled to the brim with an eager

Earnest “Shitposiums” celebrate pet-passions

The air in the lecture hall was heavy with the smell of Domino’s pizza. It was 5:00 p.m. and a group of students had gathered in the tiered rows of Science Center 150. Munching politely on pizza and other snacks, including mac and cheese, pretzels

The Crisis of Our Century

Sunday marked the 100-year anniversary of the grinding conclusion of World War I. The First World War was a human catastrophe. It upended everything the Western world had come to believe. It was a mindless, mechanical, and meaningless war that swallowed an entire generation and