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Calvinism in American History

As mentioned in the previous post, the idea behind the concept of intolerance sailed through the Atlantic Ocean and disembarked on America through a ship loaded with puritans. Unfortunately, it seems that there has never been a way for Americans to escape Calvinist precepts. These precepts can generally be summarized as that if mankind were to attempt to go against […]

Role Playing Games- Cultural Evolution or Harmful Decline?

Role Playing Games- Cultural Evolution or Harmful Decline?

Table top role playing games, one kind of uncommon interest, are often spoken of using the acronym RPG. However, other less used acronyms do exist. If one were to describe what RPG is one might liken it to Coppers and Burglars or an advanced form of play-pretend, but with rules to represent different factors such as luck, skill, and probability […]

Increase of Online Journalism

Increase of Online Journalism

In recent years, there has been a steady increase of online journalism, as a result of the vast availability of the internet and mobile internet devices world-wide. Currently, there is much debate revolving around the alleged imminent disappearance of hard-copy newspapers and whether online press actually poses any serious threat to the most traditional variations and practices of journalism. A […]

Castration in Cattle Vs Castration in Humans

Castration in Cattle Vs Castration in Humans

Castration and sterilization of cattle is a way of controlling birth, but also a way of using animals as products and taking away their freedom and identity. With the long history in America of constant oppression of the indigenous communities, it comes as no surprise that the meat and dairy industry do the same with farm animals (including cows) that […]

The Place of Cows in Culture

The Place of Cows in Culture

In many cultures, cows are considered to be holy entities or creatures and therefore are respected and not killed and used as products to produce meat for humans. However, that does not guarantee that cows are happy and have a good life in these countries, given that they often suffer from malnutrition and diverse health issues. There are many contemporary […]

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Smartphones and Online Media

The lifestyle that ensues from constantly relying on smartphones seems to have a negative effect on individuals. It seems as though it instills impatience into the collective mind and generates a need for minute-by-minute updates and constant information, which can lead or contribute to a general feeling of social anxiety and endemic disquietude. The online media industry has, since its […]

TV, Literature and Society

TV, Literature and Society

In a popular episode of American TV show Game of Thrones, millions of viewers witnessed one of the main villains of the story walking naked through town and being publicly humiliated. “Shame. Shame. Shame.” was what the priestesses chanted behind her. Perhaps that scene was inspired by a passage from the American classic – One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, […]

White Social Codes

White Social Codes

Could intolerance be information encrypted in people’s DNA, associated to instincts of survival? What is meant by survival in this context is not the mere concept of physical self-preservation, but the survival and endurance of culture and the diverse traditions and beliefs it contains. In order for their culture to perdure, perhaps American ancestors (much like their English ancestors) felt […]