No Purchase Necessary: MasterCard’s Master Plan and Advice on How to Actually Get a Job

Like many other MIT students, I’m looking for real work experience, because, let’s be realistic here, my undergrad degree in media studies isn’t going to put me at a competitive advantage in today’s world. So, when I heard about the MasterCard internship I was intrigued to say the least. Until I realized what I had…

Spelunking the Manosphere: Anti-Feminism, Men’s Rights Activism, and the Myth of Misandry

Last week, men’s rights activists (MRAs) achieved some marginal media exposure when the Twitter hashtag “INeedMasculismBecause,” initially a prank set about by users of the well-trafficked imageboard 4chan, was co-opted in earnest by a number of individuals professing our culture’s widespread subjugation of men. Thankfully, it seems not all publicity is good publicity when it…

Longer Labels: The Extended Case for Warnings on our Food.

Last month the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) made headlines when its president, Dr. Doug Weir, proposed a number of so-termed ‘radical’ new measures meant to combat what he called “the epidemic of obesity” in Canada.  Obesity needs combatting “aggressively” and “immediately,” he continued, recommending, among other things, raising taxes and mandating graphic warning labels on…

The “Obummer” of Wall Street

If you were watching the stock markets the day after Obama won the 2012 election, you would have noticed an interesting reaction to the news. Wall Street threw a temper tantrum; the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plummeted more than 300 points during the course of the day’s trading. The DJIA, NASDAQ 100, and the S&P…