The Power of Pop

The following article was written by OPENWIDE Volume 14 Web Editor Emily Stewart for our January 2014 issue. It was featured along with Arts and Entertainment Editor Jenna Taylor’s article, found here. 

Gaga: Weight Gain is Art

Everybody wants a piece of pop culture prime rib. And what’s the hotly sought after meat these days? Well, it’s the queen of the fame game, Lady Gaga. After gaining 25 pounds a few weeks ago, the media circus lit up into full-fledged flashbulb frenzy. Mother Monster is now an ogre, as surface-level sources like…

Top 10 Trends of 2011 We’d Like to Forget in 2012

Every year has its ups and downs: things we’d like to remember, and things we’d just like to forget. So, what were 2011’s answers to 2010’s unfortunately ubiquitous butt-toning shoes, rompers, and jeggings? Undoubtedly we were all guilty of following the herd and indulging in one or more of these unfortunate fads at one point…

Arcade Fire and the Grammy culture shock

@mitZinereader, If you tweet or tumble, you’ve stumbleupon-ed the “Who Is Arcade Fire??!!?” meme. On Sunday night, Twitter imploded with the cries of mass culture misery: “The Grammys have something against famous people.” Arcade Fire stole Album of the Year from the “recovered” and deserving Eminem. Don’t forget about Katy Perry, who’s worked her fingers…