Snapshot: a quick, lasting glimpse of some scene, activity, or event. We have adopted snapshots as the controlling metaphor, or theme, for Issue 2.1, the first issue of EM-Journal's second year, because each of the five pieces featured captures a...
I’m sure we can all think of a time where we were treated unfairly because of the bodies we were given. This is why this issue is so important to me. I believe we should all fight for equality because when we close opportunity for some then we close opportunity for everyone. Sexism is defined as “attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles”. Do we still treat women this way? Is this still a problem? The Ann Arbor Chess Club allows for men and women to be part of the club, however, the amount of men out weigh the amount of women by an approximate 1:20 ratio.
Events in history can have an impact on many things. One of the most significant impacts it has is on the literature of the area that its affecting. Everyone knows about American literature, but what do we really know about Japanese literature? There are certain periods in time that Japanese literature was mostly religious and then once war hit; things changed and writers made stories about war and samurai. Events of the past can shape how literature is developed.
As part of my ENGL 121 course, we had an assignment to conduct an ethnographic study of a community of our choosing. I chose to explore the DDR (short for Dance Dance Revolution) community. DDR is Japanese music / rhythm-based video game in which players stand on a “dance platform” and hit colored arrows with their feet, laid out in a cross formation, to musical and visual cues. While seen by some as just a casual pastime, a whole community of dedicated players has developed around the game, ranging from recreational gamers to hardcore tournament competitors. The DDR community, while being apart of a larger and more general video gaming community, is truly a unique sub-culture, and varies in many ways from most other video gaming communities.
A common misconception when observing mental illnesses is to presume that the effects of the illness only apply to those who suffer from it. In this essay, the effects of depression on friends, family, and many others are explored using statistics and prior research to strengthen understanding of depression. An analysis of these results finds that emotions of depressed individuals can often affect those around then and alienate them due to lack of understanding and social stigma that surrounds depression.
Many people are unrepresented, or worse, misrepresented in the media. Whether they be made vilified or completely void from being seen in the news at all, many people are not being accounted for. Blogs take shape to uplift the people whose voices have been cast aside, heightening the everyday experience for people who are seeking an alternative to mainstream media in a way accessible to a spectrum of people.