All posts by Honora Gibbons

Black Male Athletes in the Court of Public Opinion

The New England Patriots visited the White House yesterday, sparking renewed conversation about at least six players who followed through on their vows to skip the visit, as many players have expressed deep disapproval of the president since the team’s Super Bowl win. More broadly,

We Need to Deconstruct Trump’s Budget Plan—Again

Recent reports deconstructing Trump’s newly proposed budget are tremendously number-heavy, outlining percentage cuts and dollar amounts to the massive slashes affecting nearly 20 independent organizations across the country. But these abstract descriptions may not actually be very effective in fully conveying the brutal consequences of

Calling All Slacktivists: Do More

As social, political and environmental injustices seem increasingly prevalent, it can be difficult to handle feelings of powerlessness. But is “slacktivism” the best way to combat the unfairness we see around us? Though well-meaning, slacktivists tend to perpetuate social cycles of complacency and dishonesty which

Understanding Information Oppression in the Era of Trump

If you’ve been waking up recently and feeling as though you’ve landed in the middle of George Orwell’s 1984, you’re not alone. Trump’s familiar dismissal of the media with regard to his character, actions and policy has gone beyond the expected display of petulance. The

What the Media Missed About the Women’s March

Newsfeeds and television screens across the country are being inundated with images from the Women’s March on Washington and and its sister marches in cities across the country on January 21. While news sources largely frame the march as a victory for all women, they

Testing the First Amendment: A Trial by Fire

Since the election of Donald Trump, many Americans have taken to the streets in protest of his impending presidency and its potential consequences. Among many of these demonstrations, the act of flag burning has earned a considerable amount of attention. Increased attention on this demonstration

Why Don’t Scandals Move the Needle in Election Polling?

Despite repeated scandals and gaffes on either side of what has been a consistently antagonistic and even volatile election, media coverage of these blunders has done little to shift American voters towards or away from their candidate. To anyone paying attention to this presidential election