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Opinion | Keep your camera on during Zoom lessons

Opinion | Keep your camera on during Zoom lessons

By Harsh Hiwase, For The Pitt News January 21, 2022
Keeping your camera on during Zoom lessons is an act of solidarity and kinship with his professors. There’s nothing more deafening than speaking into an abyss of silent gray boxes.
Opinion | Dissecting SpongeBob as an anti-capitalist narrative

Opinion | Dissecting SpongeBob as an anti-capitalist narrative

By Sarah Liez, Staff Columnist January 21, 2022
"SpongeBob" suggests an aversion to capitalist systems — in which trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit with little outside regulation — by pushing a number of anti-capitalist ideas throughout subtle, nuanced methods that become more apparent with age.
The YouTube app is shown on an iPad.

Opinion | Instead of entertaining your baby, your baby is entertaining us

By Anita Bengert, For The Pitt News January 19, 2022
As the internet is increasingly becoming a large source of capital for many users, platforms must enforce rules for what and who can be used as content. Otherwise, social media creates a dangerous loophole in child labor laws, with the exploitation of children being one of the most popular attractions.
Satire | Celebrity death fanfiction is dumb and bad. Stop it.

Satire | Celebrity death fanfiction is dumb and bad. Stop it.

By Paige Wasserman, For The Pitt News January 19, 2022
This new-ish trend of fictionalizing a cultural figure’s transition to the afterlife is not only cringeworthy, but it speaks to the narcissism of the digital age, parasocial interaction, deep cultural insensitivity and just an adamant refusal to think critically.
Opinion | You know what tastes better than Starbucks? Unionization.

Opinion | You know what tastes better than Starbucks? Unionization.

By Grace DeLallo, Assistant Opinions Editor January 19, 2022
Starbucks should prioritize unionization for all of their stores instead of fighting it — putting better working conditions and protections ahead of capitalist pursuits at the expense of its workers. Although there is such a long way to go in the fight against big businesses and capitalism exploiting workers, we must have solidarity within the working class if we are to see any meaningful change in the next decade or so.
Opinion | The party of ‘freedom of speech’ is censoring themselves

Opinion | The party of ‘freedom of speech’ is censoring themselves

By Livia LaMarca, For The Pitt News January 18, 2022
Trump supporters, who are self proclaimed warriors of the first amendment, are censoring themselves by using the popular catchphrase “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Pitt students stream Xfinity on their laptop.

Opinion | TV shows and movies don’t have to be pretentious to be enjoyable

By Rachel Soloff, Opinions Editor January 13, 2022
Entertainment is for enjoyment and you should watch what you want without fear of judgment from film bros or TV snobs.
Opinion | I’m not sorry… most of the time

Opinion | I’m not sorry… most of the time

By Anna Fischer, Staff Columnist January 13, 2022
Over-apologizing lowers self-confidence and devalues the significance of an apology. Women, especially, tend to over-apologize and should try saying “Thank you” instead of “I’m sorry.”
Graduates of the class of 2021 at graduation last spring.

Opinion | Fall and spring semester aren’t created equal

By Jessica Snyder, Staff Columnist January 12, 2022
Both semesters have plenty of variables that make them different experiences for students at Pitt and are inherently unequal.
Opinion | We can’t have a repeat of last semester

Opinion | We can’t have a repeat of last semester

By India Krug, Senior Staff Columnist January 12, 2022
The way to ensure strong mitigation is an accessible, universal online option during the spring semester.
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