Our Time Is Worth Money: The Unpaid Internship Scam

You finally landed the internship of your dreams, you will spend your summer interning at a women’s empowerment NGO in Rwanda. You, with no experience at all besides a couple of courses and multiple buzzfeed videos under your belt, will get on a plane to help empower women. That sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

Here’s the catch, you will not receive any sort of compensation. Yet, your professors, your college counselors, and basically everyone around you, including yourself have bought into the idea that this internship will open many doors. And actually, you are right, it will open doors to other unpaid internships. Employers will take one look at your resume, find it interesting, ask you a couple of questions regarding your previous internship, which you will endlessly gush about, and well–you will land a new unpaid internship.

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Hollywood Actors or Activists? Futile Appeals to False Authority

What is it these days, that every person in the entertainment industry feels like they need to put their two cents on every issue not pertaining to their profession? When did it become acceptable to just let them prattle around about the topics they know nothing about on the basis of their face recognition? And why does it seem that half of those clowns are more bent on activism than acting these days?

Ponder this for a moment: When your car breaks down you won’t listen to what an actor playing a mechanic has to say on the matter, you’ll take the car to the real mechanic. So why is it that it somehow matters what a certain actor has to say about climate change or immigration?

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MTA Catastrophe: A Typical Week on the NYC Subway

Us, New Yorkers, have a love-hate relationship with our subway system. We love that we can stay out all night and not worry about the subway closing at any point, unlike European cities, and everything else we hate. While delays here and there are common, lately NYC Subways have been a hot mess. And by a hot mess, I don’t mean white-girl drunk at a party, I mean hot because it’s always gross and uncomfortably warm down there and simply a mess. It doesn’t cut it anymore to take a train that’s three or five minutes early in order to account time for delays. It seems that in order to make it to work on time you should take the train thirty minutes earlier.

On a good day, I arrive to work fifteen minutes early. On a bad day, when I tend to get dressed slowly, I’m at work ten to five minutes early. My regular commute, according to google maps, is fifty-six minutes long. Some days it takes longer, other days it’s shorter. I usually give myself between an hour and ten minutes and an hour and twenty minutes to make sure that I make it to my job with plenty of time. This also allows me to not push people on the train and not to rush when catching my transfer train. Seems reasonable, no?

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Fake News: Mainstream Media’s Very Own Picture of Dorian Gray

Decadent, immoral, and corrupt.

If you follow mainstream media these days, you might end up with the feeling that there is a new dating system in place. It is no more B.C. and A.D., now it seems to be B.T. (Before Trump) and A.T. (After Trump). And it does seem that the number of things that mainstream media make up, will not wash away anytime soon. The latest fad, until recently at least, was pushing the narrative on fake news. Scratch that, thanks to CNN it’s creating fake news.

Now, for those who don’t know, fake news has it’s own storied and time-honoured tradition, where The Onion is regarded as an institution in that particular genre. But instead of leaving it be, the mainstream media in their frenzy to find “the real cause” of why their anointed queen lost the elections, too scared to look in the mirror, decided to have a go at it.

How you ask?

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