8 Spooky Films to Watch This Halloween

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Although Halloween has passed, don’t be afraid (see what I did there?) to check out these pumpkin-holiday favorites!

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With Halloween only a few days away, every one is basking in October’s spooky spirit. This year, our Entertainment Team was very excited to craft together an Agnes-worthy Halloween movie marathon for you! Check out our list of eight staff-picked films and reviews, spanning from the 1960s to the present:

#1: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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17000980889_21f9268f9f_oHorror films are notoriously harsh on female characters. During the late 70s and 80s, the popularity of slasher films made the genre synonymous with bimbos, boobs, and blood, to the point where directors are now satirizing the “Scream Queen” trope (as seen in the Scream franchise, as well as in Cabin in the Woods). For this reason, I’m always interested in horror films that allow women protagonists some depth, and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is one of the first to do so. Despite Director Roman Polanski’s questionable personal history with consent (see his 1977 sexual abuse…

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Is Creative Commons Good for Copyright?

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Interesting read. How many of you use Creative Common licenses? If you’re one of the many, like myself, I would suggest giving this article a gander.

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One of the beauties and frustrations of dealing with issues online is the immediate feedback loop and the possibility that such a loop amounts to little more than people talking at each other, rather than with each other. We experienced this last week, when we posted the following thoughts to our Twitter account (@copycense):

Empirical question: how much is it worth in publicity, goodwill for creator to use Creative Commons license vs. copyright registration?

Empirical question: How many creators involved in the arts actually take the time to learn copyright basics? How do they do it?

Empirical question: If creators don’t understand basic copyright, how can they reasonably distinguish between copyright & Creative Commons?

Would energy behind CC be applied better to calibrating U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 to be more neutral to citizen creators? (See Canada)

This chain of thoughts began while we watched a talk by filmmaker…

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Recommended reading / viewing / listening

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This week: ‘Force Awakens’ trailer sets record / Obama and the Charleston shooting / What ‘Back to the Future II’ correctly anticipated / Rachel Dolezal’s hair / Drunk Nixon during a Mideast crisis

Most of these great items come from my social media networks. Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Facebook for more fascinating videos, photos, articles, essays, and criticism.

1.After Charleston Shooting, a Sense at the White House of Horror, Loss and Resolve
By Peter Baker | The New York Times | June 18
“After a series of police shootings, protests and riots, this latest eruption of violence reflected a country on edge and a president struggling to pull the American people together. Any hopes of what supporters once called a ‘postracial’ era now seem fanciful as Mr. Obama’s second term increasingly focuses on what he termed ‘a dark part of…

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Is Freedom an Illusion?

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Short answer: Yes.
This post deserves a lengthy reply. Very interesting.

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Let me be very clear when I say I do not mean free will, that is a different discussion. When I talk about freedom I refer to complete liberation. So many ideologies pride themselves with liberating man from government, social expectations,

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religious and moral standards, ect. But whether complete liberation is possible is still up for debate.

A man can be free of government in the case that there is no government, but he will not be free from man altogether. The abolition of government still leaves social rules to dictate the actions of man. Let’s say a man lives in an anarcho-syndicalist society and they have just freed themselves of the shackles of government. Any rules that the society puts forth, as just as they may be, limit the man. For instance that man would not be free to take things from…

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Superhero Movies Are Pretty Much The Worst

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Superhero movies ain’t what they used to be. It’s a shame that CGI now distracts from the formulaic plot lines, thin backstories, and shallowly likable characters.

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Hold on…it’s Hot Take Friday!

Yes, I’m not a fan of superhero movies and perhaps that puts me in a minority among middle-aged males, but I can’t help it.

Don’t get me wrong…I used to like the superhero films. I remember watching the early versions of Superman with Christopher Reeve and the late 80s-early 90s cheesy Batman movies.

I enjoyed them as a kid. Now, though, I’d probably rather watch a Lifetime movie starring an aging Jason Priestley.

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Freelance Writing: This is What it Feels Like to be Exhausted by What You Love

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Writer Hunter S. Thompson, while probably feeling similar to the way I feel about my laptop after writing and editing all day, prepares to shoot his typewriter to smithereens.
Writer Hunter S. Thompson, while probably feeling similar to the way I feel about my laptop after writing and editing all day, prepares to shoot his typewriter to smithereens.

A month or so ago, I got the idea in my head that I needed to become a freelancer. Like, now. Despite the fact that I am only a rising college sophomore, despite the fact I have little experience in my writing representing anyone other than myself, I decided to take the plunge.

Surprisingly, it’s been working out great.

I feel this immense gratification in knowing that there are people out there willing to not only pay for my work, but swear to heavens that its worth more than the $5 they paid me for it.

That’s right. Just $5.

Because I have virtually no experience, I searched for ways to gain experience while online. That’s when I happened upon a freelancer blog talking about Fiverr. I decided to sign up for the site. Things started slow for the first few day and then suddenly, they rocketed off. It’s barely been a month since I’ve signed up for the site an I’m already rated as a Level One seller because of the orders I’ve fulfilled and the views my Gigs get.

I’m earning money doing what I love. However, it still manages to be demoralizing. I’m giving my 100% to people who are just paying my $5 in the hopes that eventually that $5 will turn into $15 an hour somewhere, somehow.I have high hopes for myself and in the process of making sure my “hopes” turn into a “reality,” I am exhausting myself.

I wake up and write, edit, write some more, edit again, copy edit, write even more, and maybe ever top all of this off with some web coding because, really, I am a renaissance woman and I’ve dared myself to do it all. Whatever I can do, I am doing. Even things I thought I couldn’t pull off, I am pulling them off. I’ve crossed that line to where bullshitting has turned into “Hey, you actually good at this!”  I often think that I won’t make this deadline nor that one, but by jove, I ‘m doing it and I’m doing it well. 

Well, at least that’s what people tell me.

Anyway, despite all this success and the immense gratification I feel in completing and reading over  my work, I’m in desperate need of being able to write for myself without the thought of work hovering over me. I need the time to read for myself without the thought of 5 approaching deadlines.

I wonder how full-time freelance writers live with themselves. You can’t create your own schedule, despite what hundreds of blogs say. You are at the will and mercy of those that order your services. You will always be on someone else’s deadline, that is if you feel a sense of urgency with every job that you receive like I do. Taking a break threatens your income. There are no retirement funds. There is no paid leave. You have no provided safety net unless you earn enough to create one yourself.

If I do decide to become a professional freelance writer (I guess I kinda already am?), my life will also consist of a normal 9-5 that will most likely be A) working at Wal-Mart or B) working as an IT specialist (aiming for choice B, of course). I hear having a steady, traditional job in addition to freelance work is the fate of most freelancers. Whoever earns a living off just writing is incredibly lucky and has internal patience that only years of meditation could give me. If I were them, I’d want a break. My hands would start to hurt. My mind would start to dull. My standards would slowly but surely diminish. I would need to breathe.

But you know what a journalist told a crowd me along with a crowd of other aspiring writers at a journalism conference? That when you write about life for a living, when you write for people and not yourself, there’s no such thing as breath that lasts longer than a few hours.

Could I survive like that? Right now, I’m saying no, but maybe I’ll be saying yes in the future.

There’s still much to learn. In the meantime, I have to get back to writing and editing six articles I have due by tomorrow…

Why You Should Drop Urban Outfitters and American Apparel

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This is an article I wrote for my college’s student paper about why people shop at American Apparel or Urban Outfitters. Also, update: Charney was removed from the company entirely in December 2014.

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In the case of Urban Outfitters and American Apparel, it appears that evil comes in the form of international corporations, as another year means another controversy and jump in sales.

Both Urban Outfitters and American Apparel use controversy as a marketing strategy. However, they have crossed the line this past year. With the recent exposure of American Apparel’s offensive CEO, Dov Charney, and Urban Outfitters’ creation of  a fake blood-stained Kent State sweatshirt, we shoppers are reminded why we need to stop shoveling money into these two stores.

According to USA Today, Urban Outfitters was under fire in 2003 for selling a Monopoly parody game called Ghettopoly. The racist game portrayed “life in the ghetto” with a black man holding a gun and a “40 bottle.” The cover included such placement pieces: a crack pipe, a marijuana leaf, a pimp, a hoe, a…

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