The Internet is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles This Week

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This week the internet was repetitive and gross. It was filled with a lot of articles about the same things, mostly Donald Trump and Oprah. Highlights: People want Oprah to run for president and others think that is idiotic, Trump managed to piss off the entire world by calling parts of the world a “shithole,” we can make schools less segregated by rezoning, and Moira Donegan came forward as the creator of the “Shitty Media Men List.”

1. NBC: Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes took place last Sunday night, and Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. de Mille Award. Her speech is one for the ages. In her speech, Oprah defended the press, championed #metoo, declared that the time is up for oppressive men in power, and welcomed the dawning of a new day. 

2. The Guardian: Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers

After her speech, many called for Oprah to run for president in 2020. People were also quick to point out that this is an idiotic idea and shows that we have learned nothing from Trump. A lot of news outlets, including Buzzfeed,   Washington Post, Vice and more all published thought pieces on why Oprah 2020 is a bad idea. But what exactly are Oprah’s politics? And if she won the office of the president, what would it mean for America? To some, “Oprah is appealing precisely because her stories hide the role of political, economic, and social structures.”

3. Washington Post: Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

During a meeting in the Oval Office on Thursday, Donald Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.” The meeting was to discuss reaching a bipartisan deal on immigration. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders “still believe[s] we can get there,” while the director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, says we are nowhere close.

4. The Intercept: Donald Trump’s Vile Words Should Remind Us That America Owes Everything to Haitians

After Trump’s remarks were published in the Washington Post, many were quick to call him out for being racist, but also for forgetting the history of the country. “Without the bravery of Haitians, Thomas Jefferson would never have been able to complete the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the United States as we know it today would not exist.”

5. The New York Times: In Deepest Cold, a Subway Car Becomes the Shelter of Last Resort 
During the coldest parts of the year, many of New York’s homeless descend to the subways to keep warm. Some have been doing this for years, and each line has its own culture. The 24 hour trains gain a new purpose on cold winter nights, that of a traveling shelter. 

6. Vox: We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does.

As a person that grew up in the suburbs in Michigan, and was mostly educated in private schools, I did not have to think much about school zoning growing up. There was only one middle is high school (which I did not graduate from) in my suburb.  Yes, I lived in a mostly white, well to do suburb. My parents and many of my friend’s parents worked at the university in town, and they all had graduate degrees.

It was not until I came to Baltimore that I had interactions with public school systems in large cities that were zoned and segregated. Making schools more integrated is not as logistically complicated as people bureaucratically make it.

7. The Cut: I Started the Media Men List My name is Moira Donegan.

Moira Donegan came forward as the creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list that traveled the internet in October. The list, which went public soon after its creation, was intended to function as a digital whisper network. The list quickly grew out of her control, and gained criticism for its “ elitist, or just insular” nature. Donegan now reflects on her actions, and how we can learn from her mistakes going forward.  

8. BuzzFeed: “America’s Next Top Model” Is A Prisoner Of Its Own Premise

Cycle 24 of America’s Next Top Model premiered this week. This cycle has a focus on “diversity” of all types: race, age, and bodytype are the main ones being promoted. But how does this work for a show that is centered around an industry that does not seem to support these changes, and has a spotty history of its own when it comes to these changes?

9. Socialist Worker: The Man in Black goes to Folsom

Fifty years after Johnny Cash gave his concerts behind prison walls, At Folsom Prison, is still considered one of the best live albums recorded. Throughout his career Cash advocated for prison reform and gave concerts to inmates. Cash believed  “by doing a prison concert, we were letting inmates know that somewhere out there in the free world was somebody who cared for them as human beings.”

10. Baltimore Beat: University of Maryland Medical Center officials respond after a woman is discharged wearing only a hospital gown

On January 9th University of Maryland Medical Center released a woman in just a hospital gown and socks. It was about 30 degrees when she was released. This is fucked up.

Honorable Mention:

The New York Times: Hawaii Panics After Alert About Incoming Missile Is Sent in Error

Yesterday and emergency alert of an inbound missile to Hawaii was sent out in error. People in Hawaii took the situation very seriously and many were heading to basements and underground shelters in fear for their lives. It took 38 minutes for the error to be announced.

The emergency alert system in Hawaii is controlled by the state, while the ability to detect missiles is in the hands of the United States Strategic Command and Northern Command. It was the United States Strategic Command and Northern Command that first stated there was no evidence of a missile.

BuzzFeed: People Are Screaming After Natalie Portman Called Out The Sexism Of The Globes’ Director Category

In another highlight from the Golden Globes, while presenting the award best director, Natalie Portman called out sexism in Hollywood. Before introducing the nominees she simply added “all-male.”

Huffington Post: Projector Lights Up Trump’s D.C. Hotel With ‘Shithole’ And Poop Emojis

If you took a look at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, you might think it was a real shithole. An artist with a video projector gave the Trump family’s D.C. hotel a makeover using President Donald Trump’s very own and very racist words.

*All images taken from reference articles*

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