• Earlier in the NBA season, there has been a lot of controversy about players wearing supreme shooting sleeves and supreme leggings. Players like Kelly Oubre Jr. and JR Smith, have worn Supreme apparel while

    • Keaton,
      Thank you for post your thoughts on the apparel of NBA clothing and how it can have a affect on the social aspect of the game. A simple sleeve started so much controversy in the NBA. Do you think that is over doing the situation? Personally, I agree with Evan Turner thinking it was cool and very interesting to see that. With the Nike and NBA logo present on the sleeve. I thought that it should be allowed, but it is not. Everything in today is money making and the Supreme logo is not affiliated with the NBA. The NBA doesn’t want anything advertised that they are not affiliated with. The Supreme sleeve is used as a fashion statement showing off there sense of fashion but do to the rules they are not allowed to use it in an actually game. Do you think supreme will ever make it present in the NBA as a logo?

    • I like your argument

  • Yo Koji!
    This was a dank article (pun intended). I really liked your title because I just barely watched “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”, so it really stood out to me. I find it interesting that by legalizing marijuana, we would actually reduce crime in cities. My question is, should there be a legal age to smoking Marijuana? And how old should…[Read more]

  • Whats Up Casey!
    This is a very good article. I agree that citizen ship should be an easier process. This would make it so kids in DACA won’t have to spend as much time in the program. This could cut the costs of supporting a program and reduce the number of kids in it.

    Here is an article that might tickle your…[Read more]

  • Hey Ceasar!
    This is really cool! I didn’t now you could attach audio to a post. Anyways, I thought you did a really good job. As I looked at the places you would pause I thought that it sounded awkward, but when you read them out loud they sounded very natural and dramatic. I would say to annunciate a bit better. Here is a video that I think is a…[Read more]

  • Hey Kyle,
    This was a cool article. I have never heard of the book Thoreau of Walden Pond. I did some research on it and it seemed to be an old book. My question is, do you think that the attitudes in the book have changed in todays context? Since the book is 150 years old, do you think that the lessons apply in todays context?

  • Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard about the hip new brand called Supreme. It has become the new pop-culture phenomenon and has every young adult and teenage kids are lining up to

    • Keaton,
      Thanks for writing this piece. I am with you “dont believe in buying a hype brands like Supreme” I love the way you explicated the “Hype Machine” mechanizations of creating a luxury brand. My son is a Supreme Disciple and we always argue about the down falls of consumerism. Your piece helped me better understand why he and other young people like him can’t get enough of Supreme. Truth be told, I wore one of his Supreme hats one day, and got crazy compliments 🙂

    • Mia replied 2 months ago

      Keaton, this is quite the interesting topic. “Hype brands” are a big part of our modern world and they give us desirable products. Supreme is a skating brand so it mainly caters to skaters, and because it has been worn by celebrities, it has become more desirable. Gucci and Versace are other great examples of this phenomena, but I think it is one of the things that makes our society so interesting. Seeing what other people own, especially brand products, helps us categorize them into a certain type of person and we can relate and appreciate that person for having the same taste as us if we like that brand as well. I actually appreciate these brands because they have a story, they have a style, they procure to a culture, and although they are overpriced and limited in stock, owning one of their items makes it that much more special. Who likes living an ordinary life with literally nothing special in their time? Thank you for sharing your insight and research on this topic!

    • Dear Keaton:
      I am happy with your post, “All The Hype,” because I didn’t know what all the supreme until now. You had told me that it was a brand from 1994 and it wasn’t anything good until celebrities and basketball players was wearing them. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “it creates a sense that only the wealthy can buy it.” I think this is just sad because not everybody has parents that can provide these items for their kids. Another sentence that I saw was: “The final ingredient to Supreme’s success is the celebrity backing. Almost any product that is endorsed by a celebrity is an instant success.” This stood out for me because if you have some celebrities to wear your brand, it attracts fans of them to wear them also to show support that they have about them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have a great article about certain things and great ideas. I would hopefully want to see how your idea become even bigger than it was before.

    • Hi Keaton,

      Nice post. I actually wrote a post about the hypebeast culture a little while ago talking about the phenomenon’s effect on streetwear and modern fashion in general. This is something we’ve seen more and more of with the rising impact of social media, more than ever before we can see what other people are wearing. We can buy clothes online, we can do whatever we can afford. These brands take advantage of all of the hype they get from celebrities and icons that translates into more regular people dropping large amounts of money to get their hands on these pieces. I am against modern supreme, as they came from an urban skate brand like so many other streetwear brands, but have turned into a money making powerhouse that frankly has lost its cool. A lot of their pieces are still really creative and interesting, but the things that get the most attention are their items where they are simply slapping their logo next to another popular brand, which is boring in most cases to me.

      Here’s a short documentary that shows the impacts these brands have on street fashion, especially among young people: https://thesolesupplier.co.uk/news/are-young-hypebeasts-ruining-the-streetwear-culture/


  • Hey PJ,
    This is a very interesting post. I, much like everyone else on this forum, am a teenager as well. I am pretty addicted to my phone and cannot get off it sometimes. As surprising as it may seem, however, I am not as bad as some of my friends. What I want to know is why is playing on your phone SO addicting? Why are we drawn to it and why…[Read more]

  • Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or better known as CRISPR, is the latest and greatest DNA editing tool used by scientist today. The first research into the functions of CRISPR began in

    • Keaton, I really enjoyed your article and thought that your comparison between Huxley’s “Brave New World” and CRISPR was spot on. Though genetic engineering does sound like a good idea in theory, there are a lot of problems that come with it . A good example of this is when you claimed that: “the Director of the factory said that all the Deltas and Epsilons were content with their life since they couldn’t perceive being a Gamma or higher.” I found another source regarding the issues that would come with genetic engineering, and I hope to see more about this in the future. Thank you for sharing this.


    • Keaton,
      As CRISPR/CAS9 is just starting to see use in humans, this issue is more relevant than it’s ever been before. While the ethical issues of creating the “superhumans” and “design babies” are very real and important, CRISPR is the real deal: it could eliminate almost every major genetic disorder from the children being born into families with access to the treatment, and could be happening in just a few years. The amount of published research into CRISPR on mammals is absolutely daunting right now, and a good amount of it seems to be on working out tiny risk factors and how to prevent them from causing the treatment to fail or backfire. With this in mind, I think we have to accept that CRISPR is going to see widespread use on humans whether we like it or not and start working on how we regulate it, because that task will be monumental. There will need to be clear-cut situations where the treatment can be used only to remove severe genetic diseases and the rules will need to be enforced, or else the “classes” of “Brave New World” could become a reality.

  • Hey Koji this is a cool article. I like the picture that you chose for your topic. I had no idea that the crime rate was going down in the US. My question is, how does the crime rate in the US compare to foreign countries? and what is the alcohol consumption and economic status of those countries? Here’s a dank article to get you…[Read more]

  • My English teacher, Mr. Sloan, has been helping on a movie project with Citizen Film and PBS. The film is called American Creed and is set to debut early next year. Mr. Sloan has been gracious enough to show us 30

  • Thanks Eric,
    I also don’t believe that all rappers do drugs. Gucci Mane has also advocated against the use of codeine. However, as I read through my article again, it does seem like I say “all rappers do drugs”.

  • Warning: This article contains explicit content on the use of codeine in Hip-hop. Coarse Language involved.

    Nowadays drugs and rap practically go hand and hand. It’s common knowledge that most rappers are quite o

    • I agree what your saying with rappers and how they do a lot of drugs but most good rappers actually don’t do drugs. For example 50 Cent, J Cole,Eminem,and etc. what I’m trying to explain to u is that not every rapper does drugs.

      • Thanks Eric,
        I also don’t believe that all rappers do drugs. Gucci Mane has also advocated against the use of codeine. However, as I read through my article again, it does seem like I say “all rappers do drugs”.

    • Dear Keaton,
      I am interested with your post because that is very true. Many rappers overuse lean and marijuana not knowing the consequences. Yea it may cause them to be more creative and rake in millions of dollars off of hits but it could shorten or effect their life forever. Lean is one of the worst types of drugs to take because of the effects on the body but they seem not to care and want to portray a ” hood” look.

      One thing that stood out to me is Lil Wayne having seizures because of him drinking lean earlier on in his life which is terrifying. Many rappers just because they haven’t experienced anything bad in life yet feel like they should keep doing it till they notice it’s harming them.

    • I am interested by your post because It’s amazing to see how rap has changed within the last 20 years. One thing you said that stands out to me is that, “Believe it or not, there was a time when hip-hop artists advocated against the use of drugs. In the early days of hip-hop, most rappers used their music to condemn the use of drugs.” I think this is sad because nowadays, drugs are used as a “positive” resource for rappers.

    • I am intrigued by your post because over the past years rappers have been consuming a lot of drugs. One thing that stood out to me is when you said “Believe it or not, there was a time when hip-hop artists advocated against the use of drugs. In the early days of hip-hop, most rappers used their music to condemn the use of drugs.” I think this interesting cause nowadays most of the rappers be rapping about doing drugs and all this other stuff.

    • i am interested in your post because it really shows how the rap world has such a impact on everyone but also they do have a good impact like how most successful rappers like migos famous dex chief keef and lots more have lived a life of crime and turned there life around for the better focused on music and made it.

    • Dear Keaton,
      First I love to articular and the idea and support most of your points. The only problem i have with it is some rapers don’t do drugs but the ones that do are talking about there experiences with drugs like how they had to sell to get out of where they came or how drugs is the only thing that keeps them from thinking about the rough come up. I’m not saying it is right but still there is all ways to sides to a story. other than that is was good and enjoyed it.

      sincerely, Gideon

    • Dear Keaton,
      I am intrigued by your post because not many people post about drugs having a positive effect for anything. Saying that codeine could help make a million dollar hit is something new because when people talk about hits it mostly involves violence, guns, and gangs. One thing that stood out was “The pro’s and cons of the use of codeine in rap is unclear. Some would argue that the gains outweigh the means. If using codeine to create a song can help you rake in millions of dollars, than by all means use lean.” because the pro is greater from the cons but nothing is promised.

    • Dear Keaton,
      I am intrigued by your post because you explain how rap has changed throughout time. One thing you said that stood out to me the most was mentioning how it has impacted some of these rappers lives like Lil Waynes. You mention how he has had a problem with seizures, and he is not the only rapper that has had internal problems due to the drink usage of lean. I love how you say “Some would argue that the gains outweigh the means. If using codeine to create a song can help you rake in millions of dollars, than by all means use lean. On the other hand, is it worth it to destroy your body in the name of pursuing fame and fortune.” I think this is interesting because you state both sides of arguments.

  • This was a cool article. With a lot of good sources of information. My only question is how does this effect the issue of over crowded prisons. Today, prisons are more over crowded than they have ever been before. Here is a cool…[Read more]

  • Hey Leslie,
    I really liked your shadow box. I like the wide variety of objects. From stuffed animals, to sea shells, and tape (if that is tape, its hard to tell). I especially love the Rosie the Riveter.

  • This was a very well thought out essay Eli. I believe that Martin Luther King was one of the smartest men in American history. The quote that you used in your second paragraph was very interesting. The idea that the Emancipation Proclamation gave equal rights to blacks, but was not enforced until the 1960’s is absurd.

    P.S. Where did the Martin…[Read more]

  • Those are some cool pictures

  • Hey Tomas,
    My name is Keaton, and I am from Utah so I had never heard of this issue before. I would suggest to maybe find the pros of the bullet trains in other countries like Japan and India. Here are some sites that I…[Read more]

  • Keaton commented on the post, Can We Colonize Mars? 6 months ago

    Dear Raymond,

    I agree that Mars is the next step for human expedition and science. Simply getting to the moon was an enormous feat for human kind and now that we posses all the technology to reach Mars, I think that it would be foolish to not capitalize on such an immense opportunity. In terms of cost, the amount of money it would take to go to…[Read more]

  • High School textbooks don’t have anything on Asian Americans during the civil rights era. There were a lot of Asian activists in the mid to late twentieth century. All of them are not well known amongst most youth

    • Keaton, this is awesome that you wrote about this because Asian american history is very rarely talked about even today despite being a major part of our history. Aoki and Kochiyama are completely new names to me which is unfortunate, but I’m glad you are taking an active role in spreading their work. You may find it interesting to look into things like the Chinese Massacre of 1871 because that too is an event very rarely put into textbooks despite being so brutal. It’s definitely an expansive topic with a lot to uncover so I hope to see more on your views in the future.

    • Keaton, I loved this article. I am an asian american myself living in Utah. Rarely do people think of my ethnic group when considering social or political activism. I admit this is the first I have ever heard of any notable again activist. I encourage you to keep focusing on this issue and maybe writing some on on going issues that effect asians across the world.

    • This is really cool Keaton! I think it’s great that you’ve noticed this as well. In my AP U.S. History class last year, there was virtually no mention of Asian American activists during the Civil Rights era. I have to say that what I found most interesting in this writing is the bit about Yuri Kochiyama as “the woman who holds Malcolm X’s head”. I thought that was especially provocative because everyone knows who Malcolm X is and I myself have seen that photo and not thought twice about the others in the photo. Keep it up! I can’t wait to see where else you can take this.

    • Thanks for writing this post on such an understated (or outright ignored) topic in American history. It’s really cool that one of the two you mentioned even pressured UC Berkely into a whole new department! I’m curious about what you think the reasons Asian-Americans aren’t well-represented in media are. I’m looking forward to reading your next post!

    • Keaton, this is a great article! As you mentioned, textbooks generally don’t portray Asian-Americans and it stands true because I was unaware of many of the injustices mentioned in your research. I love that you included to historical figures that represent your culture and what you are trying to bring to attention. It seems as though you have already done a great deal of astonishing research and you also seem most likely to continue your research, so here a link with a few more Asian-American activists for you to research! http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/asian-americans-activists/

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