Stories from Shoaib Khan
“I lived off of fried potatoes and onions for the semester. I actually lived better as a grad student than I do now.”
“I’ve had to turn off the heat a lot.”
Polls show that many Americans do not trust their media. These sentiments are not entirely unjustified, as experts have long examined and studied propaganda in the media. In their 1988 book, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman examine American reporting across decades of time and thousands of miles, involving various wars and conflicts. A common theme is that the facts are often filtered based on what is most beneficial for the privileged class.
International Women’s Day is thought to be a time when women of diverse backgrounds can come together to celebrate the great advances that women have made over the course of human history. For many like Illinois Tech senior Saja Hamayel, a digital humanities student, it can often be a time of great confusion and suspense.
“The Death and Life of American Journalism” is a 2010 book written in response to a decline in credible journalism and the implications this has for American politics. The work, written by renowned journalist John Nichols and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) communications professor Robert McChesney, is a good introduction to the evolution of journalism over the past several decades. It is also an excellent analysis of the risks that corporate interests pose to public intellectual life.
It was recently reported that President Trump seeks to expand the military budget by 54 billion dollars. It can be presumed that this is to make the country stronger against foreign threats. This is not a rare idea among politicians, as even former president Obama was open to the idea. He had once stated “given the depletion of our forces after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will probably need a somewhat higher budget in the immediate future” (Audacity of Hope, P. 307).
Malcolm X is a name that will go down in history. Famous for making a name for himself in the Civil Rights movement, most Americans know about his difficult childhood and brief stint in prison. Many also know that prison is where the young man spent his time reading the works of various writers, particularly Elijah Muhammad. What many may not know, however, is his deeper ideological ties with resistance movements all around the world. Few, for example, know the impact on him by the Algerian independence activist Frantz Fanon (Figure 1).
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” (John Adams, Founding Father)