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Zari Taylor


Opinion

Column: TikTok ban misdirects outrage on data abuse

"What Republican and Democratic lawmakers are concerned with is the inappropriate use of data, but targeting TikTok misdirects their frustration, thinly cloaking it in nationalism and xenophobia. Rebuking TikTok for the dangers of their data practices fails to acknowledge the practices of American companies — a real pot and kettle situation."

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Column: Avoiding police brutality on social media

"Nichols is not the first victim of police brutality whose final moments circulated on social media. While the video brought the case to national attention, galvanizing protests in some parts of the country, seeing police brutality shared on social media is uncomfortable and triggering."

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Column: "Her Loss" is Actually His Loss

"As an avid Drake fan, I was disappointed with “Her Loss.” Sonically, it is well produced, but a slower listen to some lyrics highlights a more interesting story of a rich but perhaps lonely man still in search of himself. One nearly forgets that it’s a collaborative project with 21 Savage’s contributions outdone by Drake’s overpowering narcissism."

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Column: Why do we sensationalize celebrity deaths?

"While all gun violence is senseless, Takeoff’s talent and promising music career make his death harder to cope with. His contributions to the world mean that this loss impacts not only his family but his fans. It’s frustrating that the final moments of his life were recorded and circulated online."

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Column: The Woman King explores a lesser known history

"The Woman King tells a beautiful but complicated story about integrity, community, hard work, and triumphing over one’s enemies. It’s got something for everyone – action, drama, comedic moments and of course, some nonfiction. The history it is based on is more complicated and demonstrates the legacies of capitalism, racism and slavery that we are still unpacking, unaware of and uncomfortable with."

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