Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Controversy

Ask dinner party guests the biggest cliche of topics to steer clear of, and of course they will answer religion, politics, or money. Ask teachers why they shy away from controversial topics in the class, and they’ll answer that conversations can get too heated, unpredictable, and uncontrollable. Some bloggers and writers even make it their personal mission to avoid these topics so they don’t offend any current or potential readers. I’ve been thinking about this, and I adamantly disagree with the notion that we should avoid controversy. Instead, I think we SHOULD discuss controversial topics because the more we talk about it, the more we learn how to have productive conversations instead of stubborn showdowns.

We need to learn the tools to participate in these conversations; we need to push ourselves to be educated on these topics instead of clinging onto unfounded, obstinate opinions; we need to learn to open our minds and hearts to hearing other points of views, practice thoughtful consideration, and tactful responses to disagreements.

Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Basic B****

Do you like:

  • Starbucks?
  • Pumpkin?
  • Pumpkin spice?
  • Pumpkin spice Starbucks?
  • Uggs?
  • Leggings?
  • Leggings and Uggs?
  • iPhones?
  • Forever 21?
  • Instagramming food?
  • Buzzfeed?
  • Greek yogurt?
  • Brunch?
  • Yoga or barre?
  • Lauren Conrad (and you loved her since she was LC)?
  • Rooftop get togethers?
  • Ryan Gosling?
  • A good top knot or messy bun?

If you answered yes to these, and especially if you are a white female in your late teens and early twenties, I’m sorry to tell you, but you are what many in pop culture consider “basic.”

So What About the Music Industry?

Guest post written by the talented and inspiring Jackie Loupakos, student at Columbia College in Chicago.

We live in a world that is rather demanding. I’ve noticed that a demand in any industry gets worse with the help of technology and all of its advances. Every little thing changes in an industry when you least expect it to. In the case of music, I find it difficult and quite exhausting trying to keep up with all the various forms of how people listen to music. Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, Soundcloud; the list is endless. I am currently studying Audio Design and Production at Columbia College Chicago, along with a minor in Music Business. One of the many issues we talk about in my department is how the popular avenues for purchasing music always change.

Today, artists are speaking against streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Picture this: You are an independent artist who has your work on one of the these sites. If someone clicks play on a song, you earn a cent or sometimes even nothing. Here is my problem with this: it’s just not fair.

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