The Orion

How the media takes advantage of a gay audience

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Jessie Imhoff

November 1, 2019

As our society becomes more progressive and accepting of the LGBT community, audiences have grown more accepting as well. Many viewers want diverse characters with experiences that reflect the world around them.However, many are still close-minded and against LGBT characters in the media. This has left ...

Obama trumped the media

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Susan Whaley

February 15, 2017

History seems to be forgotten rather quickly when it comes to American politics. When it comes to Barack Obama, America may have the fastest onset of short term memory loss. Obama may not have publicly waged a war on the media, such as our new president, but he avoided, criticized and tried to persecute ...

Censoring conservative voices

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Evan Roberts and Briana Mcdaniel

October 3, 2016

Freedom of speech has been a cornerstone of American life for centuries and is a seminal piece of who we are as people. The idea of conveying an idea despite being controversial or unpopular is what has driven the innovation and growth of the country. Over the summer there was some news concerning ...

Mass media is too liberal

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Jeff Guzman

April 9, 2016

It should come as a no surprise that media has always had a biased opinion. Whether you are watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster, listening to the radio or reading an article online, there is bound to be a hidden agenda behind the communication. In recent times though, it looks as if media has be...

Sex in society: Stigmas and realities

Sex in society: Stigmas and realities

Sophia Xepoleas

April 19, 2015

I am a female sex columnist for a college newspaper and am fully aware of the implications intertwined with my title. When I tell people what I do, some awkwardly giggle. A few commend me on my willingness to discuss a provocative subject. What these people have in common is their assumption that I ...

Men feel pressure to have perfect bodies too

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Allison Galbreath

April 12, 2015

When people use the phrase “standards of beauty,” it is more than likely that they think of women and the various ways media and society create these standards.And it's true. There are a lot of standards of beauty for women.I know I’ve talked about it plenty. Some areas I've touched...

Survival guide for season, series finales

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Allison Galbreath

April 5, 2015

It is the worst time of the year: finale season. It is difficult living through the break between seasons, especially when they end with cliffhangers, as they so often do. Even harder is dealing with series finales, the oh-so anticipated yet dreaded end of a show. Here are some recommende...

Cons of Cosmetic Surgery

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Allison Galbreath

March 22, 2015

Plastic surgery is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in the medical world. It basically allows people to alter their body in a way that's closer to what they desire to look and feel like. This is both amazing and frightening. Never before can people feel more comfortable in their skin....

Overvaluing beauty diminishes people’s best traits

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Allison Galbreath

March 8, 2015

“You know, if you wore makeup, you’d be really pretty!” Believe it or not, I've actually heard this comment, or some variation of it, more times than I care to count. I’m sure that, for the most part, the people who have said this to me didn't intend to insult me. But they did.It’s no...

Celebrity culture detracts from reality

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Allison Galbreath

February 22, 2015

I love the entertainment industry. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my favorite fictional characters. I’d be bored without trying to solve murders alongside the intelligent, discerning Sherlock Holmes. I wouldn't be as happy without the hilariously witty Spider-Man. I wouldn'...

Feminism ruins everything

Alyssa Dunning

November 30, 2014

I've always considered myself a feminist, but it wasn't until my women's history class at Chico State that I really understood what that meant.Feminism taught me to think critically and scrutinize everything around me. It's empowering and eye-opening, but it also ruins everything. I started watching m...

Serving up social change via social networking sites

Valerie Teegardin

May 14, 2014

Unless you've taken the concept of dead week quite literally, than you've probably noticed your Twitter stream clogging up with pleas to #BringBackOurGirls.Despite the good intentions of this campaign, Twitter hashtags won't bring back the 230 Nigerian girls who were abducted. What hashtags can do, h...

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