Brandman and Beyond

A Critical Reflection on my academic experience at Brandman University Introduction George Washington said, “Discipline is the soul of an army.  It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” When I was younger, I must admit I didn’t have much discipline to continue anything, whether it was a job,…

Racial Profiling: How Is This Still A Thing?

If you’re familiar with HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you might be familiar with a segment they call, “How Is This Still A Thing?”  They ponder the continuing existence of questionable holidays, customs, and trends such as Columbus Day, Daylight Savings Time, and (groan)… So, allow me to contribute a short but equally…

My Tirade on Education…and whether it matters or not.

Featured image from article on Don Miyada by Angry Asian man Original article here from my Medium.com webpage So, my first day attending Liberal Arts Core Foundations class in Brandman University, I was told to free-write about education using this prompt: “Education is not bucket of shit you fill up. It’s lighting a fire under your ass.”…

The Role of an Individual With Regards to Problems in Society

INTRODUCTION I feel there is a general impression that things today are still bad, despite current statistics saying otherwise via GIPHY – Current unemployment rate: 3.9% – Have friends and family struggling to find work – Last reported U.S. poverty rate: 12.7%, – Significant decline from 2010, but still 1.7% higher than lowest recorded figure…

Power of the People through YouTube

It’s almost global knowledge that Hollywood’s blockbuster movies have generated a dominant cultural hegemony that echoes America’s image as the world’s greatest superpower.  A notable example is 2004’s disaster epic, The Day After Tomorrow.  In the final scene of the movie, the new President Raymond Becker, begins his speech with the traditional ‘my fellow Americans’…

How “Casablanca” led to the “Glass Ceiling” (and if or when it’ll be broken)

If you ask a movie nerd about Casablanca, he’ll probably talk your ear of about Rick, Ilsa, and Louis not being able to escape their past.  But if you approach Laura Fraser, a freelance writer for Salon.com, her account will most likely consist of her experiences with a city and culture where the public world…

Think Tank Thursdays: Power of the People through Youtube

This is a short essay I wrote for one of my classes in Brandman University. It’s almost global knowledge that Hollywood’s blockbuster movies have generated a dominant cultural hegemony that echoes America’s image as the world’s greatest superpower.  A notable example is 2004’s disaster epic, The Day After Tomorrow.  In the final scene of the…

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