What is the difference between stupidity and bravery? For one, an act of stupidity actively endangers the participants and unnecessarily compromises the safety of all involved. For example, performing a dangerous stunt or intentionally harming yourself is decidedly “stupid.”

In essence, stupidity is the reckless usage of risk, whereas bravery…

Psychological cruelty, corporal punishment, and institutionalism surround the idyllic scenery of the “Pleasant” Valley. Indeed, Camarillo State Mental Hospital, adjacent to an unassuming strawberry farm, encloses a sinister veil. What spirits lurk beyond it? The answer: Victims of Eugenics, electroconvulsive therapy, and captivity of the mentally unstable. Repurposed into “California…

Once, our species relied solely on genetics for innovation; it’s an arbitrary facilitator of progress and an indomitable rival to our technological ingenuity. Ironically, equipped with our unprecedented hereditary intelligence, we’re hacking nature’s code. Indeed, randomized natural selection is outdated, and we’re inventing artificial consciousness. Traditionally, Phenomenology postulated that consciousness…

YouTube Red, a hopeful contender in the race of streaming services, tripped right out the gate. Not only did it fail to stick the landing, but it also missed the mark by an immeasurable margin of error. Subpar scriptwriting, lackluster performances, and amateur camerawork produced a distinctly “L.A.” filter. To…

Wii Sports, an immersive gameplay with endless replay value, was graphically-stunning masterpiece. The Wii, a Japanese console debuting in 2006, decided to lessen the focus on sheer processing power and emphasize motion-sensor technology. The Wii Remote, or Wiimote, a wireless accessory to the Wii, was a revolutionary inclusion to off-the-couch…

In the 2020s, we reside in a translucent reality. It is a streamlined model of the real world — the individual occupies a neat little box, unable to crawl outside of the imaginary rectangle. Everyone is meticulously woven into a patchwork quilt of characters, and the Internet is our stage…

Jim Morrison once proclaimed, “Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence.” In this, Morrison succinctly explains the fundamental flaw of the United States, and to a broader extension, all bloodthirsty entities. In 1968, on the Waiting for the Sun album, the Doors released their first single…

Poets are relentless in their pursuit of a witty catchphrase, and in the last few centuries, they’ve become a kind of advertiser to the human race. However, to become one of these revered composers of literature, you’re force-fed a mandatory curriculum to absorb the “brilliance” of ancient intellectuals.

And you…

Ideally, on January 6th, 2021, the Electoral College count would have begun, and presumably, honored Joe Biden with president-elect status. Yet, in a frightful twist, an armed-militia crusaded into the Capitol and terrorized the congressmembers in a vivid display of domestic terrorism. Suddenly, the Capitol transformed into a mass shooting…

Mr. Mojo Risin’. The Lizard King. Jimbo.

The Doors, an almost-mythical rock band fronted by the enigmatic provocateur Jim Morrison, plotted an unorthodox foray into the American consciousness and violently slashed the rigid conservatism of post-World War Two America. …

Clio Kolkey

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