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    So Much Media: Taking a Step Back

      So Much Media: Taking a Step Back I opened Instagram to a sea of posts, all blank; no—all black… S. L. 11/27/2020 I opened Instagram to a sea of posts, all blank; no—all black.  After a weeklong Instagram hiatus, my return to social media suggested a surprising flood of solidarity. Similar captions sped me up to date: To stand with black and brown communities, users were joining in on an international day of “blacking out” the platform to emphasize a conversation on institutionalized racial implications in America.  Relieved that I had not missed out on #blackouttuesday, I reached for the post icon, then hesitated. My perspective ping-ponged in such…

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    Boys Will Be Boys

    Boys Will Be Boys The Negative Effects of Toxic Masculinity on Mental Health   Peining Zhang 11/27/2020  *June is Men’s Health Month! This movement strives to create awareness and fight the negative stigma of mental illnesses in men* The emphasis society places on social media creates a negative stigma towards mental health in men, branching off a set of unrealistic ideas created by society that are now seen as the norm. Toxic masculinity refers to a cultural concept that outlines hegemonic masculinity that could not only harm personal relationships, but mental health as well. Based on recent studies, it is clear that this harmful concept is deeply associated with the…