Author Archives: EMILY HOPKINS

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: THE DEEP ROOTS OF THE PROBLEM IN FERGUSON

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Since being radical means getting to the root of things, I thought to address some of the unfortunate reactions to developments in Ferguson, and to trace them back to the underlying problems. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: A CRISIS OF MEDIA LITERACY

NEWS RAD

It’s no surprise that popular outlets like BuzzFeed get most of their revenue from sponsored content, but these days media conglomerates like Time, Inc. and the New York Times Company are also embracing native advertising with the idea that as long as advertorials are labeled, readers will be able to tell the difference between that and real news. Continue reading

Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: DO I LOOK HOMELESS?

HOMELESS

Her hair is always clean and pulled back, and her clothes are always neat and fitted. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: TIME TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT GAZA

EMILY PALESTINE

Here in the Hub, when hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered to protest in the name of Palestine last week, our own Boston Globe didn’t even send a photographer. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: MOVING MORE STUDENTS ONTO CAMPUS ISN’T THE ANSWER

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It is entirely possible that additional student housing would take some pressure off of neighborhoods like Mission Hill and Allston-Brighton that have increasingly become extensions of peripheral schools. But I can’t imagine a world in which more housing, in its current form, could keep students on campus. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: THE LINE WILL NOT SAVE US

FREE RAD

Those protesters are going to be there whether or not there is a line, and the culture of shame and fear will also still be there. Continue reading

Music Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: WHITE BOY BANDS FALL BACK

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If you have any respect for your music or your (potential) fans, then you need some fucking diversity. And not just to groove with some kind of agenda I have for all types of media to better reflect marginalized communities, though that is a huge part of it. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: WHERE ATHLETICISM MEETS ELITISM

FIFA PROTEST

Boston doesn’t have slums like Brazil does. Nor do we have such pervasive government corruption. But inviting the Olympics to our city would mean needing real answers about how to host the games without causing harm to our neighborhoods, be that related to increased police presence or potential displacement. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: CAN’T BUY ME PRIDE

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We have come a long way, but being queer can still mean death, might mean second-class citizenship, and will definitely mean harassment of some kind. Continue reading