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True Detective 3 Was The Best One Yet

By Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

It’s almost as if True Detective 2 never happened.

Back From The Dead

What a season and what a comeback for True Detective. The belabored moans and groans of a drunken Colin Farrell that had dotted and plagued the second season are gone. In their place has returned the quiet and subtle terror that painted the familiar canvas of the original True Detective 1. What’s more, the newest True Detective builds on an unmistakable emotional element not so easily spotted in previous seasons. Continue reading “True Detective 3 Was The Best One Yet”

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The Walking Dead’s Ninth Season Has Returned the Show to Its Previous Level of Greatness

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

AMC’s The Walking Dead just finished the first half of its ninth season and I can safely say this show is back to being great. It is no secret, seasons 7 and 8 received mixed reviews and were met with much dissatisfaction from many fans, and ratings saw a significant dip. While Jeffrey Dean Morgan offered an entertaining portrayal of Negan in those seasons, the overall writing and premise of the show lost its touch, and more importantly its charisma. I have been a fan of this show since I began watching it live in the fourth season after binging the first three… over six years ago. This show at one point was the biggest thing in TV pop-culture in North America, and while it still enjoys a great deal of success across the World, it has slightly lost touch here in North America with the last two seasons. I try to refrain from discussing TV too often as it is a World that is much more difficult to follow than film, but I must share my thoughts and continue to echo the message that is becoming louder and more consistent among the fan base and the average TV critic, this show is back to being great. New showrunner Angela Kang took the helm of this season and was faced with great difficulty regarding many complications leading up to it. The team promised a fresher season, it promised a better season and so far halfway through they have not failed to deliver on those promises. This is the first time in a long time that I can safely say that The Walking Dead has delivered eight, at the very least good, episodes to open up a season. Even in its glory days the show had an episode or two in the first half that dragged but with season 9 that is just not the case. What made the last two seasons hurt was how the writers developed the characters, or lack thereof. Season 9 takes fans back to the roots, what made this show great, and that is meaningful drama between the characters we root for. The show has really done a tremendous job this season at making characters who fell dry the last few seasons feel fresh, revitalized and absolutely more fun to watch. There is real development again, there is real thrill again and the new characters and arcs that have been introduced this season are all landing smoothly with great success. While this show still after nine years remains to be AMC’s number one show, it’s clear it probably won’t get back to the glory days when it was number one everywhere (ratings wise, that is), but this show is back in terms of quality and intrigue. I keep telling myself after every episode this season just how fresh that feels and I am officially hooked again.The Walking Dead has taken risks, managed to juggle many complications off screen, and introduce new characters that are interesting while still finding ways to freshen up the characters we know and love this season, and I applaud them for making it a success, so far. So, all I’m saying is this, if you are a past viewer, one who has turned it off, or one who just can’t seem to find the time to commit, give it a chance again… I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The second half of AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 will premiere Sunday, February 10that 9pm EST.


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Supreme Court to Solve Free Speech v. Private Corporation Debate

By Mason Mohon | United States

Brett Kavanaugh’s turbulent entrance into the Supreme Court will first be met with a potentially groundbreaking free speech case. The case is that of Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702. As CNBC reports, this case centers around whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which would leave it accountable to the free speech protections in the First Amendment.

Producers DeeDee Halleck and Jesus Melendez say that Manhattan Neighborhood Network suspended them for expressing views that were critical of the network, which they claim violates their right to free speech. Attornies for MNN have said the court now has the opportunity to use this case to solve the larger question of social media censorship. In their final plea, MNN wrote the following.

We stand at a moment when the very issue at the heart of this case—the interplay between private entities, nontraditional media, and the First Amendment—has been playing out in the courts, in other branches of government, and in the media itself.

Although this case is not directly related to social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, the decision would have implications on the workings of those companies. Most social media is “public access.” Any user can log in at no cost as long as they have an internet connection and a device to access it. The recent banning of conservative and alternative voices has left those that lay outside of the 3 by 5 of political opinions worried. Alex Jones is the most notable of the bunch. His organization, Infowars, was removed from every mainstream social media platform.

As this case reaches the Supreme Court, one must wonder what a ruling in favor of the producers would mean for America. Libertarian ethics stand staunchly against state action when it comes to the inner workings of private companies, and this includes the social media giants. Many libertarians would rather that the social media platforms remain outside of the control of the state than have secured access to them. It is a noble and ethical decision, but it may come at a cost.

The state is here to stay, and so are the social media titans. It may be of strategic advantage to have the state permanently insulate revolutionary ideas into these platforms. It may, in fact, ensure the eventual destruction of these organizations. Ideas are important, and they need to clash. Libertarians could start social movements to get people to use their sovereignty as a consumer to leave these platforms, but that may prove difficult. A layperson is far more susceptible to the dopamine addiction that these companies have planted into their minds than they are to libertarian theory. The endless mindless scrolling through an Instagram feed is a far preferable decision to the average individual than taking up Rothbardianism and carrying out the revolution.

So this case poses a potential question to libertarians – strategy or brutally logical ethics? It is a tough choice, and either way, libertarians have a tough fight ahead of them. But that seems to be the way that it will always be for the men and women fighting for freedom amidst people who are more than happy being a member of the herd. Or an NPC.


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