Articles by Katie Hopewell

Katie Hopewell is a Sophomore Political Science and English double major with a concentration in Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication. Katie is from Emerald Isle, North Carolina and spends her spare time playing frisbee for CofC's Women's Ultimate Team.


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Not a Trend: Mental Health in Today’s Media

The relationship between popular media/celebrities and mental health has always been inharmonious. From the thin figure of the 1930’s movie star Judy Garland–attained through severe bulimia and misuse of amphetamines–to current rapper Lil Uzi Vert’s praise of the benzodiazepine Xanax in his platinum single “XO Tour Lif3,” it is clear that the concept of the media glorifying…

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Real Talk: Finstas

During my sophomore year of high school, I was once tasked with consoling a friend over a harsh post about her on another peer’s Instagram. A foreign concept to me at the time, she explained how the content was posted on someone’s ‘finsta’. Short for ‘fake instagram’, finstas are merely private Instagram accounts created under…

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#TheBestMenCanBe?

On January 13th, Gillette Razors released its newest ad campaign: ‘We Believe: The Best Men Can Be.’ Comprised of real news stories and scripted scenes, the ad tackles the issue of toxic masculinity in society. In the beginning, a narrator asks the question: “Is this the best a man can get?” in reference to Gillette’s…

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Censorship: Asset or Hindrance?

In the United States, we are granted five liberties in the first amendment of the Constitution: freedom of speech, press, religion, as well as the rights to petition and assemble. Censorship is an issue in American society which reveals the unclear boundaries of what these freedoms protect. Although not a new issue, the growth of…

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