Binge watching gives users control


Two weekends ago, I was stranded in my bed. And with the exception of the occasional jolting cough, I couldn’t really move. Stuck there, after coming down with a nasty cold, I did something I’d never done before. I binged on TV. Since Breaking Bad ended a few months ago, I’ve gone cold turkey with […]

Trends depend on social factors


Everybody enjoys a good game of tag. The premise is simple: Run around and hit unsuspecting players so that they are then “it.” But what if that playground staple took to the streets and become brutal, even deadly? This is the Knockout Game. The Knockout Game is a potentially fatal series of attacks that are […]

Industry should give back, not give in


With Hanukkah already underway and Christmas just around the corner, it’s officially the season of giving. But even if this is the case, some folks in the tech industry aren’t as willing to relinquish some of their cash. Silicon Valley is an affluent community: The average Silicon Valley tech professional makes roughly $101,278, and homes […]

CEOs require passion above all


Before startups were cropping up every second, being a CEO meant that you had years of experience either at your company or within your industry. If your company is in trouble, it’s up to you as the CEO to take the heat from investors and do what’s best for your company. The CEO title is […]

Finals time calls for study music


With the palm trees and sunshine, the vibrant city and colorful weekends, it’s easy to feel like we’re on vacation every day of the year here in Los Angeles. At its core, though, USC is an academic institution that boasts Nobel laureates, produces world-changing research and hosts professors whose names are etched in history. But […]

Imported films can be subpar remakes


When the American remake of Oldboy, in theaters next Wednesday, was announced, there was an outcry from film fans. The Korean original is an absolute classic and the prospect of a remake seemed downright ridiculous. This is not an attempt to judge a film before seeing it, but Hollywood does not have a good track […]

Facebook stalking too easily accepted


Stop Facebook stalking me, you big creep. That’s something I could imagine myself saying, or on a particularly caffeinated day, tweeting. But the truth is that I’d venture to say most Facebook stalking isn’t actually that creepy. After all, you’re presumably already “friends” with the person you’re stalking — but we all know how real […]

Cuddle services provide comfort


Winter is coming. For some parts of the world, winter entails cold weather and an excuse to cuddle up with someone. In Los Angeles, winter means wearing a jacket if it’s overcast and pretending that 68 degrees is enough to complain about. Aside from weather, winter also brings the holidays upon us. Holidays are centered […]

Startups offer high risk, high reward


David Fincher’s The Social Network, which opened in theaters in 2010, painted the college startup scene as something fast-paced, risky and, most of all, exciting. It seemed like the movie compared the startup scene to gambling. Hit it big, and you can drop out of school and work on growing your startup. Fail, and you’ll […]

Music celebrates holiday spirit


Thanksgiving season is right around the corner. Though it’s easy to get carried away stuffing ourselves with turkey and mashed potatoes, delicious cornbread and apple pies, the heart of the holiday is all about the people we are thankful for — our loved ones. So whether you’re sharing this Thanksgiving with your family at home, […]