“I didn’t always smoke Winston”…but when I did, I died?
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“I didn’t always smoke Winston”…but when I did, I died?


Lung cancer. Emphysema. Heart disease. Stroke. Asthma. These are just some of the disease that smoking causes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Cigarette smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths each year in the US. This is about one in five deaths”. These deaths are preventable. What compels America to continue … Continue reading

Meet American Apparel.
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Meet American Apparel.


She’s cool, stylish, American-made, and is always down for a good time. Her ads drip with sex appeal and she doesn’t apologize for the coy naked woman in provocative downward-dog. This LA girl is pro-gay, pro-‘transexy’, and pro-sex. Her face may be glowing but she’s sweatshop-free and always looks out for her workers, paying a … Continue reading

Becci Manson: the retoucher of lives
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Becci Manson: the retoucher of lives


After watching many TED talks with topics ranging from poetry to psychology (it’s so easy to just get lost in that website), I settled on one entitled “(Re)touching lives through photos”. The speaker, Becci Manson, is a photo retoucher who spent about 7 months after Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster collecting, hand-cleaning, and retouching … Continue reading

Meet American Apparel. There’s a little a devil in those angel eyes.
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Meet American Apparel. There’s a little a devil in those angel eyes.


Scandals everywhere, American Apparel  What is your image?  For paper 2, I want to explore the clothing company American Apparel Inc. The casual clothing organization often described as hip, artsy a, cool, also wears another adjective: contradictory. American Apparel stands as a paradox, wearing two contrasting masks at once. One organization face shows the company … Continue reading