Consumers Will Win Streaming Wars

Much of the focus of the imminent streaming war has been on consumers. Many believe consumers will be caught in the crossfire citing that the emergence of additional firms in the industry will minimize the amount of content a consumer can watch with one service, forcing the consumer to pay for multiple services rather than one or stick with a service that will have less content to offer than what the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon had just a few years ago. Consumers, they argue, will also see prices of individual subscriptions increase to pay for the production of more original content, pointing to Netflix’s recent price increase as evidence for this speculation. This school of thought has become highly popularized in the media with many uneasy about the future costs of streaming and speculating that in the future, consumers will have to pay more for less content as the upcoming streaming war progresses. However, despite the popularization of this argument, the notion that prices will increase as a direct result of the streaming wars is ill-founded. Not only will companies be forced to lower prices to compete in this crowded marketplace, but they will also be forced to produce original content without raising prices on consumers, contrary to popular thought. Continue reading Consumers Will Win Streaming Wars

The Faulty Case Against Voter ID Laws

For years the issue of voter identification laws has been a topic of major political debate in the United States. As the current presidential race heats up, the relevance of the issue has only risen. For years Republicans have argued for implementing such laws citing the need for election security and safe holding our democracy. Democrats, on the other hand, have long been against the notion insisting that voter identification laws would be discriminatory and prevent America’s minority populations from voting, arguing that much of America’s lowest class would not have the sufficient photo ID to vote should voter identification laws be implemented. However, the Democratic argument against voter identification laws is deceiving at best and in reality, Democrats have long been against voter identification laws not because they are discriminatory but because they have been taking advantage of the absence of such laws for years. Continue reading The Faulty Case Against Voter ID Laws

Addressing the US College Admissions Scandal

The controversy surrounding the recent US college admissions scandal has failed to hold the larger problem accountable. Yes, Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and the countless others involved should be prosecuted for their crimes. But their crimes misrepresent the larger problem. The problem isn’t the rich cheating their way into elite colleges with their deep pockets; the details of the scandal are extreme at best. The problem, instead, lies within the college admissions process itself and the undeniable connection between this process and economic privilege. Across the board, whether it’s academics, extracurriculars, or standardized testing, the rich continue to have an edge from the beginning of the college admissions process that only seems to be growing. Continue reading Addressing the US College Admissions Scandal

The Green New Deal’s Real Problem

Most concede that a Green New Deal would be an economic disaster. Achieving 100% renewable energies alone would cost an estimated $2.9 trillion, nearly a full year’s tax revenue. Despite these economic shortcomings, though, public support only continues to grow, with supporters citing its ability to mitigate climate change as more than enough justification for backing the deal. Realistically, the deal fails at addressing its intended goal of fighting climate change and overall, represents a misguided way to tackle climate change. Continue reading The Green New Deal’s Real Problem