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All content by Mert Erenel
The Problem With NYU’s Letter to Betsy DeVos

The Problem With NYU’s Letter to Betsy DeVos

NYU’s letter urging Betsy Devos not to change university sexual misconduct policies should not dismiss the importance of cross-examination in such cases.
Feb 19, 2019

TW: This article discusses sexual assault and sexual harassment. The physical and psychological effects of sexual assault are inarguably damaging. Approximately 60 percent of...

When You’re About to Label Someone As “Fascist,” Tread Carefully

When You’re About to Label Someone As “Fascist,” Tread Carefully

Broadly labeling any conservative as fascist waters down the term’s meaning.
Nov 20, 2018

I’m sure that at some point, we’ve all encountered a moment during a political discussion when we want to dismiss the beliefs of the person we’re talking to. Conservatives...

Liberal at Home, Conservative Abroad

Liberal at Home, Conservative Abroad

Oct 25, 2018

My whole life, starting from my early childhood spent in San Francisco to later growing up in Istanbul, Turkey, I’ve always perceived myself as anything but conservative. Yet...

The Hypocrisy of Vaping

The Hypocrisy of Vaping

Feb 27, 2018
People who vape are hypocritical in viewing their vice as healthier and superior to cigarette smoking.
Snapchat Values Ad Revenue Over User Experiences

Snapchat Values Ad Revenue Over User Experiences

Feb 20, 2018
Do not be fooled, the Snapchat update was not created in order to get you to have a more personal experience on social media. Snapchat's new update was created so that the app could rake in more ad revenue.
A Discussion on Compromise: Trump’s Immigration Plan

A Discussion on Compromise: Trump’s Immigration Plan

Feb 1, 2018
Democrats and Republicans must put hard-line politics aside to reach a compromise on immigration.
New York Should Not House New Amazon HQ

New York Should Not House New Amazon HQ

Jan 29, 2018
The lack of transparency in the dealings between cities and Amazon is an indicator that Amazon's new headquarters do not belong in New York City.
An Encounter With Counter-Protesters at the Womens March

An Encounter With Counter-Protesters at the Women’s March

Jan 25, 2018
People were shouting over each other instead of listening to the other side’s perspective, allowing the steel barricade to segregate them both physically and figuratively. It was, however, pleasing to see some attempts of political discourse as people crossed to the other side to discuss prevalent problems in the United States.
Appreciate Your Free Speech Rights on Social Media

Appreciate Your Free Speech Rights on Social Media

Jan 22, 2018
Yes, the tweet may as well be insulting and disrespectful. But should it really warrant legal penalty, and even if so, is a bad tweet really proportional to punishment in jail?
The Just Accepting Yourself Fallacy

The Just Accepting Yourself Fallacy

Dec 6, 2017
The whole “be yourself” motto is fallacious. I will even go as far to say that there is nothing more narcissistic than abiding to it.
Is Russia Behind Calexit?

Is Russia Behind Calexit?

Nov 16, 2017
But is #Calexit a legitimate movement by liberal activists or, as new evidence suggests, an intervention by the Russian government to destabilize the U.S political infrastructure?
Costumes Are Just Costumes

Costumes Are Just Costumes

Oct 31, 2017
At the end of the day, costumes are just costumes — nothing more. We are adults who I hope are mature enough to handle a holiday meant for children.
The Rise of the Right in Germany… and Probably The Entire Western World

The Rise of the Right in Germany… and Probably The Entire Western World

Oct 13, 2017
The rise in global terrorism, the refugee crisis and the euro crisis have all led people to change their political views towards the right. But that change became more representative of how poorly established governments handled these issues.
Political Correctness Is A Polite Way Of Saying “Stop Thinking”

Political Correctness Is A Polite Way Of Saying “Stop Thinking”

Sep 22, 2017
Political correctness is not a negotiation. It is a monopoly on truth and language with a set of principles that compels you to act and speak in a particular way, which you had no part of agreeing to.
The Golden Age of TV Is Costing Our TV Writers

The Golden Age of TV Is Costing Our TV Writers

Sep 19, 2017
There’s a reason people are calling this period the Golden Age of TV, as the TV experience has fundamentally changed. However, I would argue, not all of these changes are for the better.
Consider Alternate Viewpoints

Consider Alternate Viewpoints

Sep 12, 2017
Sometimes people call out these postmodernists with the term “Social Justice Warriors.” But while this term is often used as a meme or a joke, postmodern philosophy is no laughing matter.