Kayla Johnson, Bradley University
The Hulu show examines the dark side of the perfect suburban existence.
Brian Anderson Gil, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The French New Wave director who practically became a genre unto himself has inspired countless filmmakers, including the likes of Quentin Tarantino.
If you’re running a business or side hustle, those followers don’t mean anything if they’re not buying something.
Janani Mangai Srinivasan, Wake Forest University
The 6-year-old lead character of the long-running manga and anime not only investigates crimes, but the culture of his native land as well.
Lauren Buchko, Michigan State University
The actor uses social media to highlight important causes, as well as push back against people who romanticize his starring role as a sociopath.
Liberty High will hopefully find some closure in this controversial Netflix series.
Nanda Illahi, Okayama University
Set against the backdrop of Malaysia’s infamous 1969 race riots, this young adult novel and webtoon deals with the horrors of prejudice and trauma.
Katherine McLaughlin, The New School
In a world where entertainment used to be about fantasy, these web series simply present the everyday existence of regular people.
Desiree Jaime, Hofstra University
The latest iteration of the long-running reality show franchise mixes song and romance.
Angel Lin, University of California, Santa Barbara
You might think the Netflix original just provides a twist on the love triangle trope, but you don’t know the half of it.
The rapper and comedian, real name Dave Burd, opens up on his autobiographical FXX television show.
Kayla Placide, University at Buffalo
Three years after leaving his original comedy channel, the YouTuber is branching out while still staying true to his hilarious roots.
Sarah Stager, University of Pittsburgh
The famous YouTuber has stirred up his fair share of controversy, but how much of the ire directed his way is really because of corporate resentment for independent creators?
S. T. Perez, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
When does the need for entertainment turn justice into just more pop culture fodder?
The hit series provides a fascinating look into a group of teenagers navigating their own adventures off the North Carolina coast.
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
The new coming-of-age drama explores what it means to love one another — and yourself
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
With their 31 year age difference, Big Ed and Rose are provoking an age-old discussion about love.
Kate Carter, Middle Tennessee State University
Kali Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College
Instead of harsh judges and fierce competition, this program offers friendly cooperation and the fun of working together.
Janella Tibbetts, Framingham State University
The anime will leave you with an endless amount of questions that you’ll be begging to have answered.
The app can help you memorize phrases, but you probably won’t be able to carry a conversation with a native speaker.
Kaelani Ramirez, Arizona State University
The digital symbols have had a huge impact on the way we communicate, whether we like it or not.
The K-pop group’s loyal fan base, known as the BTS ARMY, has run into some pushback in their quest to pump up views on platforms like YouTube.
Nina Dutta, Occidental College
While she plays a supporting role in the series, this working-class single mother combines tenderness and a strong moral center to anchor the show.
The second video game based off of the popular anime series ‘My Hero Academia’ has been released, but what have they improved?
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
Who will Devi choose? The supportive Ben who happens to be in a relationship, or the available bad boy Paxton?
With her dry humor, her experimental videos and her willingness to talk about sensitive topics, it’s no wonder she has millions upon millions of viewers.
Lisa Lilianstrom, Northern Illinois University
The former Smosh YouTuber is offering a voice to those who are often oppressed and stereotyped, all in a judgment-free and educational way.
Karunya Bhramasandra, Stanford University
The final scene of the BBC series broke hearts, but the fanbase has coped by creating its own fan fiction and videos — much of it incredibly popular.
The new Netflix film starring Chris Hemsworth became the No. 1 most watched on the day of its release. But what makes it more appealing than other films in the genre?
The latest streaming platform is bringing 10-minute ‘quick bites’ of TV straight to your phone. It’s a great idea, but the shows need some work.
From curling your hair with straws to turning FaceTime off with your head, which viral tricks from the social media app are the real deal?
These content creators demonstrate that sustainability doesn’t have to be about going zero-waste all at once, but about improving where you can.
In an era where everything is online, turn off that screen and get lost in a riveting audio drama.
Directed by Alan Yang, the film revolves around a stoic Asian father and his strained relationship with his Americanized daughter — and his longing for home.
Underneath the catchy songs is a message about reaching out to others despite our differences.
The TNT adaptation will possibly build on the themes of climate catastrophe and class warfare seen in the original.
Just like ‘Coco’ and ‘Up,’ the latest film from the acclaimed animation studio mixes laughs and tears.
The classic franchise encounters a few changes — including an altered storyline.
The coming-of-age show deals with cultural identity, grief and teenage romance in a touching and relatable way.
The iconic show ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ will be released on Netflix soon, so now it’s time for the show’s sequel to receive the attention it deserves.
Vaishnavi Kalyana, College of DuPage
Netflix is going beyond the typical reality TV program with its two latest hits.
What are people actually doing when they’re on their computers or smartphones?
It’s become an integral part of our lives, affecting the way we feel about ourselves — and possibly causing some financial drawbacks as well.
The people on this list can play whatever role, whenever.
With no dark-skin representation, the show is continuing the harmful idea that only light-skinned black people are worth casting.
The director’s films invite us into the raw everyday lives of unusual individuals.
After the success of ‘The Circle’ and ‘Love is Blind,’ Netflix has released another dating show with a twist.
The Netflix show was supposedly about big cats in captivity, but its main focus was the crazy cast and their concerns over money and murder.
Mirella Gonzales, Texas Tech University
Going to the gym can be intimidating, not to mention expensive, but that doesn’t have to stop you from getting the exercise you need.
The popular YouTuber is estimated to be worth millions, so why does he keep acting like he’s so poor?
On the surface, this dating program sounds like your typical reality show fare, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see the contestants actually develop as people.
April is Autism Awareness Month, but these Instagram accounts are educating people about autism all year round.
The Korean American rap duo’s latest music video comments on the surge in xenophobia directed at Asian Americans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This beloved internet pastime can mess with our sense of self.
Because of social distancing, museums, opera and ballet are trying to adapt and maintain their audience by going online.
In a time when most of us are separated because of social distancing, the viral Netflix hit is a communal cultural event that we can all talk about.
Originally released over 23 years ago, the anime horror film feels remarkably prescient in the era of social media.
The over-the-top zookeepers of the viral Netflix hit make this series perhaps the strangest true crime series yet.
These Instagrammers are dedicated to making irresistibly decadent treats. The best part? They will ship them right to your door.
They’re all over Instagram, making the practice fun and accessible to a whole new generation.
Ian Nordin, University of Texas at San Antonio
What is usually an exclusionary tactic is bringing gamers together in their attempt to stop the commercialization and death of their culture.
If you’re craving more real life drama, look no further than these gripping films and TV series.
These creators will guide you through everything from junk journaling to the art of the 3D pen.
The former contestant on ‘The Voice’ is making parodies that we can all relate to while we’re under lockdown.
Say goodbye to any spare time you had left because Club Penguin Rewritten is the perfect recreation of your favorite childhood game.
With the entire country under a mandated self-quarantine, perhaps now is the best time to start looking for companionship with this new dating app.
Nayeli G. Pena, Colorado College
Places like The Museum of Ice Cream and the Color Factory provide the perfect backdrop for selfies, but are they really housing art?
South LA provides the perfect backdrop for this CW series about football, family, death — as well as hope.
The down-to-earth yogi YouTuber makes sure to emotionally connect with her audience as she challenges them physically.
Rose Younglove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Although we’re finally seeing positive depictions of the LGBTQ+ community in film and television, that was definitely not always the case.
After an impressively engaging two seasons, the popular BBC show returns, bringing audiences back into the twisted world of Eve and Villanelle, TV’s lovable, female assassin.
With thousands of fans anticipating its release, this popular Netflix drama is now on its third season. But does it hold up as well as the previous ones?
The adventure game isn’t as popular as its predecessor, but it’s just as good.
The Netflix miniseries portrays a young Jewish woman fleeing a strict, patriarchal, Orthodox home in Brooklyn to Berlin.
The latest season of the long-running reality series may be over, but life for its star and the top four contestants continues.
Maui Smith, University of Pittsburgh
All over Instagram, white women are making themselves distinctly less white-looking in the latest movement of stealing from black women.
The show delves into the traumatic effects of domestic abuse and sexual assault, along with many other relevant issues.
Feeling stressed? Cook and bake your way out of anxiety. Treat yourself to home-cooked food.
Fan fiction is adding a few more dimensions to a character many felt was left underdeveloped.
Other YouTubers are also using their mental health for monetary gain, so what makes her channel so much more damaging?
Pole dancing is becoming widely accepted for parties and fitness, but stripping remains vilified. So, what’s the difference?
After an Instagram post sparked some serious political discussion — and considering all the pop icon has been through — she certainly deserves the title.
The Netflix series set in inner-city Los Angeles shows that sometimes promises are meant to be broken, and that nothing lasts forever.
The dating reality series exaggerates the recent resurgence of dating with just marriage in mind — and shows why the mindset is rarely successful.
In this Freeform show about witches, you won’t find long-nosed women cackling over cauldrons. Instead, you’ll see soldiers fighting for their country.
The Chicago-based music video director and his homemade, low-budget aesthetic is in high-demand among SoundCloud rappers.
Users are able to enter a virtual reality where their social awkwardness is not only accepted, but embraced.
Although immensely popular, a few shows seem to conflate romance and abuse.
Victoria Acosta, Southern Adventist University
She works both in real life and on social media, and her message will help you be your best self, one Instagram post at a time.
Seemingly simple and repetitive open-ended games like Minecraft and Animal Crossing can positively influence your mental health.
The Apple TV+ adaptation of the William Landay novel has the MCU actor playing an assistant district attorney — whose son is being investigated for murder.
The coronavirus lockdown has resulted in a burst of creativity on the social media app.
These artists are capturing diversity, individuality and identity through their portrayal of today’s youth.
This new internet trend has people posting unflattering pictures of themselves on Instagram and leaving them up for 24 hours. How did it start and why now?
Season 2 of the anime has been released, continuing the same rich themes since the manga was released over two decades ago.
Once you start watching these movies, you’ll forget that you’re stuck inside indefinitely.
It’s time to go on another angsty adventure with the prolific young adult author.
These games will have you so consumed that you’ll forget about any quarantines.
This Desi children’s show is making waves for how America perceives South Asia — and how South Asians perceive themselves.
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