Media of the Month: November

The midterm season at BU is fading, but we all know that doesn’t leave much room for relaxation. Thanksgiving break is still a ways away and there’s plenty of work piling up for all of us in the meantime. Maybe we can look to the cool November weather for our sense of peace or, of course, we can always turn to media for our daily time away from these all-too-busy times. Our favorite pieces of media this month provide the ideal escape from arguably one of the most jam-packed times of the year. 

Music

PinkPantheress | To Hell With It 

If we didn’t care as much about this beloved column, we might have just told you to head to Tik Tok for your time away from reality. Thankfully, we love being creative with our recommendations. Even still, that doesn’t mean Tik Tok fails to offer us any beneficial pieces of media that contribute to our mindfulness. Take one of its self-created viral sensations, UK Popstar PinkPantheress, as a vivid example. With the help of the platform’s widespread exposure of her music, the world was finally introduced to  pop’s next breakout superstar. Toeing the line between house, drum and bass, and garage, her brief debut LP, To Hell With It, is a sugary-sweet romp through some of dance music’s most established genres. The final product is a pop spectacle that will have you addicted to death — it’s a listen that’ll dominate your day and make you feel happy in the ways pop music always should. 

ericdoa + glaive | then i’ll be happy

We can’t all pretend that things are always fine in our lives. Sometimes, we need to yell and scream to some loud, loud music. Whereas PinkPatheress’ take on pop music is more joyous and pretty, fellow breakout popstars ericdoa and glaive take the genre in a much more. . .angsty direction. These two rising teenage icons take the catchy, infinitely replayable elements of modern pop and contrast it beautifully with the rough, vulnerable tendencies of midwest emo and late-2000s alt rock. The duo’s first collaborative project together then i’ll be happy is a collection of tracks that embody teenage and young adult stress and despair, all cloaked under a blissful pop-latent structure. There’s nothing else we could recommend that will have you yelling the lyrics at the top of your lungs for all the right reasons. 

Films

Bad Sport  | Netflix 

Our film picks last month should’ve made this crystal clear: there’s nothing quite like some controversy to get your mind off of your own troubles. We’re not letting up on making that even more apparent this month, that’s for sure. Netflix recently blessed us with a new docuseries entitled Bad Sport, whose first season is loaded with some of the sports world’s most underlooked, yet highly controversial tales. The best of these might just be episode one, which tackles the 1994 Arizona State college basketball point shaving scandal. It features some of the first interviews these participants have ever given about their actions, creating a dramatic, engaging watch that kicks off the series in an outstanding way. It helps us remember that our lives could be a lot worse compared to others. Well, unless you’re a cheater just like these students were. . . 

kid90 | Hulu

Okay, let’s finally stray away from controversy now. How about a feel-good story that’s just as fascinating as it is inspiring? Who knows if filmmaker Soleil Moon Frye intended on shaping her constant documenting of New York City and Los Angeles life in the 1990s into a full-length feature some 30 years later. All that really matters is this: the footage in kid90 is just a joy to watch unfold as this narrative develops. It allows us to see the perspectives of numerous different individuals living in this time period and in these places. This enigmatic watch somehow achieves the impossible: making people our age nostalgic about a period that many of us hadn’t even existed in. It’s a beautiful story and one that’s just as beautifully executed.    

Podcasts

Unexplainable | Vox

To put it bluntly, midterm season never fails to fry BU students’ brains to mush. And as mentioned before, there’s no break between this period and the work that comes next. We’re always trying to understand everything so we can succeed. So, what better way to take a break from understanding than to. . .not understand? Thankfully, Vox’s Unexplainable podcast allows us to fixate our minds on all the anomalies that exist in the world of science and technology. It’s a listen that defines “more than meets the eye” (or ears, in this case). It attempts to tackle the mysteries of life — those things we genuinely can’t understand but adore to think about nonetheless. It’s nice to know that not everything needs an answer nor an explanation, despite what our classes might ask from us.

Your Undivided Attention 

There’s truly nothing more interesting in the media world right now than what’s going down with Facebook. Whistleblowers and other in-the-know informants have just recently exposed some of the company’s darkest practices via the now-dubbed “Facebook Papers.” Your Undivided Attention — a podcast that specializes in all things tech news — just interviewed the most premiere whistleblower in this case, algorithmic product manager, Frances Haugen. Her stated experience at Facebook is daunting to say the least, and her courage to speak out about these issues is admirable. This listen is as revealing as it gets, and it will certainly have you rethinking how much you really trust the platforms you post on. 

Billy Bugara, Staff Writer

Billy Bugara is a 21-year-old creative, media specialist, and research student at Boston University. They currently work as a creative director at SoundCloud where they conduct community/scene-focused endeavors, including artist relations, media projects, playlist curation, and more. They are also the social media director for Masked Gorilla, running their various social media accounts as well as conducting episodes of their flagship podcast. They are currently double majoring in Media Science and Sociology at BU, with a minor in journalism.

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