The Gap: News Roundup and the Politics of AOC's Met Gala dress

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Fri, 09/17/2021 - 8:00am to 9:00am


On this episode of the Gap, Tammy and Althea discuss a round-up of recent news items. We cover the Facebook Files investigation by the Wall Street Journal, which outlines the data Facebook keeps on the harm its platforms cause. Then, we talk about the Nabisco strike in Portland, which has become violent on the line with hired security guards. Union reps and the parent company have come to a tentative agreement, but it is yet to be seen whether workers will approve it. We also touch on Nicki Minaj tweeting about #BallGate, saying she wasn't getting the coronavirus vaccine because her cousin's friend had swollen testicles and impotence after their dose. (Those side effects have not been associated with any COVID vaccine)

Then, we ask our listeners about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Met Gala dress, which read "Tax the Rich," on the back. We debate whether this kind of political stunt is effective and how it relates to the commodification of anti-capitalism.

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Related Links:

From Instagram’s Toll on Teens to Unmoderated ‘Elite’ Users, Here’s a Break Down of the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Revelations

After Weeks of Picketing, the Nabisco Workers Strike Might Come to an End

Legally Wrong? Nicki Minaj Perpetuates #BallGate, Claims White House Invite While Berating Those Challenging Her Misinformation

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