Author Archives: Randall Eck

The Modern Anti-War Movement in Japan

According to twenty-year-old university student and anti-war activist, Meek Mizoi, “Japan hasn’t killed anyone overseas and no Japanese have been killed in war” (McCurry) over the last 70 years. As a key ally of the United States during the Cold War, this is an incredible feat. Japan does maintain a defense force but remains prohibited […]

Contemporary Dystopias as a Reaction to Post-Modern Existentialism

For a generation unmoved by the revelation the government monitors our every online interaction, the warnings against unheeded technological advancement in past dystopias fall flat. Young adults fantasize about the possibility of self-driving cars, not the threat of a communist scanning the horizon with a satellite. The atomic threat has faded into the deep crevices […]

Europe’s Precarious Democracies​

This report is a result of a credited Honors Research Project. Introduction: The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the Mediterranean refugee crisis both pose substantial threats to the integrity of the European Union. Yet, the most formidable threat, of all the prominent internal and external challenges to European integration, lies […]

Čapek’s Robots: Inspiration and Reflection

The term “robot”, ubiquitous today, exploded onto the European theater in 1921, creating an undying trope. Coined by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, the term first appeared in Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R) and would later be introduced into thirty languages as the play gained popularity throughout post-war Europe. As a journalist holding a degree in philosophy, […]

Ozu’s Fading Simplicity

Ozu’s camera always remains motionless in his film Floating Weeds from 1959. The camera acts as a passive observer – its angle stimulating an individual sitting in the traditional seiza-style. Much like his camera, Ozu was a traditional and passive observer to the immense changes undergoing Japanese society following the accession of Japan’s first independent […]

Welcome to the Monkey House: Vonnegut’s Allegory of Rape

The year 1968 saw the publication of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Welcome to the Monkey House” and a world well within the clutches of the Cold War. Vonnegut’s malthusian construction found a public preoccupied with the prospect of nuclear annihilation — a far cry from an Earth struggling under the pressure of 17 billion human […]

My Two Weeks In Prague and Vienna

I stepped off my flight into the hundred degree weather of an Arizona night; in exactly 14 hours, I had to fly back to the east coast (after spending a week in New York City) and across an ocean to Prague. Rushed packing, little sleep, and a canceled connecting flight did not keep me from […]

Photo Editing

I took this picture while filimg a video for a school project and used it as a test edit on the VSCO app for my phone. I really liked the results so I thought I would share it. I will definitely be playing around with editing more soon!

The Humorist

A few months ago, a man was arrested in Turkey for posting a picture online comparing their president to the Lord of the Ring’s character named Gollum- he faces five years in jail. Why would this harmless joke receive such grand punishment? Alain de Botton contends humor, such as this, does not merely entertain but […]

We Exalt Laziness

We abhor writing rhetorical essays which have helped embellish our acquired Laziness. We intend to transfix our thoughts on the happy man. Only the true happy man benefits the world and the quintessence of this man is neglect.  Neglect doesn’t battle the inevitable fashioning of the cosmos. Writing on this amiable topic has irradiated a […]