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Media still mock mentally ill

If your reaction to Amanda Bynes’ mental breakdown was to laugh, but your reaction to Robin Williams’ suicide was to cry — you’re a hypocrite. The stigmas associated with mental illness are still strong and the misunderstanding of mental illness is even worse — something that is very easy to see in the pop culture saturated media. A quick Google search brings up page after page of sensationalist... 

Troubled stars need compassion

With such high profile deaths, people are often left wondering why talented people with glowing careers fall victim to drug addiction. Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death on Feb. 2. reminded the public about the realities of drug addiction, even for the most successful and acclaimed public figures. River Phoenix, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and, most recently, Cory Monteith,... 

Musical integrity dies with artists

Even from beyond the grave, musicians are being sound-checked and compiled into posthumous albums. Amy Winehouse has been dead for a little over three months, and her record company is already looking to garner in money with a new record. Set to release on Dec. 5 the new album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” contains a collection of unreleased tracks that span Winehouse’s career. Winehouse is one... 

Dead celebrities kill media credibility

Steve Jobs drove a Mercedes without any license plates and was never ticketed for it. Steve Jobs was a supposed deadbeat dad. Steve Jobs died at such an early age of 56. Steve Jobs. Amy Winehouse. Michael Jackson. Heath Ledger. Anna Nicole Smith. These, among many more, are the names that reigned your television sets 24 hours, eight days a week. While across the nation, police brutally assault protesters... 
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