As people of the modern age, we can access the whole world through a simple swipe or scroll. We can read about the global politics, listen to music from the 1970s, or binge watch cat videos. This is one of the most exciting aspects of being alive today, but it can be undeniably overwhelming. Sometimes it seems like stories, slogans, and images are constantly fighting for our attention. Additionally, the endless array of options can make deciding what to consume difficult. Well, we want to help! We started The Monthly Media Roundup to streamline your media selection process. Each month, we’ll put together a cultural list of pieces that are making us think, feel, and smile in hopes that you’ll like them too. Peep below to see what we loved in September.
Here are some things we were into this month:
*Disclaimer: Some language and content may not be suitable for all ages*
Fortnite Season 6 – I mean, duh.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Honestly, this was one of the most relatable movies ever. Our inner high school selves felt so understood and affirmed. Our current selves felt hopeful.
How To Cope with the Current News Cycle as a Sexual Abuse Survivor – The news has been full of difficult narratives about women sharing their sexual abuse stories. This is important and amazing, but definitely saddening and draining, especially if you are someone who has experienced sexual abuse. This article provides insightful tips and thoughts about how to navigate the media accounts and/or discussions related to it. Please know you are not alone. Contact the Dean of Students office to report sexual misconduct and UNT Counseling and Testing Services for mental health-related help.
Searching – Director Aneesh Chaganty did an incredible job integrating the digital platforms and interfaces into a powerful story about technology in the modern age. Please please please watch this movie or at least the trailer!
Troye Sivan’s Bloom – This album includes a plethora of sensational beats to dance to, lyrics to reflect on, and an overall feel that is just fun. Troye Sivan created an excellent collection of queer love songs that we’re so grateful exist.
Erykah Badu: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert – All hail the Queen of Neo-soul, Erykah Badu, and this beautiful set she did for NPR Tiny Desk. Her voice, her eccentric fit, the instrumentalists. Gosh, everything about it is just pure gold.
NPR Invisibilia – BONUS: Leave A Message – NPR Invisibilia is a compelling podcast about human behavior and the ways it manifests in relation to various topics and ideas. Each episode is thought-provoking and exciting, but we especially loved this one about the human voice and voicemail. Check it out. Grab some tissues, because you’ll probably shed a tear or two.
Make sure to follow our September Jams playlist!