Professional Ad Placement – A Virus We Are Unaware

Jun 05, 2014 No Comments by Murat Deniz

After watching the “Fight Club” you can suddenly crave a Big Mac or a latte from Starbucks. This sudden desire is created by extremely talented commercialists. In the movie, if you watch closely, there are ads placed all over the motion picture but these ads aren’t thrown at our faces. Instead, they are placed in [...]

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Why Cemal Süreya?

Jun 03, 2014 No Comments by Debi Cakar

A few weeks ago, we went to Beyoğlu and we saw  Hakan Gerçek’s one man show. He read famous Cemal Süreya poems during his performance. After that, we asked a simple question. Why Cemal Süreya? “I had the curiosity to the other authors, but I extract some. I read too much and I discovered him. [...]

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Barbies Are Not Perfect

May 21, 2014 No Comments by Mina Malaz

Eddi Aguirre is a courageous designer who created a sketch of what a Barbie would look like without any make up. In the sketch the Barbie has freckles, bags under her eyes, frizzy hair, shiny skin and braces. This sketch was designed to feature in a magazine to show that even Barbies aren’t perfect.   [...]

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Can Digital Education Be The Solution For Turkey?

May 21, 2014 No Comments by Zeynep Kazmaz

A first world country in many respects, Turkey still struggles with dramatic inequalities in development. Unfortunately, the quality of education in Turkey’s many underdeveloped cities is very different from the more privileged parts. While there are 45 universities in Istanbul and 20 in Ankara, there is only one university in Agri and one in Hakkari. [...]

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The New SAT Will Test Understanding of Vocabulary

May 21, 2014 No Comments by Yasemin Aykan

The redesigned SAT, that will come into effect in 2016, will no longer test the students for only memorizing the confusing definitions of words. They are aiming to emphasize more useful words that you can come upon in life. The students that studied a lot won’t be able to pass the vocabulary section easily by [...]

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The Fault In Our Stars

May 21, 2014 No Comments by defnekeskin

With the advent of summer 2014, cameras has already started to roll.The book which filled up the ‘Best Sellers’ shelves for months, is now going to fill up the movie theaters.The Fault In Our Stars, written by John Green is going to be turned into a film. It is about two cancer teenagers, whose life [...]

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Anish Kapoor

May 21, 2014 No Comments by Debi Cakar

One regrets not having heard about Anish Kapoor before, when one goes to one of his exhibits on the world. It is impossible not to be  truly impressed by his aesthetics delicately moulded into stone. The combination of sculpting, architecture, engineering, and technology in his work is worth not only seeing but also trying to [...]

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Ethical Standards of TRA

May 21, 2014 No Comments by Debi Cakar

We, the editors of TRA have decided to announce the ethical standards for this platform as we see that the more we develop, the more influential and perhaps risky decisions we have to be make.  After long discussions, we have decided to be very transparent about our standards.  They may seem quite simple, but when [...]

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May 21, 2014 No Comments by Edlin Gulzari

When we want to become a part of a group, we act the way they want us to act. We give up on our own desires in order to please them. We become someone who we’re not; we turn into a person we once have pitied. We become the one never have thought we would. [...]

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May 21, 2014 by Siva Serkisyan

Susan Wojcicki is planning something new for Youtube. Youtube is heavy on advertisement but not in the way we think. There are trivial stars in Youtube and the CEO of Youtube wants to make them real life stars. She says that stars in Youtube must be highlighted and this makes a major change in Youtube [...]

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The Favourite Number Of The World

May 21, 2014 by Basak Baykara
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The Gradual Extinction of the Internet

May 21, 2014 by Kerem San

Internet has always been a conducive source for people to realize what is happening around the world. Internet has always been a tool to media, communication and sharing. It has provided shopping, banking and enterprise applications. In brief, internet has been a virtual world for mankind to do everything he wants. Although the function of [...]

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The Hard Earned Pulitzer

May 21, 2014 by Nazli Turhan

Being a Pulitzer prize winner journalist is a very important step a journalist can take. How is this most important honor given to some select journalists?   Pulitzer prizes are decided by a board and jurors. It is mainly given to encourage journalists to strive to do their best, push their skills to the highest [...]

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No Questions Asked

May 21, 2014 by Alya Kanibelli

Unfortunately, violence against women is still one of the biggest problems on our world. Millions of women get abused by their husbands, fathers, etc. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain in unprotected women. Sadly, some women can’t stand up for their rights. A recent commercial by “National Domestic Violence Hotline” provides [...]

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Punch That Fake Science

May 21, 2014 by Ali Deris

In 1998 a paper said that there was a link between autism and the vacination for measles,mumps and rubella. Vaccines contain inactive viruses that stimulate your immune cells which help fight diseases. Vaccination is important for immunizing people against diseases and helping stop spreading it. but after hearing what this paper said, lots of people [...]

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Athletes Regain Hollywood Respect

May 21, 2014 by Kerem Ozman

Nowadays when you say sports films you don’t only think about the athletes. The main characters are seen as a manager or coach or the like. We were used to see a young Kevin Costner as an athlete in films in 80′s and 90′s, for example in Bull Durham, For Love of the Game and [...]

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Is Astrology Discrimination?

May 21, 2014 by Ela Golhan

Astrology is the study of the connection between the positions and movement in space (of planets and stars) and it’s correlation with people. Though most people think astrology is just our sun/star signs and daily horoscopes ,astrology actually has a wide range of branches each with different ideas and systems such as; Chinese Astrology, Electional [...]

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Al Jazeera Failure Not Troubling

Mar 06, 2014 by Ella Ucer

Al Jazeera has launched in America August 2013, and since then it has been losing viewers, going from 18000 to 13000 in five months. Normally this would be disturbing for any media, but Al Jazeera America does not care.   This is because, to them, in the short term it is enough to have a [...]

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Interview with Ezel Akay

Mar 06, 2014 by defnekeskin

Ezel Akay is a Turkish film actor, film director and film producer. He was born in 1961 and he studied engineering at the Bosphorus University. He later started his education on theatre arts at Villanova University. One of his recent movies is Killing the Shadow (Karagöz ve Hacivat Neden Öldürüldü?) 1) What do you think [...]

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