We have finally made it to the future, friends. The future many of us imagined as children was the future that was presented to us in the Back to the Future series. That movie has become so influential to our actual lives over the past thirty years. Fans and viewers have been obsessed with the concepts in the movie so much that Nike has actually made a version of the self-lacing shoes featured in the film by combining the archetype from the movie with digital technology of today. This is only a prototype as of now and the one and only pair in existence were presented to Michael J. Fox on October 20, 2015—the day that Marty and The Doc arrived to the future in Back to the Future II.
This year, we were able to compare and contrast the reality of our future with the future to end all futures—the Back to the Future future! It is quite entertaining to look at the projections of what people thought our lives would be like today, thirty years ago. At that point, the future represented vast technology, flying cars and transportation, and the convenience of clothes that dressed us. Since we have finally reached the future, the Muse decided to browse through our archives to review some of our old issues dating between 1985-2015, to check for precursors of today’s current lifestyles and trends, and to examine some of the University and even global issues of the time in comparison to those of today.
Susan Cole: Feminism and Objectivity
By Martha Muzychka, January 18, 1985
This article is about women in journalism, specifically about female journalists not being taken as seriously as male journalists of the time. The feature states that women could not report on topics such as birth control or anything pertaining to women’s rights without being labeled as biased.
Although feminism has come quite a way since 1985, equality in the media and the workplace in general between genders is still an ongoing battle. The issues may not be identical to the feminist issues of the 1980s, but we have not yet reached the point in time where everyone can agree that journalists in the media are judged solely on their journalistic integrity, and their hard work and dedication in the field—not on their gender, sexual orientation, or other personal attributes that should not play a role in the way the public perceives that representative.
At What Cost Hibernia?
By Brian O’Neill, November 16, 1990
This article compares the benefits of the Hibernia platform with the downfalls of the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland—of which the author believes heavily outweighs the benefits. The article claims that the negative environmental impact on the province is detrimental, and the economic benefits will be mediocre at best in comparison.
Twenty-five years later we are still quite concerned with the oil industry. The environmental impact is still an issue; however partially due to the fluctuation in profits of the industry the environmental concerns outweigh the economic benefits.
Even though the economy has been quite prosperous at times greatly because of the oil and gas industry, it would be nice to think that by the next time the Muse reviews past articles that our province and country have begun to develop more sustainable, renewable energy sources that have a less negative impact on the environment.
Duck, Duck, Goose
By Michael Rossiter, March 17, 2000
If there is one thing we love at the Muse, it is writing about our ducks. Whether the ducks are sick, or they are plentiful that season, or perhaps one has died and has ended up in a freezer on campus, we love to write about the ducks.
This feature is a showcase of the ducks at Burton Pond. The author talks to students about their opinions of the ducks, he talks to a professor from the Biopsychology department about the relationship between the ducks and the other birds who hang around Burton Pond, and he comes to the decision that the ducks are more so a diversion to everyday student life that helps reduce stress and boost morale. Essentially they are part therapy ducks, part conversation piece, but either way they are a huge staple in MUN culture.
The Internet Ruined My Life (and Maybe Yours Too) (but Especial
By: Mark Cluett, March 10, 2005
This gem from 2005 is an adorable piece of Back to the Feature foreshadowing that should have been taken as a warning of technology to come. The article is an overview of how the Internet, specifically online communication, had evolved (over the mere eight-ish years of its prime household popularity at the time the article was written) and in turn has come to ruin social interactions and communication.
Cluett mentions messenger programs such as ICQ and MSN, which have long since been put out of their cyber misery. He mentions nothing of Facebook because at this point, Facebook members had to be registered U.S. college students. Since 2005, messenger programs have been replaced by a vast array of social media apps that are available to us at all times from our tiny little computers that supply their own Internet, and connect us to the entire world. If the internet of 2005 was already ruining face-to-face social interactions, I hate to be the one to tell them that it only gets worse from there.
By Julie Skinner, September 9, 2010
This feature discusses the idea of reviving trends from previous decades. Between skinny jeans and Buddy Holly glasses, Marty and The Doc could have been really confused had they landed in 2010 after coming back from 1955. The notion of retro revival was in no way unique to 2010, as it seems the way fashion trends go, the styles and trends that originated in the decade before the present were out of fashion, but styles and trends from the decades before that were vintage and trendy. Every decade has an era that they copy from. Society has seen bellbottoms, leggings, and combat boots come and go, and come again, reinforcing the notion that history repeats itself.
A Guide to Your First Year at MUN
By Karen Silver August 27, 2015
This was the first feature of this academic semester. If this was your first semester at MUN, congratulations, it is almost over and you are almost through it. Don’t worry if it did not go exactly as planned, as most people feel that way in their first year or term. You may not have a better idea as to what you want to do, but you probably have a much better idea of what you do not want to do and that is just as good.
The great thing about the future is that although we may have our speculations as to what it will bring, we actually have no idea as to how it will unfold. As they say, the past is history, the future is a mystery but today is a gift and that is why we call it the present. We at the Muse would like to wish our readers a warm and caring holiday and a joyous New Year until we return once again in January.