“We find ourselves on the cusp of a new world — one in which it will be impossible, literally, to tell what is real from what is invented.” As Jennifer Finney Boylan aptly stated in a New York Times piece titled, “Will Deep-Fake Technology Destroy Democracy,” what do we do when what we see can no longer be trusted as reality? The recent rise of the deepfake, or the melding of one person’s face onto another’s body, has caused a wave of deep public concern, only to be followed by little regulation or action by the government to protect the…


Historically, television’s depictions of female agency and expressions of violence by women have been limited to the fringes, often initiated as part of a grander plan led by a male protagonist. This theme of male control over female actions runs deep, tying into television’s traditional role in representing, and thus reinforcing, patriarchal structures that only made room for women as supporting characters. The original version of the American crime drama Charlie’s Angels (1976–1981) illustrates mid to late- twentieth-century patriarchal views of women in a time of male network dominance and the early women’s liberation movement. The show follows the missions…


What does productivity mean during a crisis? Is it a solution, a coping mechanism, a tool, a method of destruction? In times of stagnation, I struggle to wrangle the influx of pressures I feel to do better, be better, improve myself. Lately, for me, this pursuit has taken the form of spending a lot of time on LinkedIn as I, an anxious college student, desperately search to find an internship to replace my rescinded offer. This networking platform is unique in its overt acceptance of self-promotion and desperation during this time, a clear result of the record high levels of…


One of the most iconic scenes in Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s distinctly warm-toned and sensual 1990’s series is when Detective Dale Cooper has a vivid and disturbing dream, his subconscious divided and characterized, separating present Cooper from past Cooper, the latter represented by a small man. In his dream, the dead Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) joins Agent Cooper and the small man as they speak incomprehensibly in a vivid red-curtained and geometrically carpeted area of Cooper’s mind. Laura delivers her obscure message twice, one time with a quiet authority and sensuality, the next quickly followed by a piercing scream as…


Role: UX Researcher / UX Designer / Critical-thinker

Scope: 4 weeks, March — March 2020

What I Did: UX Research, Speculative Design, Product Design

Tools Used: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Keynote

The Project

Problem: Students at UCLA report pervasive feelings of confusion, overwhelm, & guilt during the waste disposal process in residential dorms, leading to little proper sorting and contaminated waste streams. Simultaneously, students express a strong desire to make a positive impact on the environment, yet this desire does not correlate with student efforts or education. …


Patsey’s soft cries and whimpers are deafening, each one hitting me harder than the last. The camera moves shakily from Epps, shaking with anger as he shouts to whip again, to Solomon, his face awash with anguish as he is forced to whip his only friend, Patsey. Patsey’s back is to them both and with every strike, her body convulses and shudders as we are forced to watch her pain filling the screen, Solomon’s blurry figure delivering the half-hearted whips above her shoulder. When we cut to Epps, the camera movements remind me of a home movie as we shakily…

Molly Mielke

thoughts on design, expository writing, and a bit of film criticism. rethinking everything.

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