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Social media needs to stop profiting off of teen insecurity

Social media needs to stop profiting off of teen insecurity

Sam Jefferson, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Social media will be our generation's cigarettes. Come ten or so years from now, we are going to wonder why we let so many children have free range access to such destructive platforms. I remember in...

TikTok brings young creators to the center

TikTok brings young creators to the center

Emily Johnston January 30, 2020

TikTok, a video-sharing app that is growing in popularity, is exactly what youth culture needs. TikTok is a social network owned by ByteDance and was launched in 2017. Since its initial release, the...

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VSCO girls are not embarrassed. Are you?

Sophie Oehler November 13, 2019

Sksksksksk and I oop- If you’re wondering, no I didn’t have a stroke. I’m just trying to fit in with the VSCO girls. A VSCO girl is any teenage girl who wears oversized T-shirts, Crocs, seashell...

Unpopular Opinion: Summer should just chill

Unpopular Opinion: Summer should just chill

Tori Scala October 8, 2019

This summer, I experienced a “hot girl summer,” literally. I was sweaty, sticky, muggy, sunburnt and got sand in places it doesn’t belong. Whenever spring fades away and the heat is here to stay,...

Cancel culture is unproductive and wrong

Cancel culture is unproductive and wrong

Sophie Oehler October 3, 2019

James Charles, Taylor Swift and Kanye West walk into a bar. According to Twitter, the punchline of this joke is they all get “canceled.” “Canceling” refers to a social media trend where fans...

Activism must go beyond social media

Activism must go beyond social media

Emily Johnston September 7, 2019

Instagram stories, posts that appear for only 24 hours, have recently been used by activists to spread awareness about political and social issues. On social media, and especially on college campuses,...

Dude, where's my Juul?

Dude, where’s my Juul?

Olivia Stafford December 10, 2018

The company Juul was created to help people quit smoking cigarettes, but the product has become a dangerous trend. While the Food and Drug Administration has begun cracking down on this issue by banning...

How has social media changed us?

How has social media changed us?

Olivia Stafford November 16, 2018

Social media has consumed young people and has changed the way we communicate. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we are submerging  ourselves into the digital world, oblivious to...

Dialogues come from openness, not anger

Dialogues come from openness, not anger

Emily Johnston September 27, 2018

It’s a typical day during a typical week. Someone opens Twitter and does what many have done before: sends an offensive tweet. Everyone’s seen it while mindlessly scrolling through various social...

“Me too” demands change

Staff Editorial October 25, 2017

So many “Me toos” on social media this past week have made us think long and hard. Too many people have been affected by sexual violence; the number of posts is unfathomable. And as post...

Public opinions influenced by increase in fake news

Izzy Siedman December 7, 2016

Raise your hand if you’ve ever scrolled past an factually incorrect article or a misleading post from a friend on Facebook and thought nothing of it. The prevalence of “fake news” and how often...

Saying goodbye to Vine after four years of memories

Saying goodbye to Vine after four years of memories

Izzy Siedman November 9, 2016

The video-looping service Vine has been pronounced dead. After a four-year run, Vine was discontinued on Oct. 27, according to its parent company Twitter. With their stock at an all-time low, Twitter...

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