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The Decline and Fall of the Independent Podcast

Tino Mori, Columnist

December 3, 2015


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Last fall, the podcast "Serial" hooked millions of listeners on a tale of true crime. Hosted by Sarah Koenig and, more specifically, "This American Life," "Serial" is a high production value podcast. Even now, almost a year since the last episode aired, "Serial" is ranked number five in the iTunes Store....

Online interactive healthcare removes emotional intelligence

Zan McPherson

April 16, 2015


Filed under A&E

You're sick and you don't know what ails you. What do you do? Do you go to the doctor or search your symptoms on Google? Just as a wild guess, I'd estimate that you would rather spend thirty minutes or more looking up medical information online than calling the doctor to schedule an appointment. This...

NSA Activity Cannot be Ignored

Bill Landefeld

December 5, 2013


Filed under OPINION

Just when you thought you could escape the madness of class just before finals, Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald leak another classified National Security Agency (NSA) document that shakes the world. While their revelations that were released over the summer told the world about the expansiveness...

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Bill Landefeld

November 14, 2013


Filed under Columnists, OPINION, Opinion Highlight

Have you ever had a question that you didn't feel comfortable asking anybody? Well, I know that myself and many other Whitman students have. Luckily at Whitman, there is such a place that you can do this, and it is on a website called Whitman Encounters. However, this outlet to freely speak your mind might not be around for much longe...

Graduating Administrator Plans Future of ‘Encounters’

Graduating Administrator Plans Future of ‘Encounters’

Hannah Bartman

April 18, 2013


Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight

Whether it's for creative expression, brutally honest opinions or sexual curiosity, Whitman Encounters provides a forum for the emotions kept behind doors on campus. It has become a Whitman norm, and with the graduation of the site's anonymous creator, the fate of the website is put into question. "[The future of Encounters] ...

Security risks make web voting impossible

Blair Hanley Frank

October 25, 2012


Filed under OPINION

As the sales pitch goes, we ought to have the capability to vote online. After all, it's the 21st century. We have phones that can watch feature-length films, and there are startups that want to start delivering tacos using unmanned drones. It's election season, and that means the blogosphere has ...

Raw Geographies students make political art

Clara Bartlett

October 25, 2012


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight

On Thursday, Oct. 18, students walked to class with their gaze not cast down upon the usual sight of Ankeny Field's greenery, but instead upwards at the sky, where a weather balloon hung, figuratively and literally watching over the befuddled observers below. This apparatus, the Whitman Sky Project, was ...

Digital presence impacts ‘real’ world

Paul H-P

September 20, 2012


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

Most of us would agree that we care about how we are perceived. We want to be heard and respected. This desire does not arise from mere vanity; we care what we do because we believe that it matters. This extends to what we do and say, or fail to say, when we're on the internet. Yet despite this concern, we do not take our internet selves seriously. The in...

Finding music on the Internet: some sites for exploration

Emma Dahl

September 6, 2012


Filed under A&E

The internet sometimes seems like an endless source of information, especially with regards to music. There is a seemingly infinite number of websites dedicated to the exploration of music, but some sites achieve a higher quality than others. In order to narrow down the search, here are a few fantastic...

End of an era: The life, death of Harry Potter fan culture

End of an era: The life, death of Harry Potter fan culture

Sara Rasmussen

March 13, 2012


Filed under A&E, Circuit

"We're here because we love Harry Potter, but we're not here for Harry Potter. We're here to celebrate the stuff being created around Harry Potter." So spoke Hank Green, an entrepreneur perhaps best known for the VlogBrothers project, in reference to the vibrant fan community that surrounds the...

Plugging in at the 2012 ACP conference

Sara Rasmussen

March 5, 2012


Filed under Editors' Blog

This weekend, 13 Pio staff members learned about journalism at an Associated College Press conference in Seattle. The ACP hosts this conference twice annually, but it was my first-ever chance to attend. As Web Editor, I found the trip to be a particularly exciting experience because the emphasis t...

Staying informed difficult in the Whitman bubble

Staying informed difficult in the Whitman bubble

Allison Bolgiano

November 18, 2010


Filed under Columnists, OPINION, Opinion Highlight

Two of the most difficult things I've done recently were filling out my ballot and writing my column two weeks ago. Voting and writing about the media proved to me how insular the Whitman bubble is and that staying informed will require adaptation. As college student at a liberal arts college, and esp...

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