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Celebrities are not your friends: the danger of parasocial relationships

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist May 6, 2021

Recently, the term “comfort person” has gained traction online.* Open this thread if Harry Styles is your comfort person!, urges a Twitter user, followed by images of the singer and reminders...

No, TikTok is not your doctor

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist April 22, 2021

In the year since lockdowns began, you may have noticed increased dialogue around ADHD; an ostensibly unprecedented volume of people are discussing the disability, wondering if they may have it and even...

Social media sites: Personal advertisers for white supremacist groups

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist April 1, 2021

Much of the world rejoiced on Jan. 8, 2021, when Twitter announced the permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump from their platform. Twitter cited misinformation and the events of the capital riots that...

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The problem with “choice feminism”

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist April 1, 2021

In 1968, women flung girdles, Playboy magazines and bras into a trash can, symbolically freeing themselves from the instruments of their oppression. In the coming decades, scores of women declined to take...

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Whitman students and TikTok: The pop culture report

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter October 29, 2020

In a socially distant world, many people are turning to social media for connection and community-building. In recent months, young people have been turning to the video sharing and editing app TikTok....

The business of fake news: How algorithms influence our opinions

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist October 15, 2020

The spread of information, news, personal ideas and stories through the internet has created a world where it seems like everything is at your fingertips. However, these online spaces have also created...

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Neutrality in the age of the quantified self

Victoria Helmer, Columnist October 8, 2020

From test scores to fitness trackers, many of us are quantitatively evaluated on a daily basis, and these ratings can come with a host of spiritual side effects. A classic example of this is social media....

Gen Z: We’re doing more than you think

Ava Liponis, Columnist September 24, 2020

Gen Z is the largest and most racially diverse generation in the United States; we distrust power and dislike authority; we are masters of technology and pioneers of social media. With that said, Gen Z...

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The healing nature of digital minimalism

Victoria Helmer, Columnist September 17, 2020

With so much going on, we can easily feel as if we are trapped in a bottomless pit of apocalyptic news, and this sentiment rings especially true if we compulsively check our devices. Since many facets...

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Controversial social media posts cause Whitman Athletics backlash

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter September 17, 2020

Recent social media posts by the athletics department of Whitman College have produced negative feedback from alumni and current students despite the intention to demonstrate support of the Black Lives...

Numbness in the information age

Gavin Victor, Columnist April 30, 2020

The principle is simple: repetitive stimulus leads to the human being needing a greater amount of stimulus for the same effect. This phenomenon occurs in many forms, but I think that it is critical to...

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Man who trades in iPhone for flip phone likens himself to contemporary Thoreau

Ann Karneus, Aroused November 7, 2019

Although technology in the digital age provides us with instantaneous connections and a wealth of information, the sheer volume of these resources can lead to a life full of distractions.  Sophomore...

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