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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...

Left. Sophomore Ellie Hough's water bottle, featuring one of her favorite stickers from her gap year. Photo contributed by Ellie Hough. The Instagram account @whitmemes shares photos that show the Whitman experience in a funny light. Screenshot from @whitmemes Instagram page.

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Claire Reichle, Feature Editor November 16, 2018

The Whitman community is formed in many ways - a common Encounters experience, living together in the dorms and even simple things like a walking across Ankeny every day.   Students are...

The photo of Walla Walla University stu- dents that circulated social media.

WWU Grapples with Blackface Incident

Martina Pansze, Editor in Chief April 5, 2018

Just before the student body of Walla Walla University departed for Spring Break two weeks ago, a racist photograph with the school’s logo circulated through social media. The photo is a publicly...

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Crossing the Street

Nikolaus Kennelly, Opinion Writer October 29, 2017

Binge walkers, unlike most other compulsive types, have the rare quality of being able to think about the object of their compulsion without experiencing anything like self-doubt. That is, in a society...

Putting Down Your Smartphone

India Flinchum, Columnist September 10, 2017

Social media can be a temporary distraction, but its long-term effects are shocking; they’re what ultimately turned me away from excessive social media use towards infrequent and unreliable social media...

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