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Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Musk’s Twitter takeover

Ben Kearney, News Reporter November 10, 2022

In a $44 billion acquisition, billionaire Elon Musk took ownership of the social media platform Twitter on Oct. 27 after announcing his intentions at the beginning of the year. Since the takeover, Musk...

BePanopticon

Bex Heimbrock, Opinion Editor October 27, 2022

BeReal is a social media app whose stated mission is to allow users to “discover who your friends really are in their real life.” What ‘real life’ is remains to be seen. The way it works: once...

Illustration by Shasta Sholes.

The Yak is back on campus

Grace Jackson, News Reporter October 7, 2021

The anonymous location-based messaging app, Yik Yak, is back on the app store and downloaded on phones at Whitman. Yik Yak was founded by college students in 2013 and was surrounded by controversy until...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

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...

Illustration by Hannah Paul.

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...

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

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...

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

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...

Illustration by Anika Vučićević.

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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