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Education and ChatGPT

I had never really wanted to write about ChatGPT — or consider it for that matter — when I came across the novel algorithm in December. Nonetheless, I submitted a request for the algorithm to write me a poem about some complex social issue of our day, akin to modernist…

The way we see the internet

The evolution of media as portrayed by many flows along an accelerating timeline with flashpoints featuring the camera, the telegraph, the radio, the television, etc. The evolution follows a particular narrative that runs with one of economic and material success, demonstrating the fruits of modernity. We see the evolution of…

Boomers, Zoomers and consumers

I had a teacher in high school who loved to demonstrate that history has a tendency of repeating itself. He reveled in the fact that he could harken back to a forgotten Roman poet’s decrying of the youth to illustrate that generational conflicts are part and parcel of society, of…

When will BeReal become an advertising machine?

BeReal, if you have not come across it, is a social media platform that has ravaged American college campuses this past year and has naturally infiltrated the general public. Originating as a French social media platform developed by Alexis Barreyat and Kevin Perreau, BeReal has come to dominate the American…

Yik Yak: Follow the herd

Have you ever had one of those brilliant shower thoughts that you felt compelled to tell all within a two-mileradius? Maybe you’ve wished to uncover the identity of the cute man sitting across from you in Sayles? Or, maybe you wanted to instigate a riot against someone you know? Chances…

The never-ceasing phantom of the Music and Drama Center

There is no more appropriate way to describe the architecture at Carleton College other than “eclectic.” Apart from the red-brick theme that dominates the two quadrangles —the Bald Spot and the mini Bald Spot— there is no unifying style of architecture. The Tudor-revival style buildings of the 1920s (Burton, Evans…

Breaking up Facebook: Through the divide

Within the past several, eventful years, large-scale technological conglomerates, collectively known as the now-menacing “big tech,” have received rampant public criticism following years of nearly unquestioned loyalty and love by both the federal government and a multitude of daily users.  Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018, where the…

Generation Z: a generation of security

It is never a pleasant experience to come across less funds in your checking account than you’d hope. It is even less enjoyable to find that several charged purchases are not of your doing – a situation I unfortunately found myself in last week. After several moments of eerie elevator…