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Snap This

Snap This

By Lola Leuterio, Emily Spears

January 12, 2018

It’s 11 p.m. on a Saturday night. A Tam student is throwing up on the bathroom floor at a party, unaware that cameras are rolling. The student, who requested anonymity, described how it felt to wake up to that video on Snapchat. “There’s a video of me throwing up and people bring it up and just...

The Modern Addiction to Cell Phones

The Modern Addiction to Cell Phones

By Ryan Leake and Ryan Leake

June 2, 2017

I wish I grew up 30 years ago. Not because I want 50-cent Coca-Colas, or because I want to watch Larry Bird go up against Magic Johnson (though that would be a plus), or even because I wouldn’t have to hear this annoying message before watching any movie in a movie theater: “Our world seems to be overru...

Why I Refuse to Have an Instagram

Why I Refuse to Have an Instagram

By Glo Robinson

January 12, 2017

I’ve always been rather antiquated when it comes to social media, not completely enthusiastic about broadcasting the details of my life to the world. I try to make my use of social media rather effortless; not expending all my brain power trying to think of that flawless caption to get more likes on a ...

The Obsession with Social Media

The Obsession with Social Media

By Megan Butt

February 14, 2015

Senior Russell Wirth looked down at his phone which displayed a photo he had just posted on Instagram. The photo showed Wirth and his family river rafting on vacation, and he had decided to share it so his friends could see what he had done over the break. He had spent some time editing the photo and...

#HeforShe

#HeforShe

By Cam Vernali

December 23, 2014

When I logged onto any of my social media sites on Saturday, September 20, I was bombarded with multiple links to articles about Emma Watson’s equality speech for the UN, selfies with “#HeForShe” handwritten on a piece of paper from a teenage boy with a bad filter on it, and many posts signifying...

Attack of the Yak: The New Breed of App-Based Cyber Bullying

Attack of the Yak: The New Breed of App-Based Cyber Bullying

By Sarah Asch & Holly Parkin

November 24, 2014

Melanie scrolled through the funny comments on the app Yik Yak, laughing occasionally at posts she found relatable. All of a sudden, she had an idea. Before she really thought about it, she typed out her joke into the app, making a joke about a girl in her grade, and hit post. Almost immediately afterwards,...

#InstaRules

#InstaRules

By Camille Morgan

November 21, 2014

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Red Hawks in the Front? Let Me Hear You–NO

Red Hawks in the Front? Let Me Hear You–NO

By Holly Parkin

November 3, 2014

“School spirit” is a phrase that has never evoked much excitement within me. This has become even more apparent in my senior year, a time when it seems that everyone is obsessed with getting involved in school activities and trying to savor the last few wonderful parts of high school. At t...

Who is Ferguson?

Who is Ferguson?

By Holly Parkin

October 2, 2014

In the wake of the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, news outlets, the Internet, and everyday people focused non-stop on the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Details about Brown’s shooting and the African American community’s protests continue ...

They Call it “Social” Media for a Reason

They Call it “Social” Media for a Reason

By Holly Parkin

June 11, 2014

Scrolling through my Facebook Newsfeed the other day, I came across a link to a video by a Mr. Gary Turk titled “Look Up: A Spoken Word Film for an Online Generation.” Turk’s five-minute sermon spoke out against social media and the technology to which mankind has become “slaves.” Claiming that “this media we call social is anyth...

“Eraser Law” Will Change Social Media for Teens

“Eraser Law” Will Change Social Media for Teens

By Haydn Wall

October 29, 2013

A new bill known as the “Eraser Law” was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 23. The bill, SB 568, will act as an online eraser for minors, allowing them to permanently delete any social media posts. This law aims to protect minors from the long-term effects of poor decisions regarding...