Instagram filters reality for social media model

By: Katrina Gross ~Staff Writer~ Thousands of likes on an Instagram photo of model Essena O’Neill with a perfect beach backdrop could lead social media users to believe that the woman’s life is as perfect as the picture. The social media model has recently caused quite a stir, however, by claiming that her pictures, and many social media stars’ photos, as well, are not as perfect as they appear. Since she was 12, Australianborn O’Neill has been regularly posting on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, among other social media platforms, to gain followers from all over the world. This has led … Continue reading Instagram filters reality for social media model

Last minute meditations: after college

By: Aileen Maki I know, I know. I’m probably the last person that should be writing about how it’s okay to not know what you want to be when you grow up. Here I am in my penultimate semester of college, and I’m still absolutely clueless about where I want to go and what I want to do after graduation. It seems as if I have a life changing epiphany about my “path” every week, only for it to be eclipsed in a few days by the next one. The constant battle between all these different desires and dreams have … Continue reading Last minute meditations: after college

A generation of scholars or redditors?

By: Taylor Fulkerson Over fall break, I spent my time trying to catch up on homework. The operative word here is “trying,” and I’d like to delve into what that means. Whenever I sit down to a computer, my instinct is to log in to Facebook. Frankly, I don’t know why. It is a desert of information. Occasionally there is the oasis of a nice news analysis that someone has posted, but for the most part, it is pictures I don’t care about, links to content I saw on reddit two weeks ago and those advertisements that pollute my Facebook … Continue reading A generation of scholars or redditors?