Taking Control

Before coming to IDS, I changed my major roughly four times in two years, yet I still could not find the program that felt right to me. At first, as most freshmen do, I came in not knowing what I wanted to study, and I planned to take classes and through that begin to figure…

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Losing Memories: The Impact of Social Media

As a child I grew up running around outside, playing all day long with my friends, with nothing but the natural world and our own imaginations. I consider myself to be lucky: my childhood was full of adventures and moments that have left me with unforgettable memories. A particularly memorable activity was having “everything wars”…

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Using a Camera as a Passport

Although it may have been written many years ago, the National Geographic article written by Robert Draper, The Power of Photography is still relevant to this day as it recounts the immense effect that photography has on our world. This beautifully written piece describes the importance and the power that a camera can hold, and…

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The Difference Between Information and Learning

The article, 18 Colleges Should Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge, has many interesting points regarding the current system of education that is used in today’s society. The structure that is followed by the majority of higher education institutions is rigid and does not allow for innovation or creativity to design one’s own path, and rather…

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Does Connectivity Suffer in the Digital Age?

With the opportunities that the internet brings, it opens up high speed pathways to creating and inspiring social justice movements, but there are questions that wonder whether the rapid growth of those movements might in fact become a weakness in the long run. In a TedTalk given in 2014, Zeynep Tufekci spoke about this subject,…

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Media Censorship

Throughout history journalists have struggled with censorship, whether it be blatant movements to block reporting, or discrete rules set in place to limit access to information. Some say that in the United States we are in a critical time when it comes to journalism and news reporting because of the heightened focus on “fake news”…

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The Purpose: Media for Social Change

Social justice movements build power with the support of people who share similar views and who are motivated by related goals. The media has an extremely powerful effect on the public, and different sources have the ability to influence their audiences to either join or oppose certain movements. I believe if used correctly, news sources…

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Recognizing Our Strengths

I am a junior in college, that means that I am going on my seventeenth year of being in school. We spend the majority of our youth in the education system, and if we are fortunate enough, we can continue on to college and then maybe to graduate school. Safe to say, that as young…

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An Opportunity to Grow

During this past week, we discussed a lot about how helpful a tool the internet can be, and how important it is to use it wisely and understand what your footprint is. The two readings we were assigned both touched on good points, and the authors laid out their opinions very well in order to…

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