Datafied Social Connectedness

Much of the time that I spend scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, a part of me always asks: why am I seeing these particular people’s posts and pictures over others, after all they are all my Facebook ‘friends’ so shouldn’t they all be equally valued. Similar questions come up with dating apps like Tinder, […]

The Datafication of Citizenship

There is an old cliché that goes something like: The United States is a nation of immigrants. Although this is an oversimplification, it has indeed held true throughout American history. From the first American immigrants, the would be native Americans who crossed the Bering Land Bridge around 20,000 years ago, to the droves of people […]

Breaking the Cycle: The Power of Net Neutrality

“So what is the FCC doing today? Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the Internet for most of its existence. We’re moving from Title II to Title I. Wonkier it cannot be.” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on repealing net neutrality rules. On December 14th 2017, the Federal Communications Commission […]

From Radio to Podcasts: Looking at Wu’s Cycle in the Medium of Audio

Growing up, I never really thought about taking time out of my day to listen to the radio. The only time that I actually interfaced with this medium in my formative years, was when my parents would listen to music or the traffic and weather report on long car rides. That all changed a couple […]

Drawing in Class: Reimagining Public Education to Better Incorperate Creativity

The other day I was talking with a friend about the therapeutic and intellectual benefits of incorporating some kind of creative hobby into one’s life. My friend told me that he has recently started drawing, taking several hours out of his day to sit down and just focus on being creatively free. He then said […]

The Portfolio Career: Balancing Creative Pursuits With a “Real” Job

I have always, on some level, wanted to work in the creative industries. My life-long passion for storytelling, which has gone through many different phases, has always subtley been guiding my path in life. I have grown up knowing that a creative career would probably not be a lucrative one, and further that job security […]

The Office Is Closed: How United Hollywood Helped Publicize The Writer’s Strike

The Office is one of my favorite comedies that’s ever aired on primetime T.V. It boasts a fantastically talented ensemble cast, genius writing, and some of the most interesting camera work that I’ve ever seen in a half hour comedy that aired on one of the major networks. I’m not alone in my love for […]