Data Ownership

After reading John Cheney-Lippold‘s We Are Data, it stood out to me the true importance of taking ownership over our data. This is something that Jer Thorp mentioned in his recent talk at Wheaton, “The Meaning Behind Data: Making Data More Human”, and something that I can’t seem to stop thinking about. Everything we do online, […]

Quantifying Gender

As some of you may know, I am an Introduction to Anthropology Teacher’s Assistant. It just so happens that in this week’s lab we had our discussion on gender, so following that mindset this topic stood out to me throughout reading the first half of We Are Data by John Cheney-Lippold. It is still a long standing […]

Cultural Homogeneity

Tim Wu, in The Master Switch, explains that “the age of ‘mass media’ upended by cable television was … a period of unprecedented cultural homogeneity” (214). This quote drove me to want to look at how cultural homogeneity may still exist in the present day. I cannot argue against Wu when he explains that, “since the 1980s, […]

An Outsider’s Perspective

As a double major in Anthropology and Film and New Media, Tim Wu‘s discussion of the outsider inventor was the point that stood out to me most in The Master Switch. So what does an outsider’s perspective bring to the table of invention? Wu explains the outsiders perspective as having “innovative distance”, “the importance of […]

There Isn’t One Right Answer to a Question

Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity” discusses something that I have found true for years, schools are systemized in a way that caters to only a certain type of student. This topic has interested me so much actually that my senior thesis for my Anthropology degree had a focus on how after school […]

Specialist vs. Generalist

I have always considered myself a well rounded person. It is actually something that I have prided myself on. Being involved in the art club but also varsity sports in high school, and now being an undergraduate double major in Film and New Media and Anthropology. I like to think that there is a wide […]

From the Famous to the Unknown

Growing up I can remember the day my mom’s best friend Shannon was accepted to be a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. We were all almost as excited as the time she got the part as an extra in 27 Dresses, the scene she’s in shown below. But even though she is part of […]