BasicLee’s Unique Balls

In 2016, Lee Chipman, a Massachusetts mother of six, opened up her Etsy shop, “It’s Basic Lee Designs”, after encouragement from friends and family. Lee was known in her town for her festive, homemade felt garlands and unique decorations, and eventually selling them to friends and neighbors by request. Lee has totaled 114 sales, most of […]

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, […]

Identity Crisis

  Within the 21st century, technologies have been fused permanently within our daily lives, making it near impossible to imagine a day without simple interaction. Most people use the internet to browse and buy, use their smartphones for maps and games, and within film, we immerse our minds into the story of the screen. When […]

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 […]

The Digital Me

Society is made of of information that people have bestowed upon one another. With technology on the rise, information but anything and almost everything is all digital and developed as data. “We live in a world of ubiquitous networked communication, a world where the technologies that constitute the Internet are so woven into the fabrics […]

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, […]