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The social media trap

The social media trap

Judging from her Instagram profile, senior Caroline Young (’19) appears to live a charming life. With a passion for photography, she takes pictures of her friends and her travels, hiking down paths to arrive at sprawling glaciers and forests. She is supported by her...

Opinion: How social media is destroying independence

Opinion: How social media is destroying independence

Social media applications like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter train us to use others’ opinions of ourselves in place of building our own self-image, thus, requiring constant validation from others and eliminating the possibility of complete independence. Continuing...

Opinion: Inappropriation

Opinion: Inappropriation

Swiping through your daily Instagram feed nearly always entails encountering a photo of a girl showcasing her newest henna designs. Most people make a quick decision as to whether or not the photo deserves a precious like, then move on. The girl’s post doesn’t stick...

Actress Gina Rodriguez initiates #MovementMonday

Actress Gina Rodriguez initiates #MovementMonday

“Jane the Virgin” star and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez kick starts the first “Movement Monday” in stir of the Oscars uproar. In a recent Instagram post, Rodriguez called on the “55 million Latinos in this country” to create a more inclusive Hollywood. The...

Camua captures student life on film

Camua captures student life on film

Every day teenagers scroll through dozens of photos, rarely taking pause among the countless selfies and sunsets. However, some photos manage to transform a mindless scrolling into a deeper reflection. Junior Raphael Camua’s photography has taken social media by storm...

Essena O’Neill’s actions are questionable at best

Essena O’Neill’s actions are questionable at best

On Oct. 27, Essena O'Neill, an 18-year-old with an Instagram account that had over 500,000 followers, deleted over 2,000 posts and altered the captions of the remaining photos with descriptions that pointed out her truth behind each shot. Each of the 96 remaining...

5 teenagers respond to Essena O’Neill

5 teenagers respond to Essena O’Neill

For a 19-year-old model with more than half a million Instagram followers, swearing off social media might sound like a bad career move. But that is exactly what Australian social media star Essena O’Neill did on October 31 claiming it created a "brainwashed...

Essena O’Neill is an inspiration

Essena O’Neill is an inspiration

Cassandra Hsiao respects O'Neill's courage in taking down her Instagram and pushing back on the negative effects of social media. But she says O'Neill may have overstated her claim that all social media is bad.