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The Black Mirror and Instagram Likes

  I spent my second week of winter break trying to convince my father to like my recently uploaded picture on Instagram. An hour later, I received a notification acknowledging that my father had double-tapped on my picture- taking it from 59 to 60 likes- a small milestone. In exchange for the favor, I was … Continue reading

Michael Hiltzik, “What’s Happened to America’s Middle Class?”
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Michael Hiltzik, “What’s Happened to America’s Middle Class?”

This week, I had the pleasure of attending Michael Hiltzik’s talk at the Athenaeum. As a Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist and author, Hiltzik enriched students and faculty on his findings and views on how the middle class gets squeezed by income inequality and unfair government tax benefits. Recently, education and housing prices have increased while remuneration … Continue reading

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Click Bait

Google defines click bait as “(on the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.” To me, click bait is largely “97-Year Old Michigan Woman Finally Gets Her High School Diploma,” “Why I Took My 7 Year Old … Continue reading

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Life Timeline

Something I’ve touched on tangentially in previous posts is the idea of the “life timeline.” That is, the idea that there are certain steps to be taken in sequential order towards some societally defined understanding of success. Since I’ve taken many of these “steps,” I’ve started to get the question every newlywed or aging woman … Continue reading