On social media and misplaced judgment

One look at my Facebook profile will give you a fairly accurate depiction of my persona: Swarthmore College student, loves Kanye, fairly Indian, works at the Lang Center, somewhat basic. Upon such a brief glimpse, you may fail to deduce that, confused

On likes, farts, and Trump

“Political thought and political instinct prove themselves theoretically and practically in the ability to distinguish friend and enemy. The high points of politics are simultaneously the moments in which the enemy is, in concrete clarity, recognized as the enemy.” Sometimes I wonder


Yik Yak: A Utopia at Swarthmore

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG. Yik Yak

Social media activism might be just a card game

The myriad damage they inflicted upon the world aside, English aristocrats have left us at least one enduring gift: the terms of venery. From the brutal Anglo hunting tradition, we have derived a wealth of enchanting collective nouns: “a pride of lions,”

The adventures of Zena, ultimate internet girl

The way we use technology, and certainly social media, is focused on a stylized and curated presentation of the self. Because the self we present via technology has time and space in which to form before it arrives at our audience, it

Am I always rejected because of technology?

“Hey sexy,” sent DICK LICKER over Grindr. And people say the age of romance is dead. Technology has equipped us millennials with a myriad of platforms and social media outlets to court, flirt or cruise in ways our older peers couldn’t dream