If Information Created Democracy, Can Misinformation Destroy It?

“What we are seeing is death by a thousand cuts.” -Maria Ressa In 2013, the Philippines became a trial-run for Facebook’s “Free Facebook” campaign, an effort to subsidize internet access for smartphone users. The campaign was heralded as a success; nearly 69 million Filipinos use Facebook today, compared to 29 million in 2012. Yet, as […]

The Civilian-Military Divide And Why You Should Care

Growing up in a small town in Oregon, I had little interaction with the military. Oregon has few active-duty military bases, most of which were several hours away. My first experience even really seeing members of the Armed Forces was on a trip to Portland to get ice cream (when you come from a small […]

No, Twitter is not the same as Facebook.

During Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress at the height of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, senators from both sides of the aisle asked the following questions:  “How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” “Is Twitter the same as what you do?”  “If I’m emailing […]

What Happened?

The 2020 election was nothing short of unprecendented. For our final exam, we were given three hours to respond to one prompt to synthesize what we have learned throughout the class: “explain why the 2020 election turned out as it did.” What a complicated question to answer! As is my typical fashion, my response to […]

The Results Are In! (Probably?)

As anticipated, election “day” this year was not a day at all– it was five. After waiting for what felt like an eternity to many Americans, most major media outlets finally declared the projected winner of the 2020 election on Saturday: Joe Biden. Of course, Donald Trump has not accepted the results of the election […]

Week TWO (time flies!)

It’s already second Wednesday! Every block I say, “Wow this block is going by so fast!” and then I forget just how fast it went by, and then I say the exact same thing the next block. Consistency is key! Last week I was in a state of distress over writing my paper, but I […]