Trolls

From The Ground Up: A Response to Astroturfing | Kevin Johnson

“How do you make decisions in an increasingly complex world?” “Real or Fake?” “What has been done?” These questions, posted on the endless void of social media, are out of context but packed with meaning. These questions are not human questions. These were asked in a calculated effort to support…

Blackstar: Trolled by the Goblin King

On November 19, 2015, I fell in love with a song that had just been posted on YouTube. Accompanied by a surrealist 10-minute music video, this was what can only be classified as “weird shit.” The song was called Blackstar, by David Bowie. From the opening moments, all I could…

Knife Fight in the Garden of Comments and Criticism

The avenues of the internet are lined on either side by buildings—some of majesty, constructed by award-winning journalists, others busted and bruised. Click bait pads for hustlers with shot out windows and a bottomless hunger. Porno flop houses, clearly, mixed amongst your Salon.coms and your Guardians and your Slant, with…

Overhyped and Underwhelming

Do me a favor and think back to the year 2001. The Time Magazine “Person of the Year” was Rudy Giuliani. Lifehouse, Train, Matchbox Twenty, and Lenny Kravitz took four of the first 10 spots on the Billboard Top 100 List (one of the last times that so many rock-ish…

The Portrait of a Cyber Bully | Emily Miller

I have remarked more than once that I feel really grateful to have come of age before smart phones, texting, social media, and (to some extent) the internet. In middle school and high school, whenever I stepped off of the bus around 3 pm (or returned from some athletic practice…

You Spin Me Right ‘Round

The little aliens from Independence Day have always fascinated me. They’re the Russian stacking dolls of aliens. At first blush, they seem like tall, brawny beasts that’d clobber you with their talons and tails before sucking your spine out of your skull cap. Upon closer examination, though, you realize that…