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    Long Read: Cyberbullying and What it Actually Means

    Cyber bullying is a form of harassment that takes place predominantly online; basically they are the internet version of real-life bullies. Doctor Larissa Hirsch, a New York-based pediatrician, wrote an article saying, “Bullies have been around forever, but technology now gives them a whole new platform for their actions.” This is a newer way for kids, teens, and maybe even adults to attack their victims. Unlike the old-school bully, cyber bullies don’t attack their victim(s) physically. Instead, they message them hurtful words, post mean phrases and calling them out on social media. Many kids today fall victim of cyberbullying, and with the easy access to technology, it is only getting…

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    Blog #13: Sustainable Through Technology?

    The company “Tesla”, founded and owned by Elon Musk, was made to serve as a catalyst to accelerate the day of electric vehicles and later the use of sustainable energy. Being the leader of SolarCity, Musk says that SolarCity is supposed to serve as the sustainable production of energy, so that it can keep up with the sustainable consumption of energy. There is little to no doubt that solar energy will become the energy of the future. Sunlight in itself is already free and plentiful, so to utilize it for energy will be pretty cost efficient. Also, as a renewable energy source, it produces no waste/pollution or any harmful effects.…

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    Blog #12: WordCloud

    You may see this as just a jumble of words in the shape of a Facebook avatar, but these are actually song lyrics, more specifically “WHY” by American rapper NF. These words are some of the lyrics that I personally resonate with on a personal level. The lyrics I used were the two main choruses from the song. The biggest word in the wordcloud is “Why”, because he uses that word a lot in the song. In this song, he questions the meaning of his life, whether it is defined by the success of his music, the people he connects with, the fame, or various other means of life. I…

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    Blog #11: Is Technology Making Us Smarter or Dumber?

    Technology is advancing as time goes by, no doubt about it. Our smartphones are getting smarter, laptops are getting faster, and data storage is becoming more compact than ever. Society has also been benefiting from this technology as well, from medical research to online encyclopedias. But in the long run, is the technology we use making us smarter or dumber? That question has been posed for many years, and the debate continues to go on. On PBS’s Point Taken, the people have discussed this issue and went over the pros and cons of our use of technology. As technology advances, we as people make these advancements to benefit us. With more…

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    Blog #10: Pros and Cons of Smartphones

    Couple of years ago our teachers once told us, “You won’t be able to carry around a calculator with you all the time.” Fast forward to 2018, almost everyone has a “calculator” on them, but better. Almost 75% of the US population has a smartphone(Pew Research Center, 2018), and that number is only going to grow with technology surrounding everyone. As technology advances and becomes more accessible, many questions start forming as well. Is this technology benefiting us? Is there a chance that our smartphones are actually making us dumber? What would happen if we didn’t have our smartphones? I want to point out some pros and cons of smartphones.…

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    Blog #8: How Are Video Games Affecting Our Children?

    Video games are something that most children grow up with. Not too long ago, kids would have fun by riding their bikes or getting with their friends to play freeze tag with their neighbors or friends. But ever since video games have entered their lives, kids have been stuck at home and glued to their screens. Andrea Norcia, from Palo Alto Medical Foundation, wrote the article, The Impact of Video Games, touching on the topic of the effects of video games on adolescents. Though there are many positive effects of kids playing video games, Norcia mainly touches on the negative. Though video games have a negative connotation that brings bad light towards it, it…

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    Blog #7: Do You Own Your Digital Self?

    The internet is a large place, with terabytes on terabytes of information about almost everything. You as an individual take up a part of that. Imagine your “digital” self being out in the web for everyone to see. But do you really own that part of you? Do you have control over your own information on the internet? Who really owns the digital you? Tim Chambers, a contributor of the Huffington Post wrote a three-piece article, Who Owns the Digital You?, questioning this exact situation. It is as if our privacy and our own business is no longer just ours. When going into different websites, Many of them take in certain informations, whether…

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    Blog #6: Is Technology Ruining Our Body?!?!

    Everywhere you look, there is some form of technology. Almost everyone has a smartphone, either listening to music or checking their news feed. In New York, there are enormous screens advertising the hottest product or show.  Students are always on their laptops, whether it be for school or to watch Netflix. With all of this around us, one must ask, is having all this technology even good for us? In the article “Technology’s Effect on Our Health: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, Bekah Wittens writes about the negative effects that technology can inflict on the human body. Wittens touches on one of the most common side effects of…

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    Blog #5: Googled My Name and What Did I Find??

    If other people were to google the name “Patrick Kim”, they will most likely not get me in their search results. Since both “Patrick” and “Kim” are common names, the google search will probably be filled with other asian men with the same name. But if someone were to find me on google, they would either find my Facebook or Instagram profile. My Facebook profile is a thumbnail of a video of me doing a flip and my Instagram profile picture is just a headshot of me. The only other thing that someone might find is my SoundCloud profile; I make music and put it on a platform for others…

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