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Media Censorship in Mainland China

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Recently, WhatsApp messaging app as been blocked by Beijing to tighten surveillance of a big Communist Party meeting. The censorship began in 2009. Now, all the Facebook-owned apps, including Facebook, have now been disabled despite Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts of learning mandarin to make his product accessible to the Chinese population. Other services like Microsoft’s Skype are still available to the population due to their weaker security.

Feminism, Social Media, & Intersectionality; My Volunteer Work

"We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." -Malala Yousafzai

"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity" -Viola Davis

"In my nervousness for this speech and my moments of doubt, I've told myself firmly, 'If not me, who? If not when, how?'" -Emma Watson

M[us]lims: How the Media Feeds [Us] Opinions

In a perfect world, the media would be unbiased and would simply inform people of certain events and issues, instead of feeding them opinions. In the real world, this does not hold true. Because of the media’s powerful influence and presence, almost anything that they display is taken to heart, and strongly affects a population’s thoughts and beliefs. The media needs to act responsibly when informing the population, as to not cause damage or distress to a significant sample of the population at large.

Food for Thought: Misrepresentation of GMOs in Social Media

       Since about twenty years ago, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a part of our everyday world. With the goal of producing seed variants that are more resistant to pesticides as well as being capable of warding off insects, scientists were able to create a “superior” amalgam of organisms by merging the DNA of various species and make large-scale farming a more efficient method. Today, the world produces more food than it actually needs. However, this relatively new science presents many unknowns, and scientists and the public alike are not all yet ready to accept its safety.

Bruce Springsteen in Support of Gay Marriage

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            Bruce Springsteen has always been an advocate for LGBT rights, but he has recently decided to go farther and star in new social media to convey his feelings about it.  The Four 2012 has started a new campaign that is focusing on the Maryland, Maine, and Minnesota same-sex marriage ballot.  Springsteen is the poster boy for them.  Just recently, there has been a poster circulating with him on the cover and his quote, “The marriage-equality should be recognized for what it truly is-a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the

Social Media, Helpful or Hurtful?

Social Media websites like myspace, facebook, and twitter have become increasingly popular within the last ten years. People use these sites to communicate with friends, family, and even to promote businesses.  There is a substantial amount of advantages to social media sites. These include the ability to access news easily, communicate easily, and to be updated on national events quickly. However, along with the increase of social media websites; comes the increase of cyber bullying. What is cyber bullying?