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  • Jill, I agree that social media plays a significant role in connecting people of influence and the public. Do you think there are any larger scale benefits that easily accessible celebrity platforms could create? For example, creating awareness for important issues and political influences.

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    Ari commented on the post, Ceramics

    Amy, this is awesome! Ceramics is a really interesting form of art and it has contributed so much to human culture. Here is an article I think you would like: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/a-23-2009-09-08-voa1-83141757/129898.html

  • Yulisa, this is a very interesting and important topic. I think your comment that there is a collection of small issues that contribute to larger institutional issues is extremely accurate. American education has a lot of room for growth and I think commentary on it, such as this, is crucial to spreading awareness on the issues.

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    Social media is engineered to bolster existing opinions to the point of extremity. However, social media is filled with so many biases and extreme opinions that in has significant influence over

    Social Media Makes People Change their Mind- Sources for Explanatory Essay

    Now Comment Social media is engineered to bolster existing opinions to the point of extremity. However, social media is filled with so many biases and extreme opinions that in has significant influence over peoples' political views. Democrats and Republicans...

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    Social media has become even more popular than traditional news sources for receiving information. The concerns over fake news from traditional sources send people running to social media but that

    Public attitudes toward political engagement on social media- Source Explanatory Essay

    Now Comment Social media has become even more popular than traditional news sources for receiving information. The concerns over fake news from traditional sources send people running to social media but that doesn't guarantee it's better.  Social media has changed...

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    • Hi Ari! This is an interesting topic. When you said “The concerns over fake news from traditional sources send people running to social media but that doesn’t guarantee it’s better”, I found that to be very interesting and true. Keep up the good writing!

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    Social media has become a new source for political information but it’s very informal and has even fewer rules for information presented than traditional news. This makes it dangerous for media

    News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017- Source Explanatory Essay

    Now Comment Social media has become a new source for political information but it's very informal and has even fewer rules for information presented than traditional news. This makes it dangerous for media manipulations. Social media is convienient for news...

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    • I agree with you that social media is not always reliable, but it is easy to access and pretty prevalent in our everyday lives. I would be curious to know your thought on people of power (president, etc) having social media accounts: positive or negative

    • I have noticed an increase in friends using Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and other forms of social media as their only news sources. It has become commonplace for teens to get news from the apps they already use 24/7 and ditch the newspaper, TV, and even online sources altogether. I also agree that it is very dangerous that social media as a main source of news is becoming more prevalent. While social media gives a quick glance at current events, it in no way, shape, or form covers the news thoroughly or accurately enough.

    • Ari,
      This topic is very interesting to me and I did similar research on one of my youth voices posts. It is a little frightening to believe that people with such a big following can use their social media platforms to manipulate thousands of people. Here’s the post: https://www.youthvoices.live/2019/04/15/how-celebrities-use-social-media-to-manipulate-followers/

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    Media manipulation most commonly if affected by individual unconscious biases that have been supported through social media as well as traditional political socialization. Bias is a serious

    Unconscious Bias- Making Millions from Theory

    Now Comment Media manipulation most commonly if affected by individual unconscious biases that have been supported through social media as well as traditional political socialization. Bias is a serious concern when it comes to media manipulation because social media is...

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    This source gives examples of how celebrities can partake in political media manipulation tactics through social media.  Social media is most popular in Gen Z, so it maintains significant

    How Taylor Swift, Snapchat, And Millennial Marketers Are Changing The Political Game- Source for Explanatory Essay

    NowComment This source gives examples of how celebrities can partake in political media manipulation tactics through social media.  Social media is most popular in Gen Z, so it maintains significant political influence over the youth and subsequently the next...

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    • I wrote about a similar topic. It is interesting to see the way social media influencers are able to manipulate their audience.

  • The idea that perfectionism is a personality trait is really interesting to me. It really shapes people’s individual perceptions and understanding of the world around them. The results of the study you looked at are really interesting as well.

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    I really enjoyed learning about the influence of music. Music is so synonymous with many cultures and it is really interesting to hear about. Music brings people together between cultures and well as within.

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    I’m changing my topic to be mass media political manipulation.

    Ebsco Source: “Do Mass Media Influence the Political Behavior of Citizens.” The Guide to Winning Elections, 26 Nov. 2013, gui

    Mass Media and Political Manipulation

    I'm changing my topic to be mass media political manipulation. Ebsco Source: “Do Mass Media Influence the Political Behavior of Citizens.” The Guide to Winning Elections, 26 Nov. 2013, guidetowinningelections.com/do-mass-media-influence-the-political-behavior-of-citizens/. “One must not forget another interesting fact about...

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    • Hi Ari! I find this topic fascinating. We are influenced by so many things around us, especially our technology and media. It makes me wonder whether we are ever truly thinking for ourselves, which is kind of a scary thought. I really like the part about how our media consumption forms our values and what we view as right or wrong. It is so true and, if it’s like that now, I can’t help but think what it’s going to be like in the future when our technology advances even more. Will consumption of media be the only thing that makes us, us? Either way, really interesting topic. Keep up the good work!

    • Ari,
      This is a super interesting topic because the political landscape right now is so partisan and toxic on both sides. This really is where the problem starts and persists as people are only open to what they previously believe and choose not to further educate themselves on dividing topics. The prevalence of one sided media sources and short attention grabbing headlines is a problem that needs do be talked about and alleviated in some way.

    • Ari I found this really interesting to read about and I think it’s really cool to look more into. I really agree that a lot of the time the media can impact a lot the way that we can view politics. Whether this can be in a positive or negative way and a lot of the time it does seem to be negative. I think your doing an amazing job and to keep digging more into this topic.

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    Ari commented on the post, Men are afraid???

    Hi Sofia, I like how you point out that men are often uncomfortable admitting fear or weakness. Do you think this is a byproduct of modern society’s encouragement of toxic masculinity and gender-classifying emotions?

  • Do you think that the fact that mental illness is increasing in the homeless population points to a larger issue in the healthcare system with properly addressing mental health and providing adequate care?

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    For my project, I’m looking at popular, modern conspiracy theories. The first is about the assassination of JFK. My first source is NowComment. This source summarized the major conspiracy theories surrounding the

    Popular Conspiracy Theories

    For my project, I'm looking at popular, modern conspiracy theories. The first is about the assassination of JFK. My first source is NowComment. This source summarized the major conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. The first is that...

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    This is a recording of Desdemona (1.3.208-218) in Othello. It was an interesting experience recording and re-recording this. I learned that tone has an immense impact on how the meaning of words is interpreted.

    Recording a Passage from Othello

    This is a recording of Desdemona (1.3.208-218) in Othello. It was an interesting experience recording and re-recording this. I learned that tone has an immense impact on how the meaning of words is interpreted. Pacing and volume allow for...

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  • Sebastian, You have a solid amount of statistics to support your argument that schools don’t have the right to limit online speech. I think the part of your argument that focuses on the first amendment is the most concrete. You could elaborate on how a student’s expression of free speech needs to be substantially disruptive to the school…Read More

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    George Orwell’s 1984 is centered around many societal warning, one of the most significant being government violation of the individual’s right to privacy. Constant surveillance of the people through tec

    Is Homeland Security Violating Individual Right to Privacy?

    George Orwell’s 1984 is centered around many societal warning, one of the most significant being government violation of the individual’s right to privacy. Constant surveillance of the people through technology to the point of widespread extreme paranoia was clearly...

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    Ari commented on the post, The Value of Hard Work

    Emily, I really enjoyed your response to Breakaway. I haven’t read the book myself but based on your description and analysis, it seems like a great example of the American value of hard work. I agree with your overall thesis statement that America values the most tenacious people who continue especially in the face of hardship and obstacles. The…Read More

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    Ari commented on the post, Bravery

    I really enjoyed your statement that your “plans for the future are not completely clear yet.” This is incredibly relatable and takes up quite a bit of my own thinking as well. I enjoyed hearing your thought process associated with it. I also admire the options you laid out for your future. Wanting to help people is a very noble goal, and I think…Read More

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    Ari commented on the post, You Attract What You Think

    Angela, I really enjoyed your article. The way that you compared the Law of Attraction to the Law of Gravity struck me as particularly convincing because it served as a reminder that not everything that is true and present in reality is visible. I agree that the Law of Attraction deserves to be studied in more depth on a more legitimate scientific…Read More

  • You make an interesting point about how the US has a unique perspective and situation when it comes to Gun laws. I think this is due to the creation of the second amendment. I also think it is interesting that millennials are in support of gun laws.

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    Ari commented on the post, Me Too Movement

    I like how you pointed out and emphasized that men need a space to talk about and engage with the Me Too Movement. I agree that if the cause is supported solely by women it won’t be as successful as if it was bolstered across genders and generations.

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    I decided to explore three articles referring to college debt. This is a subject I’m not particularly well versed in, but it impacts me and my family as well as people I know. In applying to colleges, I have l

    The College Debt Crisis in America

    I decided to explore three articles referring to college debt. This is a subject I’m not particularly well versed in, but it impacts me and my family as well as people I know. In applying to colleges, I have...

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    • Small corrections: First of all the way you worded the different age groups percentages of student debt was very confusing and some elaboration would be nice. Second of all you say you annotated three articles but I only see Forbes and Betrayed by the dream factory. Now that that’s out of the way I can actually tell you how I feel about this. I love it. I agree with you that the student debt crisis is yet another huge problem in today’s society that has been created for the younger millennial and gen-Z generations by the baby-boomer generation. It definitely surprised me that these baby-boomers had any portion of the college debt at all because not only did they graduated from college so long ago, college was also much cheaper back then. To answer your question about whether a college tuition is worth it anymore due to the economic strains it puts on graduates is increasingly becoming no but isn’t there for everyone yet. First of all it has to do with what you are getting a degree in and how much the place you are going costs. For example when I went to an intro to engineering at MSU (Michigan State University) camp this summer they said you could right out of college get a job paying roughly 40,000 to 60,000 a year. Compare that to minimum wage (being generous is about $10 an hour some places) multiplied by 2100 hours worked in a year if you work 40 hours a week for 52 weeks you get roughly $21,000 a year. My brother goes to NYU and I know his annual tuition is about 70,000 a year multiplied by 4 years is $280,000. Take that 280000 and divide it by the difference in salaries and it takes roughly 7 – 14 years to work off that tuition assuming you have 0 cost of living. If you factor in cost of living and interest you can tack on another 6 years of work that’s 13 – 20 years of your career paying off college tuition out of a 40 year work career. The question is whether you think 13 – 20 years of a 40 year work career is fair for being able to work any job you want because you went to a prestigious college. Do you?(BTW NYU is one of the most expensive colleges so its usually going to be on the end closer to 13).

    • Hello Ari,
      We really thought your article was pretty interesting, student debt is a leading issue in our generation. You tackled the topic in a succinct way and we appreciated the links you included in your article. We also like how you later commented and corrected your writing to clarify your previous statements and explain more of your reasoning. We think you could expand your essay by connecting the student debt problem to your own life or experiences to make your writing more interesting.

      Alana and Chelsea

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    Ari commented on the post, Healthcare

    I really enjoy your take on this issue. I agree that America could exponentially and universally benefit from having free healthcare available to all people. Canada’s system is a great example of the inalienable human right to health being acknowledged and respected. What would the effects be for the economy if free healthcare was provided?

  • I like how you illustrate two different sides of the issue in detail. It’s reflective of how to issue is currently being debated and the common opinions on it.

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    Roe V. Wade is one of the largest contemporary judicial controversies. It has spawned avid opposition and support throughout the American public for more than forty years from both genders, despite only concerning

    How Can Roe V. Wade Be Protected?

    Roe V. Wade is one of the largest contemporary judicial controversies. It has spawned avid opposition and support throughout the American public for more than forty years from both genders, despite only concerning one. With the Supreme Court nomination...

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