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NY Times launches free access to high school students and teachers
The New York Times announced a partnership with Verizon that will provide students and teachers with free access to all of their online content until Sept. 1, 2021. Here’s how you can get access:
- Your high school administrator/teacher registers your school
- They enter valid student names and email addresses
- You receive an email invitation to sign in and access The New York Times online
It’s that simple! You will then have free access to all Times content until September 1, 2021.
The “Karen” effect
Viral sensations point fingers at temper tantrums in middle-aged women: but what are we really doing?
I’ve been using the term “Karen” for years. From describing an over-involved soccer mom to a demanding retail customer, the “Karen” figure existed long before TikTok made her famous.
The various tales of “Karen” float through social media with the ease of sharing a video: but here’s the kicker — who is thought to be “at fault” in these situations?
Your position as a social media user reflects the version of the encounter you see. The Atlantic contributor Kaitlyn Tiffany points out in her article, “America’s Summer of Viral Meltdowns,” people are waiting to repost and share these videos – but for what purpose? In the same article, Tiffany interviews University of Washington doctoral student of online toxicity Katherine Cross.
“The individualist logic of social media leads us to believe that we can virally shame our way to a better world,” Cross said.
Our ability to share content that appears, at its core, wrong, is comforting. In a world where we have so little control over everything else, we recognize the ability to “call out” what we believe to be wrong. Yet, if you were the “Karen” in said situation, your perspective would be drastically different than the viral videos Generation Z gets in their hands.
A little bit of perspective: what are we trying to prove with our Karen videos? Is it a cry to Karen’s everywhere to change their views, or is it a humiliation factor?
Britain focuses on edited content
Proposed bill could require celebrities to mark photos as edited
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Tory member of Parliament Dr. Luke Evans proposed a bill this week that would require celebrities to state if an image has been digitally altered. The bill draws on the harmful expectations social media draws for children and young adults.
While no such bill has been proposed in the United States, there is countless research on the harmful effects of social media to young children. According to a 2018 study by the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute nearly 40% of girls ages 9-10 were actively trying to lose weight.
In her article, “The Effects of Social Media on Body Image and Health,” Amanda Doria, contributor to the “Life Sciences” Journal of Boston College, said, “This is largely a consequence of how the media in general has painted a picture of the ‘ideal’ body type: tall, stick-thin women who have very few curves,” Doria said. “In reality, this physique is unrealistic and potentially unhealthy for the vast majority, but one that many young girls chase after, as demonstrated by the rising presence of eating disorders in women and the usage of photo editing apps to alter one’s body to his or her satisfaction.”
No headway has been made regarding the bill; however, if passed, social media will look very different in Britain.
The vampire effect
Stephanie Meyers’ “Midnight Sun” relaunches vampire craze
Do you remember the simple days when a classmate would come to school with two marks on their neck and shyly say, “I was bit by a vampire?” Well, those days are back – and affecting a whole new generation of readers.
Stephanie Meyers announced the release of her Twilight Saga prequel “Midnight Sun” in May. Once the book was released on August 4, it sold over one million copies in the US in one week. The novel takes a second look at “Twilight” – the first in the series – from Edward’s perspective. From Greek metaphors to Biblical references, “Midnight Sun” makes you cringe in all the right (or wrong) ways.
The staple success of Midnight Sun prompted Meyers to announce the appearance of at least two more books in the Twilight Saga at a virtual Books-a-Million’s event.
The last Twilight Saga novel, “Breaking Dawn,” was released in 2008; the two-part movie followed shortly in 2011 and 2012. The question is: will Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reunite to make a “Midnight Sun” movie nearly a decade after their last performance?