A Scandinavian Connection to File Sharing

Ever heard of The Pirate Bay? If you’re around my age, chances are, you probably have. The Pirate Bay (aka TPB) is a huge file sharing site (started in Sweden–that’s the connection to Scandinavia! And now the rest of my post will choose to ignore that completely) where anyone could find and download free music […]

Grønland… Oqaatsit ataasiinnaat naammanngillat

“One language is never enough.” That’s how I felt when I arrived in Greenland last week for my long study tour. As if Danish wasn’t foreign enough to me, Greenlandic sounds like clucking and gibberish. Oh well, it was a small price to pay for five days in the coolest place I’ve ever been… literally. […]

Is Big Brother Watching You?

Imagine that it is always possible that you are being monitored, but you have no way of determining whether you actually are being watched or not. This is the premise behind the Panopticon, a building designed to keep inmates in line. The building consists of rooms located in a circle around a single watchtower, from […]

Internet Ghosts: Online Privacy & Information

Did you know that you can easily generate a fake identity? I went to Fake Name Generator to create my alter ego this morning, just to see what it would give me… I filled in my gender as female, my name set as American, and my country as the U.S. The site spit back all […]

Whose News?

Everything these days is about accessibility and personalization. People, especially young people, want information handed to them, and they want the information to be relevant to them. We are bombarded with a constant stream of media, to the point where news doesn’t spark a reaction unless it directly affects us. I don’t remember a time […]

A Minority Report Future: Good or Bad?

Years ago, I saw the movie Minority Report for the first time. I enjoy science fiction and action movies, so I really liked the movie, although I’m not the biggest Tom Cruise fan. I was struck by the way the movie portrayed the future. The Minority Report future is one in which everyone’s decisions and interactions are recorded […]

Who Am I? Questions of Identity Abroad

Identity is such a fascinating thing. My identity is constantly changing, no matter how subtly, in response to my life experiences. This time abroad has the potential to be one of the biggest times of change for my personal identity, as being in such a foreign place encourages me to be more aware of who […]

My Accidental Toast

I am not used to being surrounded by people with whom I cannot easily converse. In social situations, I pride myself on my ability to carry on a conversation with almost anyone, no matter how uninteresting he or she may be. This skill serves me well… until the people I am with do not speak […]