Ch 12: Pandemic Take Aways

Come Apart Together, Right Now!

When I was fourteen or so, I was the ugly duckling in my group of friends; I still had my braces on, a really unflattering haircut, zero self-esteem, and I had never been asked out the way every other girl had seemingly been the summer going into high school. I felt like a freak! I […]

Ch 11: #Againstsurveillance Miscellaneous

Take Me Down To Surveillance City!

Everything shut down except for one thing. There was no sound of the TV on in the background. My parents sat across from one another in a completely different room, trying their best to not even let their spoons clink against their bowls. Every window in the house was slammed shut. There was no gentle […]


Right Foot Yellow, Tech Is Not Mellow

Well, it’s been quite the week in every which way so far! Between the developments in the worlds of the Mets and Devils and the macrosystems of the MLB and NHL, and not to mention the personal milestones I hit this week, I feel like I’m in a never-ending game of Twister, and oh would […]

Ch 10: Race & Technology Miscellaneous

Don’t Look at Me Like That

This has been a pretty interesting week, but it is also the week where I’ve managed to hit my “semester slump.” It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to sit down and want to type everything out, and all my thoughts and feelings are starting to really box me into this perpetually tired and […]

Ch 09: Surveillance Capitalism

The More I Understand, The Less I Know

So, let’s start off this blog post on a path of honesty and discovery; I was very, very lost when it came to trying to comprehend, analyze, and connect with the video and reading for this week. A fair comparison would be that I was the Flyers just getting absolutely dunked on by the Rangers. […]

Ch 08: The Attention Economy as Dystopia


Click the link below to check out my reaction paper to  Zeynep Tufekci’s TED Talk, “We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads.” (Please listen to this while you read the paper to really enhance the meaning and nuances I tried to explicate.) If you’re worried that there’s something missing, fret […]

Ch 07: Seeing Ourselves Miscellaneous

Getting In to Get Out, Getting Out to Get In

To those who know me, have met me virtually, or have seen me on Twitter or somewhere else on the ‘net, you know I’m not always the best at curbing my enthusiasm, keeping a consistent facial expression, or staying in one spot. Hyperactivity has always been central to who I am as a person; it’s […]

Ch 06: The Zoom Gaze

Look Around, But Not At Me, Please!

I remember the first Zoom meeting I ever went on, nearly a year ago to today. I was 20, for once in my life my skin was clear, I had finally gotten my parents out of my room, and I was so excited. This felt like something that only grown-ups were going to be doing […]

Ch 05: Digital Wellbeing & Detox

Into the Void

The highest point of this week for me was watching the New Jersey Devils, the best hockey team in the Metro bubble, finally pull their roster off of COVID-protocol and beat the Rangers spectacularly on their first night back! (I love one man, Mackenzie Blackwood.) The lowest point comes from all of the inner turmoil […]

Ch 04: Intentionally Equitable Hospitality

If You’re Stressed, It’s Intentionally Equitable Hospitality We Suggest!

So, maybe professors won’t sing and dance and do tricks with their fellow professors/ candlesticks, but this week’s reading, “Intentionally Equitable Hospitality in Hybrid Video Dialogue: The Context of Virtually Connecting,” brought Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast to the forefront of my mind. So, let’s put on “Be Our Guest,” set a smile on […]