Virtual Reality

Why Isn’t UCSB Verified on Instagram?

Reese Coblentz argues that verifying UC Santa Barbara on Instagram is more important than you might think.
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Siri and Shopping Carts

Toni Shindler-Ruberg unpacks the trend of gendered artificial intelligence and its implications of automatically conflating femininity with servitude.
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Killing the “Final Girl”

Katie Caracciolo explores the "Final Girl" trope in horror movies, delving into the past and recent representation of women in the genre.
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The Death of Physical Media

Min Seo Riu unpacks the rise of streaming services and resulting decline of physical media.
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Artificial Intelligence: The Terminator of Truth

Brian Byrne explores some of the misconceptions about and true dangers of artificial intelligence.
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Why Stream When You Can Use 123Movies?

Christine Tu expresses her frustration with the overabundance of less-than-ideal streaming services.
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Argument in the Office: Social Media — Addiction or Activism?

Nathan Lee and Liliana Ma scroll through the pros and cons of social media's widening virtual grasp.
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The Most Disappointing Game of 2020 is Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Christine Tu discusses her frustration with Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Frankenstein’s Monster Has Nothing On the Internet

Kiana Perez-Granados unpacks the detrimental consequences of this era's scariest behemoth — the internet.
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Haiyaa — Uncle Roger Is Pretty Funny

Christine Tu explores the Youtube content of Mr. Roger and his unwavering support for MSG.
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Social Media Is a Threat to America’s Growing Political Divide

Melody Chen unpacks the power social media wields over political discourse in an online era.
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It’s Time To Talk to Strangers (and Fall in Love With Yourself)

Toni Shindler-Ruberg delves in the world of online dating, a pandemic reality for many lonely, touch-deprived and hopeful singles.
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Send Me Your Location – Or Don’t

Joshen Mantai examines the implications of location sharing within personal relationships and its tendency to contribute to an overall culture of virtual oversharing.
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Now More Than Ever, Binge Watching Is a Necessity

Katie Caracciolo wants you to keep binge watching your favorite shows.
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The Season of Animal Crossing

Pei Ja Anderson reflects on how the tranquil simplicity of Animal Crossing has helped her pass time through quarantine.
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