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The Brandwagon Effect

Cristian Loza calls Apple's tech monopoly into question.
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Argument in the Office: The Merits of Read Receipts

Opinion writers Ally McCulloch and Simon Ahrens face off on the societal value of read receipts.
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AirPods: Pretentious or Practical?

Unafraid to stir up controversy, Melanie Ziment pleads her case for the 'Pods.
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The Clickbait Debate: Is Gossip Newsworthy?

Morgan Wiitala examines the blurred line between news and entertainment in media coverage of the Trump Administration.
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Tinder Massages: A Whole New Meaning of “I Gaucho Back”

Katherine Chen provides a strong endorsement of seeking massages via Tinder.
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‘#Canceled’ Culture Has No Place in the Classroom

Harper Lambert discusses the consequences of a hashtag trend.
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Best Dating Apps for People at UCSB Who Are Interested in Being in a Relationship

With Valentine's Day approaching, Komal Surani breaks down the online dating scene to assist Gauchos on their search for love.
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Sensationalism in Social Media

Brian Do cautions against the perception that social media posts are an accurate reflection of everyday life.
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Social Media Is Dumbing Down Political Discourse

Brian Wheat critiques the polarization of opinions and discourse in the modern political landscape.
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Preserving Our Rights in the Digital Age

Hugh Cook explores the potential for exploitation when one logs onto the Internet and advises users on how they can protect themselves.
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It’s Time Take Control of Your Internet Privacy

Brian Wheat stresses the importance of using a VPN to ensure your privacy on the internet.
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Is Social Media Contributing to the Stigma Around Depression and Anxiety?

Sabrina Hodjati explains why social media may not tell the whole story, and talks about how it can affect us emotionally.
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It’s Going Down, I’m Yelling “Tinder!”

Matt Togni explains why dating applications are good for more than just random hookups.
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Sincerity vs. Insecurity in Social Media: Don’t Just Say It Like You Mean It, Say It If You Mean It

About four years ago, when I was still a sophomore in high school and UCSB was merely a speck on the horizon, a girl in my class died of cancer. It was a slow death (as death by cancer often is) inter...
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What’s on your mind? The Power of Social Media in a Dynamic Age

Who would have thought when we all made our first MySpace pages back in high school, complete with the ridiculous personalized backgrounds and theme songs, that we were leading a worldwide revolution?...
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