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Reacting to a World Veiled in Irony

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 8:28 AM

Irony: noun. The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

"Look around your living space. Do you surround yourself with things you really like or things you like only because they are absurd?" asked Christy Wampole....

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If You Didn't 'Like' It On Facebook, Did You Ever Like It At All?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 9:04 AM

One of the worst days of my life was when Facebook instituted "liking" on profiles. Hyperbolic? Perhaps. But if you were to just look at how much time we each spend updating our social media outlets, I don't think it's an extraordinary reach. I mean, I look at my own...

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Lost and Found: On Buying Someone's Diary

(18) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 10:35 AM

One day I found myself buying someone else's secrets.

I was exploring The Bargain Box in Upstate New York, in a lull between finishing a college tour and waiting for the Amtrak train to return back to New York City. In my hands, I grasped a weathered notebook with doodles...

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I Shop, Therefore I Am

(171) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 9:54 AM

"I shop, therefore I am" is a slogan made ubiquitous by one of my favorite artists, Barbara Kruger, whose pop art often deals with consumerism and feminism. But the text-atop-screen-print, which was originally produced by Kruger in 1987, has never rung more true than for our current generation.

The...

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Smells Like Teen Angst

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 1:01 PM

"Angst," though an incredibly broad and subjective term, is, in some respects, a mantra that we as teenagers all unknowingly subscribe to. If you search on UrbanDictionary.com -- which, by the way, is by NO MEANS a legitimate dictionary, but it does do a good job of defining jargon --...

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An Underworld Below Your Subway Seat

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 8:09 AM

Would you believe me if I told you that there are hundreds of people living below New York City? The idea of mole people is often depicted as mythical in pop culture (even comical at times, with characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stationed below the city) but they...

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Let's Get Mortified

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 8:37 PM

On the first day of my memoir-writing elective for this school term, my teacher handed out a sheet of paper with a series of diary-style letters on it. These letters were written by a really random variety of famous people (everyone from J.K. Rowling to Hugh Jackman to Suze Orman...

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Do Fashion and High School Boys Mix?

(23) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Woah, there. To say that there is a line drawn deep in the sand where girls who care about looking different are on one side, and everyone else is on the other, is obviously a generalization. And the problem with generalizations is they're not always true. Take one of my...

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