By Ramya Chitturi, Lydia Lam, Zade Lobo, Diya Pathak and Merritt Vassallo
“Should I post this? What should the caption be? Will this fit in with my feed?” These are just some of the many questions we, as teens, ponder constantly. Social media has always been a major part of our lives in connecting with our peers, favorite celebrities, and the world around us, especially during the pandemic.
But recently something has changed.
There was a time we would go on Instagram for important life updates from our peers: Sonia’s trip to Sweden, Ryan’s new boyfriend, or Karie’s argument with her friend group because she didn’t comment on their photos. But we don’t see Jennifer’s picture-perfect smoothie bowl anymore. Instead, we see posts pleading for petition signatures and infographics educating us on topics we’ve never heard about. Led by the Black Lives Matter movement and other crises around the world, we witness the voices who have been facing injustices finally being heard, inspiring an outpouring of allies advocating for change. …
By David C. Brock
In the United States, politics was intertwined with electronics from the very start. The advent of vacuum tubes in the early twentieth century marked the beginnings of our electronic world. These tubes — cousins to the incandescent light bulbs that are now becoming a rarity — controlled flows of electricity, switching and amplifying them among other things. Early tubes were used to amplify the dots and dashes of telegraph codes as they sped flows of political and economic news across continents and underneath oceans.
In the 1920s, tubes afforded the construction of radio broadcasting, and a new era in the spread of political messaging and news from the few to the many, to say nothing of cultural productions like music and theatre. By the 1930s, the electronic flows of radio became indispensable tools for politicians across the globe, from US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s on-air “ fireside chats “ on the Depression, the New Deal, and, eventually, war, to the use of radio by fascist leaders in Germany, Italy, and elsewhere. …
By Mike Cassidy
To find the site of my digital divide awakening, head to Steamboat, Arizona. Take a right off the main highway, down a rutted dirt road and drive eight miles to the two-bedroom trailer where Myra Nez grew up.
Nez is the Navajo woman who as a 13-year-old won an Apple iMac in 2000. …