Are you really there?

266 days ago I started feeling the same unhealthy attachment to Snapchat streaks as many of my peers, but I’m just now coming to realize how exactly the app affects me – and it’s not simply a marketing technique; it’s utter control over my reality.

When I find myself engaged in an activity that isn’t commonplace (or just out of the house), I have this stinging feeling to take a “quick” picture and send it to my friends on the app that I hold a streak with (now totaling 44 people). The problem is I’ve been completely zoned out of the excitement surrounding me by the time I get a satisfying picture, and though I’m aware of this ridiculousness, I still continue to do it because I’m worried about the wilderness outside of social media… It must be freezing out there, right?

I guess this current boomerang generation of stressed out teenagers can add vanity to their sizable list of attributes, because I’m not alone in this competition of attempting to prove the excitement of my life through snaps.

The problem isn’t just snapchat – it’s something do to with the relationship between teens and small, easily accessible cameras, but the constant temptation of the streak is why it’s emphasized in the ghostly app of quickly dissolving images. I remind you to ask yourself if you’re really there in the fun of your surroundings next time you snap (I sure need to).

No Map


How can I live in this place without them?

With their absence comes all polar bears without glaciers

and all countries third world

and every ounce of cookie dough infected with that foodborne illness

and the world in fact would have been flat

and Jamestown would have banished like Roanoke

and the built up pollution of 2030-never would be now

and woman suffrage would end

and people who read the last stanza with joy would roam the earth

Cartridges Survive, Discs Die

I enjoy collecting things and reflecting on the past. And playing Donkey Kong Country.

The current eighth generation of gaming continues to bring forth beautifully designed games with crisp game play and hundreds of gigabytes packed onto each fragile disc, (which were introduced in the fifth generation with the PlayStation).

So here’s a question for the gamers out there that double as collectors and enjoy the modernized interaction of today’s games. Will discs ever last to forever enclose the sensation of adventure like cartridges have?

Discs have to be handled very carefully and even then can easily be permanently scratched, which ruins the entire game because the content will not be loaded to a console. On the other hand, cartridges rarely proposed a problem for the player, and on that rare occasion, blowing into the contacts of the slot would fix it.

How come mass gaming companies have changed to discs? It’s simple, discs are slim and more modern looking than blocks of plastic, and increasingly more delicate. Delicacy means damage which means more people needing to hustle into Game Stop and buy another copy of Dark Souls III.

Keep discs safe.

Hypocrisy in the Rainbow

Hypocrisy never furthers the prosperity of the institutions or people who utilize it.

As an ambitious, young gay person, I notice that the image of the homosexual community does not evidence hope of improving, stopped by hypocrisy.

Millions of alternative teens claim an LGBT rights activist status that advocates utter equality and then go on to lead with an immature agenda used on sexual orientation and the stereotypes that follow with it. They frequently ask for their relationships to be viewed the same as a man and woman, but then flaunt the fact that they are gay with every little detail of the day.

 Heterosexual people rarely stretch something out tirelessly to relate to their sexual preferences, and when they do, it’s looked upon as undoubtedly inappropriate. How can you be surprised that your neighbor doesn’t support gay rights when you seem to purposely further yourself from social norms?

While I think young gay people are batteries to empower such childishness the most, I also believe things exist that inspire them to be like this (or shield from choice all together). Huffpost makes a valid point while explaining the reasoning for some people’s objection to gay pride parades, stating, “Some fault them for giving foes of the community ammunition with which to disparage the movement,” and this is entirely true. These parades that solely exist to celebrate our progression and glorify what it means to be gay end up portraying flamboyant displays that enforce the stereotype that LGBT people are silly, genderbending, sex-crazed freaks.

So while June 17th comes closer and will stand as the one year mark since the United States nationally legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, always keep in mind that real people were granted the right of marriage, not the amplified characters that have become commonly displayed.FullSizeRender (1)