Those who take advantage of free speech can be inspiring. They can also be really awful, and sometimes really, awfully interesting. One of the greatest enjoyments I’ve derived from editing Vox Populi is observing how commenters respond to different posts. Many posts float by without being noticed, but others quickly erupt in an avalanche of opinions, humorous one-liners, and royal personages. And then, of course, there are the obligatory trolls. Trolling demonstrates the full potential of the first amendment in a domain where censorship is focused on larger problems, like covering up nipples and taking the fun out of hit singles by Cee-Lo Green
As a 20 year-old in 2011, I grew up with adults critical of new gadgets and gizmos. Game Boys were “stupid,” computer games were “a waste of time,” and smart phones may still be “expensive and unnecessary.” I always shrugged these comments off as ignorant skepticism, but recently I’ve come to a realization—it’s not that adults are intolerant of technology; technology is intolerant of adults.
If too often you find yourself holed up in Lau, twisting your brain trying to survive your second semester of organic chemistry, you don’t want to see a play that’s going to tie your mind in knots. Mask and Bauble must have realized this and decided on a spring play that is about as far from meta-theater as one can get—Sweeney Todd, the Steven Sondheim classic on which Mask and Bauble gives an innovative take. Though at points disjointed, the cast takes full advantage of their roles to create a fun-filled atmosphere that will make any audience forget that they’re watching a play about killing people.
Studying can be difficult when your most important tool is also your biggest time waster. All of us are familiar with being holed up in the library, intent on doing homework, only to catch ourselves surfing the net. It is virtually impossible to stay focused with the giant bag of potato chips that is the World Wide Web at your disposal. Betcha can’t click just one.
This week, speculation has been mounting about the possible release of the iPad 2 this April—just one year after that of its groundbreaking predecessor. In a world where innovation and change in consumer technology are moving faster than ever, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for consumers to realistically keep up with every new product that promises to change their lives.
Mentioning on-campus concerts often churns up memories of the “The Coolio Incident,” when in 2007, the crazy-haired rapper gave an acoustically disastrous performance in Georgetown’s gangster’s paradise, or Leo J. O’Donovan Hall. But now, Georgetown students have a reason to thank the University for its mediocre concerts of yesteryear, because they inspired Daniel Alexander to give Georgetown a better show.
In the three years since its inception, FotoWeek DC has become a photography festival recognized worldwide for its gallery exhibitions all over Washington, D.C. It features speakers, workshops, and a competition with 13 categories, ranging from photojournalism to mobile phone photography—meaning that you could go up against pros from all around the world.