What I’ve Learned From 4 Years at The City Voice

It’s always easier not to think for oneself. Find a nice safe hierarchy and settle in. Don’t make changes, don’t risk disapproval, don’t upset your syndics. It’s always easiest to let yourself be governed. [But] there’s a point, around age twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities. … Continue reading What I’ve Learned From 4 Years at The City Voice

America’s Election Culture of Disengagement Undermines Democracy

The democratic United States has always been the land of the free and the home of the brave to me. However, with current redistricting efforts underway, I cannot help but view what French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville lovingly described as “The Great Experiment” pessimistically — as something less great and certainly much less radical than what our founding fathers imagined. With more than two-thirds of … Continue reading America’s Election Culture of Disengagement Undermines Democracy

Google, Discord, and the Metaverse of Madness

When I opened Chrome on Wednesday morning, I was surprised to see a major OS overall of Gmail. Rolling remote software updates aren’t that shocking anymore, they’re a pretty normal part of modern big tech, but this one is notable for continuing Google’s never ending quest to assimilate the most popular advances of other tech companies like a particularly email-obsessed Borg collective. Refer, for example, … Continue reading Google, Discord, and the Metaverse of Madness

The Importance of the Special Election in Michigan’s 74th House District

Michigan politics have recently made national news for the comments of Robert Regan, the Republican candidate for State Representative in Michigan’s 74th House district. On a Zoom meeting, Regan used a horrifying analogy, comparing rape to those who were not fighting to overturn the 2020 election results, which Regan falsely asserts were impacted by fraud. He stated, “I tell my daughters, ‘Well, if rape is … Continue reading The Importance of the Special Election in Michigan’s 74th House District

The Significance of Teaching History

Before I delve into this matter of great debate, I would like to direct your attention to a quote by Marcus Garvey, an African-Jamaican activist: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” Since the American school system was established, childrens’ minds have been fed with a Eurocentric version of U.S. history. You know the … Continue reading The Significance of Teaching History

Join Union Girls’ Tennis!

The girls’ Union High School tennis team is beginning training on March 14, 2022!  No previous experience is needed to join the team! The Union tennis team has excellent, experienced coaches ready to teach a wide range of skills for both beginner and advanced players.  The general meeting for both players and parents will be held in the City High cafeteria on February 17, at … Continue reading Join Union Girls’ Tennis!

Why Did We Forget Frances Haugen?

Back in October, a mere four months ago, there was only one story that I can remember competing with the pandemic for airtime: the testimony of Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower who left the company with thousands of pages of internal documents and went before Congress to accuse her former employers of knowingly causing harm to their users, particularly young adults. While I recognize that … Continue reading Why Did We Forget Frances Haugen?