To Build the Metaverse, Facebook Needs to Give Up Control

Facebook’s new name is Meta. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new name last week at Facebook Connect (Meta Connect?) as part of a polished, shining sales pitch about his dreams of building the “metaverse”. The term is lifted directly from Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyberpunk classic Snowcrash, which critics could be forgiven for thinking a bit of an odd choice. Snowcrash is, after all, a novel … Continue reading To Build the Metaverse, Facebook Needs to Give Up Control

2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Photos are Stunning

Especially now, at the end of a marking period for City students, it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day. To quote XKCD, “we live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over.” That feels especially true when it comes to disasters, great staggering events that are so hard to comprehend that we simplify them to numbers. Degrees of warming, … Continue reading 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Photos are Stunning

All About Homecoming

While this year’s Homecoming themes are fun and playful, they sure are interesting choices. First, let’s talk about spirit week: This week’s themes were College Day, Twin Day, Barbie Day, Early 2000s Fashion Day, and, finally, House Shirt Day. Personally, I understand all but two: 2000s Fashion and Barbie Day. So seniors, can you explain? This year’s homecoming theme is Fairytopia, so Barbie Day ties … Continue reading All About Homecoming

Opinion: How Rising Medicine Costs Affect Us

In the last decade, prescription drug costs have increased exponentially. These costs are rising wildly, and many people are unable to comfortably afford these new prescription drug prices. Struggling families who cannot afford these excessive prices have to resort to either using less effective medicine or making significant sacrifices. The unfortunate fact is that these medicine prices did not just rise, they are continuing to … Continue reading Opinion: How Rising Medicine Costs Affect Us

What Effect Does Capitalism Have on the Economy?

Capitalism is an economic and political system where private owners (or capitalists) can run the economy for profit, without the government interfering in the production of goods, services, and other products. Additionally, pricing gets set by the free market, Meaning prices are determined by unrestricted competition between privately owned businesses. Capitalism gives people the freedom to gain and develop their wealth and  participate in competitive … Continue reading What Effect Does Capitalism Have on the Economy?

Opinion: The Benefits of Summer Reading

There is no doubt that summer reading can increase kids’ reading skills, motivation, confidence, and enjoyment of books, so why don’t more kids like to read during the summer?  It might surprise you that in a poll in Education Week 77% of students agree that summer reading is important, but 20% confessed to not reading at all over the break. Meanwhile, some of the people … Continue reading Opinion: The Benefits of Summer Reading

Opinion: Texas Abortion Law Threatens Other Rights

It will come as a surprise to few that on September 1, 2021, a new law went into effect in Texas that regulates access to abortion. All abortions after six weeks are now outlawed, without exception for rape or incest. Many laws like this one have emerged from conservative states, but have been unsuccessful, so what makes this one different? The outlier of this particular … Continue reading Opinion: Texas Abortion Law Threatens Other Rights