Author page: LorenzaRose

University in the Dark Ages (2008)

Even though what I am about to say probably applies to people only 7-8 years older than me, I find it mind-blowing that friends, siblings and parents completed university without all the tools that we have today. Only recently am I discovering that my peers in Rome don’t have a library catalogue to help them track down sources for their thesis. But…

Technology and perfume

For many years now, I have had a passion for perfumery. The perfume industry is a strange one because it is up and coming and not many people know more than very basic information about perfumes. It is a nieche world inhabited by rich philanthropists and freaks and artists of various and obscure nature, who all join to study and appreciate the…

When I was a vlogger..

Sophie and I have been friends since we were about 5 years old. Whereas I grew up in Rome, she grew up in a small-town west of London called Bourne End, where part of my family also lives. She was the neighbour of my aunt, but I have always considered her my cousin: we would spend months at a time at each…

Privacy? What privacy?

Edward Snowden was working as an employee of the CIA in 2013 when he rose to fame for releasing some highly classified information to the public, earning the name of “whistle-blower” and quickly having his American passport revoked. Since then, he has been living in Russia, is now married and published a memoir just a month ago. Because of his book, his…

Baby-Hitler and mums on Facebook

Most of us began using social media when we were in our pre-teens. As for Facebook, I remember ruthlessly lying about my age when I first signed up at 11 years old. But at the very least, at the time, I had some sort of awareness of what I wanted/didn’t want appearing on my profile. I chose what to post, I could…

A millennial’s task

One of the most tedious remarks made by the older folks when it comes to millennials is that “we have everything at our fingertips, so we shouldn’t have anything to complain about”. Another one I often hear (sometimes even from millennials themselves, usually conservatives interestingly) is that “we are going through one of history’s most peaceful eras”. Are we though? Does the…

Online activism: duty or privilege?

Unless you live a life free of social media -in which case I am both astounded and jealous- you have probably been bombarded with information about climate strikes, environmentalism and about a young woman who gave an awe-inspiring speech in front of world leaders just last week. Indeed, the Ms. Thunberg’s words have forced young and old all over the globe to…

Explaining YouTuber earnings to my mum

The question of if online creators should get paid for what they do is a controversial one, but one thing is certain: there is an enormous business booming around the world of advertising and sponsorship, which makes the internet a breeding ground for young (sometimes undeserving) millionaires. It is relatively easy to come across displays of immense wealth on social media (specifically,…

Quitting Instagram as an addict

Ever since my first year at university, I have gotten into the habit of deleting my Instagram app from my phone during term time. Nonetheless, like every other toxic relationship, Instagram creeps its way back into my life during the holidays and once every couple of months. And like every toxic relationship, I let it in time and time again. Some have…