Tag: Internet

Thoughts on Mental Health on the WWW

An estimated 1.1 billion people are affected by mental or substance use disorders worldwide. A critical aspect of these disorders is that the majority have their onset between the ages of 15-24. These statistics lead us to inquire further about the potential of telemedicine, especially considering this demographic and their high degree of access to digital devices – providing a unique opportunity…

Memes and why I think they work

Memes are a typical feature of the internet. They show that humor becomes very ironical when it’s formed by billions of people at the same time. The most important thing when it comes to memes in my opinion, is that they are most of the time very relatable. The fact that most memes today are about something people recognize makes them very…

The Magical School Bus of the Internet

As a late-nineties baby, I derive this laughable sense of comfort from distinctly remembering a time before the internet was a household necessity. Somehow I am serendipitous about having had the opportunity to construct my basic schema of human relationships and interactions outside of the WWW. My younger brother was born the day after 9/11 – only a month before my 4th…

A human rights issue

I spent a good part of my weekend procrastinating on the Internet trying to come up with something to write for this week’s blog post. I made a draft of some ideas I could develop, researched some topic, and did some reading but no, I couldn’t find a topic that interested me enough. At 8.30 pm tonight, I had almost given up.…

Remembrance

As a child, we’ve all looked up at the night sky, trying to count the stars. But even that tiny piece of sky was so filled with stars that we couldn’t count them. The human mind cannot even begin to comprehend how many stars there are, and how enormous our universe is. This is perhaps not the best metaphor, but to a…

Dice and Daggers

“A sleek, humanoid shape dressed in misty blue robes leaps out at you, daggers drawn. As you pull out your weapons, you hear arrows thud into armor, shield and friend alike. An ambush. – I want you all to roll initiative.” I overhear my boyfriend talking to his friends who are all sitting at the dinner table. You might wonder what this…

Solid: The New Web?

There’s a new kid on the block and it’s not just any kid. A few day ago Sir Tim Berners-Lee, one of the co-founders* and also namegiver of the World Wide Web, wrote an open letter to the internet community, in which he announced a new platform called Solid.** Solid stands for Solid Linked Data and this name indicates that data and…

Oppan Gangnam Style

It’s the summer of 2012. While all the other teens are outside playing at the pool I’m scrolling through the latest news, but not just any news. No, I’m checking to see which K-Pop groups I like are having comebacks and bringing out new songs. One headline catches my eye: “PSY comes back to the K-Pop scene with his newest song: ‘Gangnam…