Essays & Reviews On Technology
by Zach Freer
The older I grow, the more I become aware of culture – culture which infiltrates life to the point of being almost invisible until something appears ‘out of place’. You see, I have grown up in a small sized, common-thinking, mid-west American town. So, the more I learn about and appreciate others’ cultures, the more I can also understand and appreciate my own. My life is no longer the status quo but one of the many facets in a global society. What I find interesting is this; I am not sure whether this cultural awareness should be attributed more towards my maturing over the past few years or towards the maturing of our technology, especially over the past two decades.
by Kate DeAngelis
I sit down at my computer and I type “onu” into my Google search bar. The top four results are different aspects of Ohio Northern University: the home page, the law page, athletics, and admissions. The next three are links to the United Nations, and how to get a job at the UN. Next, is Wikipedia followed by Olivet Nazarene University, then back to more UN links.
by Stelios Theophanus
Virgin Mobile is an excellent cell phone service for those of you who don’t like getting locked into two-year contracts, or are on your own cell phone plan. An important thing to remember is that you’re spending only twenty-five dollars a month, much cheaper than Verizon’s unlimited smartphone data package, which doesn’t include the costs for minutes and texting.
by Merrill Miller
Fifteen seconds later… Remember the good old days when there were no commercials on the internet? Granted, those were also the days of dial-up, when loading a single image could take at least half-an-hour, so no one was willing to wait for the images of a dozen or so ads to load. However, faster internet access seems to have brought advertisers swarming to the internet...
by Rachel Smith
My printer and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate my printer, and it loves to annoy me.
by Katie DeAngelis
The phenomenon of sexting is one of the more recent teenage conspiracies that has the media and active parental bloggers raging through the internet. Unfortunately, it really isn’t a phenomenon at all. It’s simply the result of a combination of dumb teenagers, unchecked hormones, and technology.
by Rachael Prokop
Regarding the now-infamous “MySpace Suicide” case, Lori Drew committed a despicable act when she created a fake MySpace account to bully a thirteen-year-old girl, and there should be some consequences for driving the child to suicide. Unfortunately, despite the fact that Drew was obviously in the wrong, the courts had difficulty figuring out what law she could have broken. In the end she was charged with three misdemeanors of accessing computers without authorization, because she had broken MySpace’s Terms of Service in creating a fake account. However, the decision to charge her for violating MySpace’s Terms of Service has frightening consequences. Terms of Service abuses are rampant on the Internet, and are often unintentional. Turning them into a crime creates a huge potential for abuse of the legal system, as it could be inundated with people bringing their petty Internet squabbles into the courtroom.