“You’re still scrolling through Twitter?!”

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

As society has changed, technology has become more prominent, especially in our daily lives.

New jobs are being always being created: The newly blossomed social media content creator, social media marketer, digital marketing manager. However, technology has begun to catch up with us.

People are becoming more intertwined with social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Twitter has become the mecca of trends and latest fashion trends, while Facebook carries on humorous videos, fake news releases and catfishing. These apps have become a part of our daily lives.

But can we manage to hold our reality together, away from the world that we live in? Is social media becoming really addictive? Can you be addicted to the life of tweeting, snapping, posting and recording?

I asked Kyla Newell, a Hampton University sophomore biology pre-med major from Jackson, Mississippi, her stance on social media and the impact it has on society today.

“I personally think that society has now become obsessive and addictive to social media,” Newell said. “It has now become a part of our lives every second of the day. I think about the Black Mirror episode where how popular you were on social media and your rating determined how successful you were in life, what kind of house you owned and the car you possessed. This could eventually be society in five to 10 years.”

Social media has taken over almost every aspect of communication.

Most conversations are done through an app of social media, and a typical conversation starter is, “Did you see that video on Twitter?”

There are fewer discussions on the latest story in the news but instead more on funny videos of a child cussing to their parents.

I asked Kierra Nelson, a sophomore architecture major and graphic design minor from Arlington, Virginia, if she found social media as a positive or negative aspect in society.

“I find social media amusing and intriguing when I’m bored and I’m just on my phone,” Nelson said. “But I lack a connection with my friends when I want some human interaction and they’re stuck to the screen of their phone refreshing for the next big thing.

“However, I do understand how social media has flourished [in] society and definitely made people more alert and aware of differences. I learn more about what’s happening around the world from just checking Twitter, even though it could be fake news compared to what’d I get informed on from watching Fox 5 news for two hours.”

Social media brings awareness to ignorance but also gives the ignorant a viral stage.

Some balance between social media and reality can prevent the addictive trait social media apps possess.


All This Alvis: Jenner or Gender ?


Justin Alvis | Columnist

On the morning of June 1, 2015 Caitlyn Jenner came out of hiding. 

She, along with her tight abs and abnormally large breasts, graced the cover of Vanity Fair in a full spread about her new life as a woman.

Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is a courageous Olympic Gold Medalist setting a world record not beaten until 1980. Jenner became “an American hero” by winning an event long dominated by Soviet Union athletes during the Cold War.

She was the father of four beautiful kids, and the loving, caring, husband of Kris Jenner. Bruce was the people’s favorite on the E! reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” as the quiet and adorable father who always made time for his children and was supportive of everyone’s dreams and aspirations, including his wife’s. 

However, once Caitlyn announced her transition, her loyal friends became her worst enemy.

People took to their Twitter accounts to display their anger, shock, excitement, support and disappointment. Her Twitter account reached one million followers in just four hours and she was the talk of all of the blogs.

Now, keep in mind, Bruce went on air with Diane Sawyer weeks before to announce his transition; but no one actually thought he was serious.

The social media world became divided. There were the people who could not understand why someone would want to change genders. People called him selfish for starting a new life and seemingly abandoning his family.

Then there are the people who refuse to even acknowledge her transition, insinuating that Caitlyn is just a confused, gay man.

Gender and sexuality are two different things. Caitlyn is a woman who is still attracted to other women, therefore, society labels her a lesbian.

Caitlyn’s transition officially sparked the real conversation on gender issues in America.

Despite the overwhelming support from her family and friends, America decided to spew their hate on her happiness.

Caitlyn’s transition completely erased all of her accomplishments, amazing personality traits, and favorite hobbies. Her existence has been diluted to her gender, when that is such a small part of her existence.

According to the American Psychological Association, In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association added gender identity dysphoria to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). a diagnosis of gender dysphoria ensures that more services for transgender people will be covered by health insurers.

However, Caitlyn does not think she suffers from “gender identity dysphoria.” She knows herself as a beautiful, blonde woman who was trapped in a man’s body for a very, very long time.

Gender and sexuality differ from person to person; everyone identifies differently. There is no one “man”, “woman”, “gay”, or “lesbian”.

Who are you to tell someone they can’t identify as a woman? Who are you to completely disregard someone’s presence because they do not fit into your religious and social beliefs?

The irony is that people develop serious mental illnesses and even resort to suicide because they are denied their presence due to sexual or gender preference.

To diagnose her gender identity as a mental illness is America’s way of labeling something they cannot understand. And that is the real problem.

It is the reason why millions of Americans are afraid to properly identify their gender and or sexuality like they can identify their favorite ice cream flavor. Both of them you are born with, it just takes exploring and time to determine. It is the reason why some major publications have a “LGBTQ” sections and “gay” clubs are a category of nightlife. It is the reason why eventually “gender identity dysphoria” becomes “schizophrenia” or “bipolar” disorder.

Imagine living life as a social experiment and/or topic all of your life for something that is biologically a part of your existence.

Your job is to love, support, and understand.

So the next time you meet someone that is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer, understand that is not their existence and they probably do not want to talk about it.