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Web 2.0: an idiocracy

By RAYMOND JIMENEZ
Student contributor

The press hailed Web 2.0 as a great invention.  Sites like Facebook and YouTube allowed people to connect in new, innovative ways—or so went the tagline. When TIME decided to name the person of the year in 2006, who did they decide upon? “You.” A stream of journalists ensured that we got the message: the Internet was now the bastion of the best thing ever: user-generated content. Users, before taken to be fools, were now substantial participants on the Web! It was the panacea for all problems—the public could now voice its opinion!
There was one little problem: users were, and still are, idiots. (more…)

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By STEVEN SANDER
Assistant opinion editor

Structural violence (such as hunger and poverty) against the Third World remains the most significant, albeit forgotten, global issue. Institutionalized violence against ethnic minorities, the environment and women have resulted from both militarism and the way in which peace is conceived. When scholars of international relations discuss theories that attempt to explain actions between nation-states, they often take no notice of this form of global oppression, which has killed more people than all conventional wars combined. As Chris Cuomo, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, wrote, “Ethical approaches that do not attend to the ways in which warfare and military practices are woven into the very fabric of life in 21st century technological states lead to crisis- based politics and analyses.” As a result, the reconceptualization of peace and war is required to solve a problem as massive as global structural violence.

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Fans have voiced their frustration lately with the faculty’s confusion as to where the line between spirited enthusiasm and abrasive expression lies.

By JORDAN SMITH and BEN SAMUELS
Sports editor and Editor-in-chief

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