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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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The Poly community has always valued charity and the positive impact that it can have on our community.  Personally, the concept of tzedakah, particularly as laid out by the Medieval philosopher Maimonides, and its applicability in the world have been among my core moral tenets.  In all societies worldwide, philanthropy on an individual and organizational level is critical to public well-being.  There are very few instances in which the practice of giving can have negative effects.  Still, I am disappointed with the majority of the Poly community’s general attitude towards this subject. (more…)

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By KEVIN JIANG
Assistant opinion editor

David Gregory was announced on December 7 as the new moderator for vaunted television program “Meet the Press,” one of the most influential and respected political TV shows in the past decade.  Yet, strangely enough, an event of such magnitude to the political realm failed to make an impact at all on the generation that will be responsible for American democracy for decades to come: up and coming voters. (more…)

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Thank you, Ms. Marion

By STEPHEN WU
Opinion editor

I am so utterly relieved and grateful that Ms. Marion took the time out to pen a response to the latest column regarding Proposition 8.  This is a divisive issue, no doubt, and one that tests the fabric of society and the basic nature of human relationships. (more…)

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By LAURA MARION
Faculty contributor

I met my wife in 1993. (more…)

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By MADISON SCHECKEL
Student contributor

It’s been a popular topic of conversation since 7th grade: the Poly bubble.  “We live in a bubble, the Poly Bubble!  We’re so sheltered!  I want Starbucks!”  But we’ve never actually taken the time to consider what this bubble is.  Is it a barrier between Poly students and the “real world?”  Is it a tight-knit community that doesn’t allow us to interact with others?  Is it a barricade around our school?

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