It’s not just about the Chinese Communist Party — it’s about control over America’s youth.

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Read the follow-up article here: https://medium.com/bigger-picture/tiktok-was-never-anything-anyone-expected-d19e77aa3234

Generation Z is a generation centered around technology and diversity. As a proud member myself, born in 2000, we have come into our own as the much more liberal and progressive version of millennials. Yet, at the same time, we are so incredibly set apart from our older counterparts.

The realities of a post-9/11 world have always been a part of our lives and the threat of complete and utter destruction of the climate has loomed above us. …


If you thought Generation Z would rush to take the vaccination, you’d be dead wrong. I was. So what is scaring them?

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*Disclaimer: It’s all about the money, money, money.*

Pfizer, Moderna, the FDA, NIH, Dr. Anthony Fauci — all are words we seem to hear on a daily basis. Yet, one word has been on everyone’s mind since the Coronavirus outbreak evolved into a global pandemic: vaccine.

We hoped, we prayed, and we thought day in day out about when we would get a legitimate vaccination approved by the FDA, but when that day came, the degree of hesitance was more than one might expect. Naturally, after being forced to obey a deluge of restrictions over the past few months, even…


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A chronicle of being at the school with one of the worst COVID-19 responses in America

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Jesse Hall, the University of Missouri’s main administrative center. | Photo by Author

Humidity is an omnipresent force in Columbia, Missouri. The warm August air feels as if you are swimming rather than walking. That was my state of being on August 17, the day I moved back into an on-campus residence hall after several months of quarantine.

Walking around the University of Missouri’s main campus, I saw that most (if not all) students were wearing masks — a requirement by the city, which had been followed consistently by Columbians and now, it seemed, by incoming students and faculty. With that, I felt optimistic about the semester. Perhaps I would not have the…


The lessons you learn when you see the aftermath of true evil

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Trigger warning: This article contains detailed descriptions of a concentration camp.

Kraków is a city that leaves you speechless. It is unique for Poland, in that it was one of the only major cities which was not obliterated by air-raids during the Second World War. The well-preserved architecture makes it different from other European metropolises in that the city center has virtually zero glass or modern art but rather medieval marketplaces and ancient fortifications. The old and the absolutely ancient coexist in a perfect mixture that is, uniquely Kraków.

Heading south over the Vistula River, you enter a different world…


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From the perspective of a user, what sort of culture has it really created?

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So, it’s safe to say that TikTok has been a cause for debate among Americans in the last few weeks. Generations clash as do political perspectives, with Trump signing an Executive Order and TikTok firing back with a lawsuit. Whatever your opinions on the ban, the basis behind it, or the app itself the cultural impact TikTok has had on today’s youth is obvious.

I first heard about TikTok on YouTube in the fall of 2018, where I saw TikTok cringe compilations left and right. When I viewed the arguably cheesy stuff being produced on the app, I promised myself…


How to Tell the Difference Between News and an Opinion

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Medium is an amazing platform. The level of possibilities for writers of all backgrounds is infinite and the variety of contributors is unlike any other publication on or off the internet. You have Barack Obama and Joseph Gordon-Levitt next to up-and-coming freelancers and that is something you do not see on say The New York Times or The Washington Post. At the same time, however, because the platform is so accessible people are able to publish their own opinions and responses much quicker than at traditional media outlets.

So, when you see an article that you feel is not accurate…


How 9/11 gave Generation Z a different perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic and the responsibility they have for the next generation

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One World Trade Center under the final stages of construction in Lower Manhattan, 2014 (Photo by Author)

2000 The dawn of the millennium, the beginning of a new century and arguably the last year of what can be considered 90s-style normalcy. It also happens to be the year I was born. It was a segment of my generation that briefly experienced the last breaths of fresh air; until the asbestos-filled cloud from the collapsing World Trade Center rapidly rushed through the streets of Lower Manhattan, obscuring the blue sky and coating everything in a dismal grey. Engulfing an entire neighborhood.

Meanwhile, I was napping in a crib at my grandparent’s home in Upstate New York. Completely unable…


What these creepy crawlies can teach us about the human condition and what you can do to be mindful during the quarantine

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Spiders, the eight-legged arachnids come in all shapes and sizes and are feared by a large portion of the population. Their otherworldly-ness is unnerving and their possibility to inflict harm, despite their size in comparison to humans, lingers in the back of everyone’s mind when they just so happen to find these unwelcomed house guests. What is normally not thought about, however, is that these creatures can teach us a lot about our own existence.

Sticking with the spider analogy, the human mind is linked to the body via the central nervous system in a massive web of nerves and…

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