On your mark, get set, run!

“Are you TOUGH enough?” This is the slogan of one of America’s newest obstacle course/race challenges, Tough Mudder.  Made up of crazy obstacles (including a lake full of wet, sticky mud, a monkey bar-like ropes course, and running up a slippery ramp to get pulled over by teammates), Tough Mudder is designed to test your physical strength, stamina, and overall spirit.  It’s also designed to kick your out-of-shape American butt. Tough …

Shameless Selfies

(written October 2013 for my interdisciplinary Intro to Social Media class, Fall 2013) Okay, maybe you’re not picture-perfect, angle-worthy Kendall or Kylie Jenner. But if you have a smartphone, or at least a phone with a decent-quality camera, surely you have been guilty of this. Behold, the newest fad of our tech-obsessed generation: the selfie.  SELFIE (n): self | ie a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with …

Hippie Revolution: The Flower Crown

You’ve seen them at music festivals (Coachella-style), on little girls’ hair at parties, at concerts, even on Harry Styles apparently. As made famous by Lana del Rey, the flower crown is all the rage in wannabe-hipster fashion. Either do-it-yourself with a wire headband, scissors and some fake florals from Michael’s Arts & Crafts; or buy the pre-made version at Claire’s or Urban Outfitters. Whether you prefer a simple, peace-y style or the showy, huge petals like Lana del Rey (whose …

The #Hashtag

(written Sep 2013 for my interdisciplinary Intro to Social Media course, Fall 2013)  Ah, yes. The infamous #hashtag. Once known as a number symbol or the “pound key” (because who actually uses that button anyway), the hashtag has paved the way for a new digital frontier. Supposedly used for grouping similar interests/ideas/topics and an attempt at “organizing” the Internet (psh, yeah right), the hashtag has been used endlessly for things …