Instagram’s ‘unattainable beauty standards’ torment students

In a society where the internet is a large part of daily life, as well as a popular vessel for media consumption, it is important to be wary of how exactly the internet is affecting those who use it. Frances Haugen recently shed a light on the discrepancies between Facebook’s public statements versus how they actually conduct business behind closed doors. Critics are bashing Facebook for choosing profits over morality and overlooking damaging content because it could mean less user interaction, and consequently less income, …

Catch a vibe at the virtual Club Quarantine

Miss the DJ playing the perfect sets at the club that everyone just loves? Grab your drinks and join DJ D-Nice’s Instagram live stories. Vibe with D-Nice and the rest of the audience on the livestream during his Club Quarantine. DJ, producer and rapper DJ D-Nice started using his Instagram platform to perform live sets and started “Club Quarantine” ever since the stay-at-home order was put into effect. Now the club is in the comfort of everyone’s homes. Live from his apartment in Downtown Los …

Let virtual concerts save you from quarantine boredom

As we practice social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak, people are finding themselves stuck inside. Restaurants, bars, movie theatres, theme parks and many other public gatherings are being shut down. Concerts and festivals weren’t safe from cancellations either, but musicians haven’t been halted by the outbreak. Artists such as John Legend, John Mayer, Chris Martin and Pink have begun hosting Instagram Live concerts to stay connected with fans and provide them some relief from being stuck indoors. “I’ve never done this on my phone before… …

Instagram’s new update is more problematic than beneficial

On Nov. 14, Instagram began its month-long trial about removing likes from public viewership on a test group of Instagram users in the US. This recent announcement has resulted in extremely mixed reactions; from proponents who happily welcome the prospective change to opponents who are less than enthused about another update that no one asked for, quite a lot of buzz has been generated regarding Instagram’s latest move. While this may be a step in the right direction to make Instagram a safe space, there …

Cafe De Leche: Instagram-worthy coffee isn’t worth the price

Do people really care about the taste of coffee at their local hipster coffee shop, or do they want instagrammable aesthetics? Well, Café de Leche located in Altadena is definitely only worthy for your instagram posts. Entering the coffee shop the overpowering smell of their jalapeño cheese bagel consumed my nose, and I’m not quite sure how I liked that. I resumed to observe the small space, appreciating the tranquil blue walls and lounge area; you’ll feel as if you’ve walked into a friend’s living …

OP-ED: A plastic society prompted by social networking and celebrity status

As a society are we becoming so self-obsessed with beauty and physical perfection that all concerns for mental and physical health are going out in bags of liposuctioned fat? Or is this just another trendy fad that will phase-out over time as the boredom over the plastic looking visages gained through massive amounts of costly—and often dangerous—surgeries which remove all the unique characteristics from the human face?