Why should we trust our information with people who would give it away freely? That’s the question that many were forced to ask when it was revealed that Facebook sold people’s info to Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm. This data was used to help target people with ads during the presidential election. Facebook willingly gave people´s information away, knowing that they would be betraying their trust. Continue reading Privacy in the Information Age
As most people know, there have been huge games that have come out since summer 2017. There are games that aren’t based on anything like Destiny and Destiny 2, then there are games that are based on real-life moments or movies, like Star Wars Battlefront 2. Out of all of these major games, two smaller games which have been around for years which snuck through the bigger games. Those games are Fortnite and PUBG. Continue reading Fortnite vs. PUBG | Which One is Better?
By Dean D.
On Wednesday, March 14, thousands of students across the nation exited their classroom. Some student marched in their neighborhoods, other schools, like GFS, spent seventeen minutes in silence. A month earlier, a shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a modified AR-15 assault rifle and murdered 17 students and faculty. The goal of the wave of activism that spread across the country was to create tougher background checks with the hope of preventing future tragedies. Continue reading Walkout!
Fame can come with a lot of shady controversies. Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and Al Franken are just a few examples of celebrities who were once beloved by many and were later exposed to having done terrible acts. And the people at Channel Awesome are sadly starting to fall into that category. It’s surprising how a group of people we all thought were just harmless movie critics who so many once looked up to, could be involved with everything that has been going on around the channel. Continue reading Channel (not so) Awesome
Every generation of teenagers endures the same things; the angst, the rebellion, and the relatability of the teen movie. Every few years, a new teen movie fit for the new era of ever so angsty teenagers comes out. This year’s was a little bit different than any of these other teen rom-coms, which certainly wasn’t a bad thing. Instead of the normal boyfriend-girlfriend story, Love, Simon follows the story of not-so-openly-gay Simon Speir, when his story gets pushed into the spotlight. Continue reading Everyone Deserves a Great Love Story – “Love Simon” Movie Review
By Dean D.
For some reason in sixth-grade at GFS, we don’t have access to email. We have had Google accounts since fifth grade, and we don’t have email. Why not? It is possible to communicate electronically by sharing Google Docs, which is against school policy. But why? It’s possible that teachers don’t want us to be exposed to spam attacks, but we have taken ethics classes from second to fifth grades. Continue reading Should Sixth Graders Have Gmail?
There are some days when the only thing that crosses your mind is summer. The teacher is talking about a new subject and you’re tapping your pencil mindlessly. The thought of swimming with your friends, playing baseball outside or reading a book in a hammock is all you can think of. No matter what time of year it is, this feeling comes to every middle student across the United States, but more and more schools are having year-round school.
To “Simpsons” fans, this is the universal cry of the comedic genius Homer Simpson. The white-shirted, blue-jeaned master of gut-busting, stomach hurting, hilariousness. But others, others who aren’t familiar with this show (and some who are) think Homer Simpson is just a repetitive, loud, drunk hippo. This has long been one of the quiet arguments in the “spectacular” business of television. Here is what Middle Schoolers have to say about “The Simpsons”:
In the United States, 4% of men and 7% of women are on a vegetarian and vegan diet. The population in the USA for vegetarians and vegans has increased by a lot. Many people are willing to give up meat, which can be as much as 50% of their diet. But is that good enough? Do we need more than 11% of the population to give up meat in order to care for animals? Continue reading Vegetarians vs Vegans
Have you ever heard of Tyrod Taylor? Probably not. Eight out of the ten people I interviewed did not know who Tyrod is. If you watch football you might have an idea. That scrappy quarterback for the Bills. Or the quarterback who only completed 46% of his passes in a playoff game against Jacksonville. The guy who got outdueled by Blake Bortles, of all people. But I believe that Tyrod is better than you may think, even the greatest player of all time. To do this I will compare him head to head with who many think of as the GOAT, Tom Brady. Continue reading Tyrod Taylor- The Greatest of All Time?
YouTube is a website and an app that is used by millions and millions of people every day. There are 300 hours of video uploaded every minute on the site, and over 5 billion videos are watched by people every day. Famous Youtubers have gained a lot of influence in the last decade. Before 2005, the dream of becoming a famous Youtuber didn’t even exist. So how can someone like me or you possibly become a famous and rich Youtuber?
By Peter Ilyin
It’s math class and the room is boiling hot. All of the students are struggling to pay attention to the droning teacher, all but one. This student is absentmindedly drawing while the teacher is droning. The teacher notices and stalks the student, moves in for the pounce, and crack, he slams the ruler on the doodle page. He shouts about next week being a test and no one paying attention. Continue reading The Art of Doodling
Every February, American television is taken over by the Super Bowl frenzy. Some people get swept up by the game: they criticize the referees, yell at the tv, and go crazy when their team scores a touchdown. I interviewed Middle Schoolers and asked them, “Did you enjoy the game, or not?”
Continue reading The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LI