All posts by Owen Daveiga

I write mostly write about politics, movies and video games.

Is America Too Tech-Obsessed?

America is home to some of the biggest consumers on the planet, so it makes sense that we would be obsessed with the latest technology.  The average American adult spends ten hours a day staring at a screen. The average teenager spends nine hours a day on a device. Computers are powerful, useful machines, so it kind of makes sense that we would use them that much.  It’s possible to do so much with these devices, so why don’t we use them for more?

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Privacy in the Information Age

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

What is Trump’s Appeal?

Why did Donald Trump win the 2016 US election?  He hardly looks qualified for it with no history in politics and how he suddenly changed from voting Republican to Democratic multiple times (He was Republican from ‘87 to ‘99, ‘09 to ‘11 and from ‘12 to present, Democratic until 1987 and again during 2001 to 2009, he was independent from 1999 to 2001 and 2011-2012.)  However, since the election is really based on what the people say, the question isn’t why did he win, it is who made him win. Continue reading What is Trump’s Appeal?

Nintendo Switch Review

I was standing outside a Target on Monument Blvd. at 7:30 in the morning when it was 14° outside in the hopes that somehow I would be able to get a Switch, which was released on March 3, 2017, and 1 of the 4 games released with it.  My hard work was rewarded with a surprisingly light, small, red box and one of about 20 copies of the latest Legend of Zelda game: Breath of the Wild. As soon as I got back from the store, I plugged in and set up the tablet with two controllers hooked into the side.  Once I was done setting it up, I began to started up the $59.99 game I bought with it and began to play. Continue reading Nintendo Switch Review

Dances in the Middle School

The middle school dances always seem to be a source of stress in the time surrounding them. This is usually due to the gossip that follows, however, the dances can also be really fun. This depends on what you choose to do during the dance.  This can entail asking someone to the dance, sitting downstairs and watching the movie (this time around it was the Bee Movie), talking to your friends (from experience I can tell that this is mostly shouting, unless you are outside), or just dancing and hanging out. Continue reading Dances in the Middle School

Grab Your Wallet

A recent campaign to get people to boycott companies selling Trump products seems to have had more success than many other movements. Due to the fact that the president has refused to officially divest from his companies and has left them in the control of his adult children, many argue that he continues to control these companies indirectly. “Grab Your Wallet” is a campaign which asks for people to boycott Trump owned companies and retailers selling Trump products such as Amazon and Zappos.  Thus far they have gotten Uber’s CEO to leave the president’s economic board and the following stores to stop selling or profit off of Trump products: Shoes.com, Bellacor, Wayfair, Zulily, Ruelala, Kawasaki USA, Uber, Neiman Marcus, The Honest Company, Tyra Beauty, Jet, Carnival Corporation, Nordstrom, Gilt, Kmart, Sears,  Shopstyle, Lorissa’s Kitchen, LA Clippers and QVC.  

The movement was started by two women named Sue Atencio and Shannon Coulter. They hadn’t been previously involved in anything political, but decided that something needed to be done about the President’s control over his companies. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s spokeswoman endorsed Ivanka Trump’s shoe line on Fox News, violating federal ethics laws.  

While this has been successful, Trump supporters have been boycotting companies that have stopped selling Trump items due to the ban.  This has been met with almost no reaction by everyone in the movement.