Sophia Ling

Sophia Ling (24C) is from Carmel, Indiana, majoring in political science and anthropology. She enjoys swimming, playing guitar and piano and eating chocolate for fun.

‘Homiesexual’ Isn’t the Progressive Trend You Think It Is

We are obsessed with getting likes on social media. We post carefully, making sure that our content and captions will guarantee the most likes. Every major social media platform has a like button, a number that defines your popularity and conditions your rise to potential fame. Now, enter TikTok. The younger generation soaks up TikTok [...]

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Stop COVID Shaming Others. It’s Not Helping.

Social media shaming is the quintessential dehumanization machine: you can ruin someone’s life without ever having met them and evoke consequences you didn’t intend. People worldwide band together to form an angry mob that becomes the judge, the jury and the executioner — all without knowing the full story. This is no new concept. But [...]

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Breathe. All Your Problems Will Go Away. Just Kidding.

Mindfulness is the prevailing self-help fad, designed to promote heightened, peaceful awareness through meditation and breathing exercises. It teaches us to manage stress by rethinking our circumstances. But worldwide, mindfulness has become simplified, despiritualized and Westernized. It is, in San Francisco State University (Calif.) Professor of Management Ronald Purser’s words, the $1.1 billion buzzword of [...]

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We Are All Victims and Perpetrators of Performative Politeness

How many times each day do you say, “How are you?” and how many times do you actually mean it? “How are you?” is the most useless phrase in the English lexicon. Its expected counterpart, “Fine, thanks, and you?” is no better. Ostensibly, it shows that in some way, someone cares about your well-being, but [...]

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Conspiracy Theories Are Polarizing Us

Conspiracy theories have always lurked in the background of U.S. political culture. Anyone with an imagination can come up with one. But our increasingly toxic political climate and the accompanying avalanche of conspiracy theories have exacerbated existing conflicts, leading to further polarization of our society like never before. At the same time, conspiracy theories are [...]

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