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SHOWCASES BFA Jerry Peitzman and alumnae Molly Proffitt and Leah Knighton
YOU CAN’T RUSH ART Slow and steady just might win the race
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN WITHOUT SLEEP Staying up all night tends to be quite the challenge
WHO WANTS TO BE AN ARTIST? Dare to dream about a creative career
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STOP + STARE The fashion spread that’ll make your heart stop
WHAT 90S SLANG WORD ARE YOU? Millenials its your time to shine!
WHAT ARE YOU LIKE FIVE? Examining the jealousy of seeing a toddler with an iPhone 7
ACTIVISM 2.0 Are hashtags enough to fight the good fight?
COMICS CORNER No one knows what the future holds
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
assistant photo editor
arts and entertainment editor
I’M S O GL A D THIS
IS OVER interview by KIKI JOHNSON photographs by LAKIA DAVIS
RAWAN ALTHOMALI photo editor
TONESA JONES opinions editor
“I’m really glad that the cold weather is over and I’m really glad shoulder pads aren’t a thing anymore, so glad about that. I’m not thrilled with the whole ‘nineties look’ thing.” BROOKE GARNETT, FASHION MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT
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expressions just staring at the camera. EVERYONE was doing it and it was creepy and it was weird and then it just stopped. I’m so glad it’s over, I’m glad we can take smiling pictures of babies now.” HANNAH PASEDAG, PHOTOGRAPHY
“I guess the main thing I’m glad is over with is my high school and middle school experiences ... I’m really glad that now I finally get to pursue my art
The majority of my life has been spent living like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I’m constantly late. While rushing from date to important date, it
career in something that I love versus thinking I’m going to be an engineer or something and having to do
becomes apparent that deadlines ironically help shape life. It’s such a strange
math and history.”
relationship — time can change me but I can’t change time. I’m not even sure if
ALIYAH AVERETTE, GRAPHIC DESIGN
time exists with the way that tracking it is almost impossible. Did you know that it can fly? Just like that early bird that gets the worm. This issue of SCAN examines the aspect of time and the change that it brings. Let’s go on a journey through time with nostalgic blasts from the past and fancy flashes of the future. I know that even though I’m in a constant hurry, I’ll never
“I’m over the personas on social media…people portray themselves on social media in a way that doesn’t actually represent them.” KAITLYN FLORY, FASHION MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT
forget to smell the roses. Just like Future said, “What a time to be alive!” MATTHEW CORNWALL editor-in-chief
BFA, Graphic Design written by MATTHEW CORNWALL photographs courtesy of JERRY PEITZMAN
erry Peitzman is a graphic design student at SCAD Atlanta who had the amazing opportunity to join IBM as a software design intern this summer in Austin, Texas. IBM and SCAD have a partnership where representatives can come recruit straight from the school. Peitzman said, “Devin O’Bryan, IBM’s design internship lead, visited SCAD Atlanta to tell the students a little bit about what was going on at IBM Design. He also spoke specifically about their internship program called Maelstrom. I applied for the internship in spring quarter 2016 and started in June 2016.”
Peitzman recalls his internship experience fondly. While there, he was part of a collaborative environment that helped expand his design knowledge. “Being a part of IBM Design was one of the most eye opening and challenging experience of my life. I spent nine weeks in Austin, Texas with 14 other interns designing software and trying not to melt,” he recalled. Peitzman commented on his opportunity to work alongside the other design interns. “As a student, I rarely have to work on projects with other people but at IBM I worked side-by-side with an interdisciplinary team made up of visual designers,
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UX designers, developers, and design researchers. The
it was and immediately decided that SCAD was where I
spend three to five years as a designer in Atlanta and later
internship gave me a new look on digital design and
needed to be. I originally applied and was rejected but
return to school to receive a Graduate degree in graphic
allowed me to experience a unique and exciting design
that only made want to attend SCAD even more. I was
design. I would love to eventually come back to SCAD
culture,” he said.
accepted two years later and was incredibly excited,” he explained.
Luckily for him, this wasn’t his first time getting to work
“PUT YOUR WORK IN FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE CHALLENGED.”
Atlanta and teach in the graphic design department. I’ve been so encouraged by the professors here and would love to be able to
with other designers. SCAD’s Collaborative Learning
Graphic design called to him
Center (CLC) gives students the chance to work with
through its ability to have meaning
real-world companies on actual projects. Peitzman
and spark change. He said, “I chose to study graphic
how.” He’s not sure of exactly where in Atlanta he wants
was able to experience this program before his time at
design because I’ve always seen it as something that is
to work, but he’s certain that he wants to eventually buy a
IBM. “I participated in a CLC class led by Lisa Babb
very powerful. It has the ability to positively affect lives
house with his wife and dog.
and Patrick Fulbright in which we created a luxury
everyday and I found that challenge very intriguing.”
marketing campaign for Berkshire Hathaway Home
SCAD was able to help push him to become a better
Peitzman’s advice to current students is to be vulnerable.
Services Georgia. This was my first experience of working
designer through rigorous coursework combined with a
He explained, “Put your work in front of people and allow
with a large client with a tight deadline. I was also very
talented support system. He recalled, “It’s been the most
yourself to be challenged. Vulnerability is something that
challenged because it was my first experience of working
challenging thing that I’ve ever done but all the sleepless
has allowed me to be pushed forward by my professors
with other students,” he said.
weekends have been worth it. I’ve had the opportunity to
and fellow students to become a better designer, thinker,
Peitzman’s discovery of art began in the middle of his formatory years. “I’ve always been interested in art,” he
“I CHOSE TO STDY GRAPHIC DESIGN BECAUSE I’VE ALWAYS SEEN IT AS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY POWERFUL.”
said. “As a child, before I could express myself verbally, I shared my thoughts and
listen to and work with some of the world’s
give back to the program some
and problem solver.”
best designers and have made friends that challenge me and support me everyday.” He’s also had the privilige of attending an exclusive workshop with renowned designer Stefan Sagmeister who visited
SCAD Atlanta last spring quarter.
feelings visually through drawings or other crafts.” As an local citizen of Atlanta, he eventually became curious
As Peitzman finshes up his time here at SCAD, his plans
about the school. “I did some research to find out what
for the future seem pleasantly simple. He said, “I hope to
MOLLY PROFFITT and LEAH KNIGHTON 2012 alumnae in Interactive Design and Game Development and Animation written by MATTHEW CORNWALL photographs courtesy of KER-CHUNK GAMES
M MOLLY PROFFIT
olly Proffitt, CEO of Ker-Chunk Games, and Leah Knighton, Narrative Designer and Animator of Ker-Chunk Games, are making a huge difference one Intellectual Property (IP) at a time. Both SCAD alumnae work for at this video game company where the mission is to empower women as players. Proffitt found an early interest in technology when she started building websites at the age of twelve. Online communities of the early 90s and 2000s helped her find the Photoshop tools and tutorials needed to create them. She also had hobbies of filmmaking and playing video games. Proffit said “Digital games ended up being the best way to mesh all of those hobbies, but it did not become clear to me that I could make games until much later.” While she was focusing on film out west, she transfered
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over to SCAD with the release of the iPhone. “I think it was obvious to a lot of people that this was a hardware
evolution, and I wanted to be a part of that,” she
arduous proces of creating their own company, “Starting
Proffitt’s advice to students is to not give up when being
explained. “There was a fresh potential to tell stories
our own company was definitely a struggle. We faced a lot
told “No.” According to her, they took every no as an
beyond a linear medium and put those moments into
of adversity at times but our dedication and devotion for
opportunity to think outside the box and find a way to
what we were creating always won.”
make their goals happen. Knighton has similar advice,
Proffitt found herself working in the industry before her graduation. Proffitt said, “After releasing a few games with a UK-based studio, I
“WE FACED A LOT OF ADVERSITY AT TIMES BUT OUR DEDICATION AND DEVOTION FOR WHAT WE WERE CREATING ALWAYS WON.”
saying “Keep creating what you love despite the struggles Ker-Chunk Games is currently
that you face.” This type of adversity has definitely helped
working on their first IP called
contribute to Ker-Chunk’s success. “Things will get hard
PrinceNapped. Currently prepping
but never lose sight of what you love doing. Be confident
for an iOS submission and mobile
in yourself and your abilities and listen to the feedback
soft launch, PrinceNapped is a
you receive from your teachers and your peers. Turn any
worked locally for Thrust Interactive on both games for
free-to-play puzzle-based game about a kidnapped
criticism into a learning experience because that is the
major brands and partnerships as a game designer and
prince. Knighton explained, “As the player it is your job
only way you will improve and grow as an artist.”
producer.” They’re still a client of hers to this day as she
to rescue this prince by unblocking his path and getting
owns Ker-Chunk with Knighton.
him to the exit portal with the help of a bounty huntress.”
Knighton started making art early, creating little comic
“BE CONFIDENT IN YOURSELF AND YOUR ABILITIES AND LISTEN TO THE FEEDBACK YOU RECEIVE FROM YOUR TEACHERS AND YOUR PEERS.”
As they work on PrinceNapped and other projects, Ker-Chunk games will focus on making a difference in the gaming experience. In
strips with her father. As she began to study animation
PrinceNapped is currently in a soft
at SCAD, she found the intimidating challenge quite
launch phase. The creation of one’s
enjoyable. “When I settled into my major classes it felt
first game takes time but according
like a second home. The teachers were incredible and my
to Proffitt, a solid advisory board
peers were passionate people. We would collaborate on
and surrounding themselves with
projects and help each other achieve our goals,” she said.
people who believe in the mission statement made all the
comparison. Building and keeping a business with a
difference. “Even though our co-founders, advisory board,
happy team - That’s the hard part!”
After graduation, Knighton worked on a series of movies
and even our independent contractors and partners,
for children. She freelanced on films to animated product
had released multiple IPs under their belt with major
design showcases. A few years later, she was contacted
brands, people did not want to invest in a women-led
by former SCAD peers to follow their passion and start
game development start-up so we self-funded by penny
up a video game studio. Knighton commented on the
pinching and continuing to take client work,” she says.
addition they’ll be focusing on the maintenince and possible expansion of their team. Proffittt said, “Building games is easy by
YOU CA NT RUSH ART written by KATIE MILLER illustrated by WHITNEY CHILDERS
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Being students of art, we understand that the creative
creative mental vault and leave us grasping for a good
process is moody, messy and unpredictable. It is an
idea to run with because well, we can’t show up to class
organic and free flowing experience that often has a mind
empty handed. Our only option at this point is to make
of its own. Creative plans can fall apart without warning
the most of the idea we have and put everything we’ve
and great ideas don’t always come when summoned.
got into it.
Sometimes, in the case of the art student working under strict time limits, inspiration comes too late. It’s the classic case of
CREATING ART FOLLOWS THE SAME ORGANIC PROCESS AS NATURE. NATURE TAKES ITS TIME AND ISN’T ON ANYONE’S SCHEDULE.
turning in what we see as a
We are always in such a time crunch. Creativity suddenly turns into the business of meeting deadlines and getting good grades. We gain skills to produce high-quality portfolios but we
less-than-stellar project because we thought of something
don’t have the luxury to mull over our ideas or change
far more interesting long after it’s been graded. It can
our minds because we have “x” amount of days to
feel like all the creative ideas we’ve wanted to explore
execute them. So instead we may settle for small ideas
finally have their chance, but somehow they all manage
or the first one that pops in our head because they are
to escape us when they’re needed. Or rather we realize
the most practical given a certain time frame we have
they’re much bigger than we anticipated, requiring much
to actually create something. Talk about pressure. This
more time to execute that would surpass the due date.
pressure is unnatural and completely goes against the
The pressure to produce something can freeze our
artist’s process as it should be.
Due dates and art do not mix well. You can’t rush art because creation itself takes its own sweet time. When
producing portfolio-worthy pieces. It’s the affirmation of
and gets us doing, whether we feel ready or not, which
a job well done and that yes, we can do it.
is both terrifying and necessary. And sure, there may be projects we want to revisit when we have more time,
we try to force that process, we are likely to end up with an unsatisfactory result in the eyes of both our professor
The rush to make art can be an incredible high resulting
but that’s part of it. Like nature, art is a never-ending
and our self. In cases like this, what we present doesn’t
in intense and chaotic expression and little thinking.
process. We could look at it as a blessing in disguise.
even come close to representing our full potential as
Having too much time on our hands to think and
Art school doesn’t kill creativity; it over prepares us so
an artist, which can cause discouragement and the
plan our work can be detrimental. Overthinking our
we get the most out of the experience. It gives us more
desire to redo the assignment when we have more
process can also result in fully developed ideas and
to think about and more to do once we leave. We’re not
the production of a whole lot of
time. Creating art follows the same organic process as nature. Nature takes its time and isn’t on anyone’s schedule. Too bad we can’t do the same.
LIKE NATURE, ART IS A NEVER-EDNDING PROCESS. WE COULD LOOK AT IT AS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
But what if that’s the whole point?
rushing art, we’re finding out what we’re made of.
nothing. The ideas that came too late were never meant to be used. Being art students forces us to just go for it and shoot for the unexpected and the unplanned.
Perhaps we’re being pushed to our creative limits for
We have embarked on this roller coaster of tired blurry
a greater purpose. To challenge ourselves and to trust
eyes, over priced paint and piles of sketchbooks
our intuition and first instincts under pressure. There’s
with the belief that we can all make it as artists. The
something positive to be said about the nail biting,
pressure we experience exists to stir up our creativity
hair pulling and frantic sketching that goes along with
and to make it come alive. It stops us from overthinking
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN
WITHOUT SLEEP written by JARROD FOUTS photographed by MARIO FERNANDO model: LAUREN HUDON
honestly laughed the first time someone told me the joke that SCAD stands for Sleep Comes After Death. It’s not all that funny anymore. Sleep is an integral part of being human and is essential in the maintenance of our bodies and minds. Put simply, we need sleep. Staying up all night or multiple nights in a row is a recurrent aspect of being a sad, sad SCAD student that only serves the mistaken purpose of making good grades. But what actually happens to our mind and body when we miss out on the correct amount of sleep?
I’ve always had a complicated relationship with sleep ever since I was a kid. Back then I didn’t get too much sleep because I would stare at the shadows in my room, thinking something was hiding in them. As a teenager, I stared at the rising and falling green goo globs in my lava lamp while I obsessed over the future. Today I stare at a computer screen for hours and obsess over my grade. I’m tired. I know all the risks associated with sleeplessness: stress, paranoia, depression, impulsive behavior, even death. I also know what is most important to me: my grades, not my health. I remember my sophomore year when I dozed off for a moment on the road and woke up just as I was about to veer in front of a semi truck. I remember the times I came close to falling asleep again on the road. Being deprived of sleep is horrible. I know others have probably had experiences relateable to one I had not to long ago:
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8:45 p.m. I spent an hour in traffic thinking about all the stuff I had
I tried re-reading the notes and focusing on each point,
to do while the blinking taillights lit up in front of me. I’m
reading them slower, but it isn’t working. The words are
home. I’m already exhausted. I think this is because I didn’t
morphing into gibberish.
get a whole lot of sleep the previous night. The project is due tomorrow. What I should do is set my alarm for 6 a.m. and
get at least five hours of sleep before my first class, but I’m
I’m starting to freak out now. I can’t focus, I feel like garbage
not going to let myself do that because I’ll fall back asleep
and I’ve made minimal progress. My mind won’t stop blasting
and then wind up in a frantic rush to finish before class time.
me with the scene from “The Conjuring” where the gnarled hands come out of the bureau and clap. I’ve got goosebumps
now as I’m starting to imagine this happening with my
I’m fighting a lot of distractions. I have to ask the Google
bedroom door and I turn to look at it every few seconds.
gods and Lynda question after question about Adobe Premiere every few seconds because my experience is limited
and I didn’t take the best of notes in class. While on the
I’ve woken up from a brief nightmare that involved my door
internet, I’m tempted to just scroll through my news feed,
opening and slamming shut on its own. I closed my laptop,
maybe look at pictures of puppies or do something equally
left my room, hurried down the hallway, feeling like I was
mindless. The more my body starts to crave sleep, my ability
being followed. I’m going to try and go to bed when I shake
to stay focused and work efficiently decreases. The desire to
this spooked feeling. If not, I’ll just wait for the sun to come
Google pictures of various carnivorous plants and try to carry
up at six. No further progress made on my project.
on an intelligent conversation with Cleverbot increases. 6:15 a.m. 10:45 p.m.
The sun has started rising, so I went back to retrieve
Adobe After Effects won’t open for some reason. I have a
my laptop. On the way back I stopped and looked in the
headache, so while I’m trying to come up with possible
bathroom mirror. My eyes were bloodshot. I looked down at
solutions to work around this and finish my project,
my hands. They were shaky. The light cast an eerie glow on
nothing is sticking.
everything around me. I opened my bedroom door, expecting to see some evil face with a twisted smile, but instead was
greeted with the remnants of the night: pencils and pens
My head is pounding. My eyes are droopy. If I lay back for
strewn across the desk along with different books, a water
just a second I would be asleep in no time. I look over my
bottle, my laptop and my notebook still open. The writing in
shoulder at my bed: messy, yet undeniably comfortable. I
my notebook transformed into an unknown language around
have this little voice in my head that’s telling me to lay down.
4 a.m., some of the letters trailing off and turning into just
Just 20 minutes. Bargaining is a stage of grief.
scribbles. I still need to go to bed. If I sit down to finish my work, I may just laugh hysterically out of sleep deprivation.
12:45 a.m. I’ve scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed and there’s a
Enough is enough. I’ll set an alarm for a few hours from now.
tab open with a meme of a raccoon on it. I’ve lost focus but
don’t remember how. I’ve decided to take an hour break. I’ll
I woke up at 8 a.m. and finished my project at 9 a.m.
get some water, snacks and read to give my mind a break. I
I’m running on roughly two hours of sleep and a lot of
want to sit down somewhere a little more comfortable than
adrenalin. The project itself isn’t what I would call perfect,
my computer chair but if I do I’ll fall asleep. I wake up from
but since when have I ever looked at my work with anything
a few minute outage with my head in my hands, there’s a
but derision? Jokes aside, there are some things that are
little bubble of drool on my keyboard. Going to get a tissue to
definitely missing from this and my mind is shot to pieces so
clean this up. Lost this battle, but the war effort continues.
finding some way to circumvent this is not happening. So not only is sleep deprivation destroying my health and wellbeing,
it may just kill my grade too. Tonight, I may try and get some
As I attempt to read over some project notes on my break, I
sleep even though it’s finals week. Maybe.
find myself reading the same sentence over and over again.
WHO WANTS TO BE AN ARTIST?
written by TONESA JONES | illustrated by TORI HURLBURT
f you go into an elementary school classroom, I can guarantee you that somewhere on a wall are cardboard cut-outs of professionals meant to inspire children to dream about the career their adult self will have. There will be a firefighter, a police officer, an astronaut, a businessman and a teacher. But you will not see a cardboard cut-out representing an artist.
In 2015, Forbes reported that Fatherly.com surveyed children and discovered that 41 percent of girls aspired to be in a STEM related field while the top professional aspiration for boys was professional athlete. None of the top categories included a creative field. Simon Isaacs,
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founder of Fatherly.com, posited that more girls would
10 lists for degrees that are a waste of money. Not only
aspire to be a pro athlete if they saw more women
is art invisible and underfunded, but the study and
athletes. The same can be said for creative fields, and
pursuit of art as a career is shunned. No wonder young
in spite of the jokes about going to art school, becoming
children would rather dream of being a baseball
a writer, photographer or graphic designer is much more practical and lucrative in the long run than becoming a basketball player.
NOT ONLY IS ART INVISIBLE AND UNDERFUNDED, BUT THE STUDY AND PURSUIT OF ART AS A CAREER IS SHUNNED.
Based on the funding available
player or an astronaut. In 2015, Old Navy introduced shirts for children that illustrated this anti-art sentiment. The shirt read “young aspiring artist,” but
for the arts, congress doesn’t seem to agree. From
the word artist was crossed out and in its place were the
2009 to 2013, Georgia’s congress reduced funding
words astronaut or president. Ignoring the fact that the
for the state’s art community from $3 million to
likelihood of becoming president is one in 10,000,000,
roughly $586,466. Nothing makes art less visible than
Old Navy sent a clear opinion that creative professions
underfunding it. This congressional financial shaft is
were not worthy of a child’s aspiration.
not the only problem the art community faces. The arts have all but disappeared from primary education and
Old Navy’s gaffe did not go unnoticed. Parents
arts and humanities majors are always featured on top
immediately took to social media and criticized the
PURSUING A DEGREE IN FINE ARTS IS USUALLY MET WITH THE INSULT THAT IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
THEY ARE STILL SEEN AS UNEMPLOYABLE HIPSTERS WITH AN ESOTERIC SKILL AND A TON OF STUDENT LOANS DEBT.
retail giant. Buzzfeed reported one parent saying, “As a
from the institutionalization of art: “Now you didn’t
scrutinizing my career choice if they have encountered
mother and a career artist, I’m astounded that a company
go off to Paris and hole up in a garret to produce
words recently in response to any doubt that creative
as large and influential as you are could approve of a
your masterpiece, your Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
writing is a valuable skill.
design that encourages toddlers to stifle their creativity.
or Ulysses, and wait for the world to catch up with
Toddlers. I’m horrified at the thought of putting a shirt
you. Like a doctor or lawyer, you [go] to graduate
Although creative people may gain confidence later
like this on my own 20 month old daughter. Shame,
school—M.F.A. programs [are] also proliferating—and
in life to dream of becoming creative professionals,
shame, shame.” After a public apology, Old Navy
then [try] to find a position.” The image of the destitute
children will not have that dream until the classroom
removed the shirt, but the question remains— why so
artist locked away in a garret may still be the persistent
becomes a space that encourages creativity. With the
much hostility towards creative professions? The problem
image of artists. Although people regularly encounter
rise of creative entrepreneurs, the viability of a creative
is simple: artists have an image problem. They are still
the practical application of art, they rarely connect that
professional will not remain invisible to children, and
seen as unemployable hipsters with an esoteric skill and
work with a liberal arts major.
parents will have to concede that it is a good thing for their child to dream of being an artist.
a ton of student loan debt. Pursuing a degree in fine arts is usually met with the Although the creative professions have been on the rise
insult that it is a waste of time and money. I used to be
since the early 2000s, the term “creative professional”
hesitant about divulging my major, always anticipating
is still relatively new. In 2015, William Deresiewics
a quiet rebuke or scrutinizing eyes that always followed
reported in The Atlantic that the term artist was dead
the question, “So, what are you going to do with that?”
and the emergence of the creative entrepreneur came
Now, I am less hesitant and will usually ask people
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What 90ss slang word are you?!
I still have my Pogs and slammers!
I totes owned Hammer pants at one point in my life. Crimped hair, don’t care.
I wanted to be a New Kid on the Block when I was little!
DJ Tanner bangs for life!
written and illustrated by MOLLY MORRIS
Let’s face it – we’re (mostly) all millenials, and for some of us that’s a burden to bear. However, thanks to ever-changing pop culture and the interwebz, we now have a whole millenial language of our own (so that’s pretty neat). This is your chance to embrace your milleniality and discover the heritage that is your own identity in slang word form, yo. Take this quiz and you’ll be Saved by the Bell.
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I have no idea what any of this means. I’m a 2000s kid.
I may or may not have had laser lines.
I heart Steve Urkel! (Did I do that?)
Surge and Crystal Pepsi. enough said.
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Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls. Listen to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.
“I’ll never let go, Jack!” (But I’m still mad she let go.) Hit me baby, one more time!
Hold the phone, I need to feed my Tamagotchi!
My butterfly clips and body glitter are still at my parents house.
Captain Planet was my hero. Ya know, taking pollution down to zero.
I’m still Livin’ La Vida Loca!
Spice Girls “Wannabe” was my everything (still is).
homeslice You’re always chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool and all shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.
COOLIO! Life of the party, always bringing your boombox on your shoulder wherever you go!
Whatever ... As if! You’re so much more than this quiz and people know you’re all that AND a bag of chips! Wassssup?
Animaniacs. Rugrats. Ren and Stimpy. DuckTales.
Tubular! You’re bound for the west coast to catch some rays and stay gnarly, dude!
Cowabunga! Turtles in a half shell! TURTLE POWER!
any of us give kids dirty and confused looks when they recognize a pound sign as a hashtag. It is easy to forget that we grew up in a world where it was just a rarely used button on our touch-tone phones. As nostalgic as we get when thinking of 90s cartoons and floppy disks, the world has rapidly evolved and so have the lifestyles of children being brought up in it.
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There’s a stigma around the sight of children with their
People give kids a lot of flack for doing so, but adults,
heads down in their phones. Those who feel negatively
too, can often be found hyperfocusing on their phones
about the use of technology among today’s youth
while with friends or even while spending time
carry on the trope of getting older and saying how it
with their own children. What children are learning
was better “back in our day.” Every generation will
technologically in such early developmental stages has
have such nostalgic feelings as they meet with their
as much to do with their surrounding technology as it
peers and reminisce. Funny enough, Socrates (who
does the adults aiding in their mental development.
died in 399 B.C.) said, “The children now love luxury.
After all, it’s the responsibility of the adults around
They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they
them to teach children how to turn the page in a
show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of
magazine just as well as they can swipe the screen on
exercise.” Sound familiar?
a cellular phone. According to 10-year-old Jonathan Gramby who is currently being home schooled, everyone
needs to let kids be. “My mom says it was grown-ups
Kids are learning about the advanced technology around
is definitely something lacking with today’s youth.
that took away school playtime [recess]. You all keep
them. When today’s adults were younger, they were
“Whatever happened to riding bikes through the
giving us this stuff [technology], so don’t be mad at
playing with toy phones that could pretend to call a
neighborhood until the streetlights came on? To playing
us,” he said. Many kids who grew up in the 90s probably didn’t know what an eight track was. Those kids
“YOU MEAN GOING TO THE PARK? THERE’S NOTHING TO DO THERE SOMETIMES EITHER.”
didn’t need to because they had
different person for each button
jump rope and becoming the new dodge ball champion?
pressed. Their parents didn’t
Kids nowadays are missing out on the best parts of
have such toys when they were
their childhood; the vitality that comes with youth.”
kids and it wasn’t a problem.
Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media,
There is something to be said
spoke to Mashable about their report’s findings. “We’re
for the fact that most of them
seeing a fundamental change in the way kids consume media,” he said.
CDs and utilized those CDs because they were growing
still got out to play. They had to
up in a time where they were available. Today’s kids
learn by doing. When Gramby
don’t have to think about cordless phones and they
was asked how he felt about
shouldn’t have to since they have better technology.
kids not going outside to play
Many people who were children during the age of
when at home he said, “There’s
cordless phones being the coolest thing would have
nothing to do outside. [Do] you
loved to be able to talk on the phone without being
mean going to the park? There’s nothing to do there
keep kids entertained for hours. There’s no reason
interrupted by their dial-up internet. With the dawn
sometimes either.” There is definitely a difference in
to harp on kids like premature senior citizens when
of the smartphone, we all have supercomputers in our
how kids spend their play time.
they embrace the wondrous technology around them.
KIDS ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AROUND THEM.
What children find fun is completely up to them. Smartphones can do so many magical things that can easily
Seriously, grow up.
pocket. According to the non-profit agency, Common Sense Media, “More than a third of children under the
The problem many of their elders have is that they
age of two use mobile media. More specifically, the
are replacing it with being outside in the fresh air
study found that 38 percent of kids under the age of
and interacting with their peers in person. Jasmyne-
two have used tablets or smartphones.”
Nicole Walker, M.F.A. writing student, feels that there
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hashtags. Sascha Meinrath, director of the New America ife would be a dark and scary place Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative has said on the if we couldn’t drool over beautiful role of social media in the Egyptian revolution, “In the pictures on Instagram. According same way that pamphlets didn’t cause the American to a Pew Research Center study that revolution, social media didn’t cause the Egyptian tracked social media usage over 10 revolution. [However], social media have become the pamphlets of the 21st century, a way that people years (2005-2015), 90 percent of adults ages 18-29 use social media. What those who are frustrated with the status quo can organize other 10 percent are doing with their free themselves and coordinate protest.” time is a mystery, but hey, to each their Despite the successes of making positive change own. Though these technologies were through use of hashtags, there have been arguments invented for entertainment purposes, the made against these techniques. Tweeting a hashtag, adding a filter to your Facebook profile or participating massive popularity of social in an ice bucket challenge media plays a huge role YOU COULD DEDICATE WHOLE certainly does show solidarity in the modern version BOOKS ON THE REMARKABLE and create awareness. There’s of social activism.
EFFECTS OF CERTAIN HASHTAGS.
doing so is trivializing, over-
If you were like me when
trendy and is a form of slacking.
I first heard of it, the idea seems like a cop out. A common image of the “activist” shows a proud and defiant revolutionary who is often carried away by law enforcement when they refuse to back down. There will always be a place for those willing to march in the streets, but the efficiencies of the internet has made that passion a lot more complex. However, what these social media platforms featuring recording and sharing technologies really have to offer us is knowledge, and when you have knowledge, you have a chance to find the truth. The term “hashtivism” applies to activism and social dialogue that takes place over social media using hashtags
also been disputes claiming that
iconic activism that has grown along with it. #BlackLivesMatter. It seems that a day doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about an injustice committed by police against the black community. Cases like Oscar Grant, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter L Scott and countless others have gained national, and even international attention in no small part due to the prevalence of social media, and the ability to share and record video so easily. The Black
corresponding with activist movements. There are dozens of noteworthy moments in “hashtivism.” From the #WhyIStayed/#WhyILeft movement that was the aftermath of the Ray Rice incident, to #BringBackOurGirls that brought worldwide attention to the atrocities of Boko Haram and the 200 missing Nigerian school girls. You could dedicate
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Lives Matters movement has taken full advantage of this new ability to share information and make something public knowledge overnight. What
started off as a hashtag has now become a full‑fledged activist organization with more than 30 chapters. SCAN Magazine spoke with the Atlanta chapter of Black Lives Matter to get their viewpoint on just how much hashtivism and social media can effect change.
whole books on the remarkable effects of certain
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TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND NEWS AND INFORMATION CHANGES RAPIDLY.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WHAT KEEPS THE MOVEMENT SO LIVELY.
SCAN: What are the pros and cons of these technologies?
resources for activists like myself. These tools are
Nowadays my generation, we are known as and
Black Lives Matter Atlanta: The pros of using social
responsible for sharing groundbreaking news stories,
sometimes referred to as the Joshua Generation, which
media is it’s a direct and instant in-your-face resource
current events and those stories mainstream media don’t
simply means we are ready to claim the promised land.
to get the word out and sound the alarm. In today’s
care to inform the public.
Groups such as Black Lives Matter, Fight For $15 and black student organizations ... we are the influential
world we all have camera phones. If you see something you believe is wrong or immoral you can easily whip
When utilizing social media, hashtags are vital to
ones who are fed up with politics, failed leaders, racism
out your smartphone and capture the moment and
further spreading our messages, which makes them
and white supremacy. We will lead massive impactful
with social media you make that video viral. The con
more direct and personal. It allows those who are
protests and shut downs. We aren’t politically correct
is that sometimes you can be jammed up in the court
interested in a certain topic or subject matter to locate
and don’t mind standing up to our oppressors or
of opinion. Often times what is captured on video can
and investigate your story. In terms of hacktivism, it
those who wronged up. Young people are what keeps
look bad because no one ever knows what happened
isn’t anything we support. It’s illegal. Not every activist
the movement so lively. They add a personal touch
leading up to the event, or if you have video of a protest
goes about things in effective ways.
to everything which makes direct actions much more intriguing. People seem to listen more to the youth.
or a direct action, someone’s reckless behavior may be caught on film exposing their face or identification, that
SCAN: Are young people more involved in activism
There was a time when it wasn’t normal for a child to
video can be later used to prosecute that accused.
nowadays, and if so, what are the different ways in
speak and represent themselves. Nowaday’s children are
which they contribute?
forced to defend and take care of themselves, because
BLMA: Activism used to be ran by our elders, they
of our poor leadership and because in some cases our
lead movements and direct actions. When you think of
parents have failed us.
SCAN: What is the place for things like hacktivism* and hashtivism in modern activism? BLMA: Technology and social media has played an integral role in gathering and disseminating information. Times have changed and news and information changes rapidly. Social media sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook and the internet as a whole are the key
protesting or boycotting your brain typically thinks of grandparents or civil right icons like Martin Luther King
It looks like the power of youth and their digital tools
Jr., John Lewis etc. They were non-violent and diplomatic
have been able to bring about positive changes in the
asking for justice and quality.
world. Just remember that a tool is only as strong as the person wielding it. *hacktivism is the act of hacking, or breaking into a computer system, for a politically or socially motivated purpose.
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