A big world, made smaller.

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With the sudden rise of the smart phone, beginning around the year 2005, society is beginning to feel the sudden need to constantly stay connected. Whether it’s with friends, family, Facebook, or the New York Times, the smart phone has integrated itself into the lives of millions of people. The advancements made in recent years to phones, tablets, and computers have recreated how people interact with the rest of the world and how often they do it. With such incredible improvements in technology, the accessibility to contact someone is easier than ever and with new technologies being created every day, it’s only getting easier.

Undoubtedly, the rise of internet technology has changed the world for the better. The smartphone, for example, has completely revolutionized the cellphone and what we can do with it. Aside from being able to make a phone call, these devices are complex enough to take photo/video, play music, and even get directions to virtually anywhere. This one device has replaced hundreds of devices, while at the same time remains light and compact enough to fit inside a pants pocket.

Many people, despite their failed attempt at avoiding it, are opposed to the assimilation into this high-tech culture. We’ve all been warned against the dangers of texting, particularly texting and driving. This argument is a valid concern, however does this issue outweigh the inconceivable number of ways it has dramatically developed our world, for the better?

Yes, being distracted by your cellphone while driving is a major concern for drivers, but distractions are going to happen whether you have a cellphone or not. AAA has done extensive research and determined that rubbernecking at the scene of an accident is the number one cause of accidents, proceeded by looking at scenery, and being distracted by others in the car. A distraction can come from anywhere, but rather then blame the cellphone for existing, it’s more logical to examine the responsibility of the driver and their awareness on the dangers of multi-tasking while driving.

Similarly to being able to drive at 16, and drink at 21, cell phones and other advanced internet based devices simply require a certain maturity level. The age that parents are introducing cell phones to their children is getting younger and younger, and rather then blame the technology for it’s negative effects on children, the age in which children should have access to the internet world should be re-evaluated.

Technology has opened the door to an incredibly innovative world that continues to advance everyday. The cell phone in particular has revolutionized what people think about phones, how they live their daily lives, and the way in which we make this huge world, much smaller.

YouTube Personality Talks Beauty

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Rosa Chang-Crespo, a 20 year old college student from Queens, has what some may call another personality, but not just any personality, a YouTube personality. With the boom of YouTube when it launched in early 2005, many people from Justin Beiber to Psy all became famous because of videos that they posted to the popular site. Rosa, however, isn’t interested in singing or dancing, she’s known as a Youtube Makeup Guru. “I started wearing makeup when I was 14 or 15, ever since then I’ve always wanted to get better at applying my makeup and experiment with new things”.

Rosa, known to her subscribers as “RositaApplebum” began her Youtube channel about 2 years ago on April 24th of 2011. Since then, her videos have been a hit to the makeup community on Youtube, with one of her videos reaching to over 50,000 views. “I didn’t expect such a huge audience for that video, it was a video on ‘What’s in my bag’, which is a popular Youtube tag that YouTubers do”. She has viewers from multiple countries all over the world but her top locations are here in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She receives offers from makeup and fashion companies wanting to sponsor her, but she is currently not under contract and gets paid directly through Youtube based on the number of subscribers and views she has on her videos.

With the thousands of viewers and subscribers, Rosa doesn’t always get the response she hopes for. “Of course I get negative comments and messages, who doesn’t? Especially in the makeup community you’re gonna get a lot of insulting remarks that is completely out of my control”. Rosa, like many other YouTube personalities, even have fake accounts of subscribers pretending to be them. “I’ve had to report fake Instagram profiles and Youtube channels, but the worst one was a fake Tumblr account that many people believed was actually me.”

In the years to come, Rosa says she doesn’t plan on pursuing makeup as a career but that anything is possible. “I love making videos and being a role model to girls that are insecure. I love to remind them that makeup is just something to make you feel better about yourself, and that they’re already beautiful”.

My favorite place to be.

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Whether my day consists of going to class, studying, going to work, cleaning my apartment, hanging out with friends, or even just relaxing and watching Tv, my day isn’t complete unless it starts here. 135th street and Riverside Drive. It is a 0.7 mile walk from my apartment door, which takes me approximately 12 minutes. I like to leave my apartment at 6 am so I can watch the sun rise at around 6:15, before running 3miles down riverside and then 3 miles back up.

This spot serves as my starting point and my finish line, and has been my own private stretching space for the last 8 months. It’s the perfect spot to look over the edge, across the Hudson river and into New Jersey on the other side. At 6am, the sun rise is absolutely breathtaking, almost like a wave of light that illuminates the river and brings life to a dark city.

I grew up in New Jersey, and lived there until I moved into the city when I was 18. I remember being in high school, when I used to run on the opposite side of this river and look into New York  and watch the sunbeams make their way through the tall buildings as night turned to day. It’s where I would look into this beautiful city and contemplate my dreams and goals of one day coming here and accomplishing them.  Coming to this spot is my motivation, it’s my daily reminder of where I am, and most importantly, where I came from.