Journalism, A Worthless Degree?

Your father says a degree in journalism promises a less secure future than degrees in STEM. Your mother thinks an art degree will keep you safe from the dangerous assignments journalists undertake. This 2012 article by Forbes comments on a report by Career Cast that lists journalism as the fifth worst job, above oil riggers …

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“I want to mean something to someone.” | Strength in Numbers | How it Feels to be 18

In this series, Strength in Numbers, I interview humans of different ages and stages of life to learn how it feels to be in their shoes. Today we meet Devyn. Devyn is no stranger to the digital world. The 18-year-old Call of Duty enthusiast spends hours on his computer playing video games, talking to friends, …

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LISTEN: Media Lab Podcast “Can You Hear Us?”

LISTEN HERE On the fifth episode of the Media Lab Podcast, Elder Martinez shares his experiences about the wild world of the internet and asks us to consider the role technology plays in our lives. In another story, Xuan Truong offers a compelling commentary about her mother and sister as they experience a negative encounter at a local grocery …

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“Something Resembling an Adult” | Strength in Numbers | How it feels to be 23

Rain pelts the windshield of my Subaru as Brian and I drive by cow after cow en route to driving school. We will be stuck together in this car for a total of four hours this week winding along these same streets. Not so much "stuck", I volunteered to drive Brian to class after he …

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How It Feels To Be Starting a New Business at 45-Years-Old | Strength in Numbers

I am a half hour late to my meeting when I stumble out of my car into the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, cursing. The sky has unleashed a torrential downpour over most of Massachusetts. A harsh beep from my phone alerts me to a severe flood watch, but the washed out bridge down the road …

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Strength in Numbers: How it feels to be 20-years-old and living alone halfway around the globe

It was nearly midnight Tuesday night in New York City when the familiar Skype call tone startled me as I nodded off on a hotel bathroom floor with my laptop. I pressed accept. Kota's slightly pixelated face greeted me from South Korea. The 12:30 p.m. sun streamed in his window to illuminate his Wednesday afternoon. …

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