University of Oregon grad Sian Kavanagh scrolls through Yik Yak. Photos by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank.
I’ve always been a late social media adapter. In middle school, I refused to get my own Facebook account and now that I’m in college, I didn’t get a Twitter until I had to for “journalism.” That’s why I was pretty confused when I started hearing people on my campus talk about “Yaking.”
Once, twice, three times a douchebag for Johns Hopkins University's student newspaper The News-Letter, who hit the student body with a double-whammy of sexist, rape-apologetic articles in the last two weeks.
I stumbled across Morgane Richardson's Refuse the Silence project via a link on Twitter. Immediately, it made me think of a discussion in the comments section of an earlier Y&F post about where the stories and conversations around the non-archetypical Millennial experience were and the need to bring attention to these stories as a means of fleshing out and adding dimensions to the (at present, pretty flat) media portrait of Gen Y. There are interesting people out there doing interesting, culturally significant work that has nothing to do with selling us luxury cars (I wish this was a joke) or advising us on how to leverage our blogs into a middle management future; they should get a bigger spotlight.