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Mockingbird Intern for the Summer of 2013. I'm a rising third-year at the University of Virginia where I am double-majoring in Government and Media Studies.

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    Empathy and True Emotion in The Facebook Mood Experiment

    A couple weeks ago, it was revealed that back in January 2012, Facebook ran a week long experiment on a small subset of unknowing users that has been dubbed “The Facebook Mood Experiment.” Facebook altered the status updates that these unwitting users saw and skewed them either more negatively (i.e. they saw more updates with […]

    Seven Signs Romans 7 Applies to You Perfectly (Look at Number 4!)

    You know you didn’t want to click this. You saw it and let out a wail of despair that Mockingbird is resorting to “click-bait” headlines, but you saw the adorable puppy as the featured image and clicked anyway. So now here you are. “Click-bait” is a tactic used by all different kinds of websites (perfected […]

    A Mockingbird World Cup Review (So Far)

    I gave myself whiplash celebrating a USA goal. When Jermaine Jones scored in the 64th minute for the US to even the score at 1-1 with Portugal, I raised my fists and snapped my head back so rapidly as I roared that I had quite the headache, and was left massaging my neck. Yes, it […]

    What is Jim Gaffigan Obsessed with?

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan is back with a brand new stand-up special, Obsessed, and it’s well worth checking out, full of his trademark self-deprecating riffs on food and parenting. For those who are unfamiliar, Gaffigan’s previous material has been remarkably well reviewed on here by Matt Schneider – suffice it to say, the man possesses a keen eye for the subtle ways we justify ourselves in everyday life:

    Changing the Human (and Mutant) Heart in X-Men: Days of Future Past

    I must confess that after last summer’s Superman debacle I was a little burnt out on superhero movies. They’re made with such frequency now, and many are so formulaic. Yet no matter what they keep making money. Naturally many studio executives are loath to deviate from this formula of prophecies, will-they-or-won’t-they romances, and of course, […]

    A Mockingbird Guide to the World Cup

    I was nine. It was the summer of 2002 in the early hours of the morning that the US shocked Mexico in the Round of 16 in the World Cup to advance to the quarterfinal. The excitement was electric. Nobody had expected it, but the cries of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” filled the room. It was the […]

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    Facebook, Politics, and True Forgiveness

    There has been a new trend amongst my friends on Facebook that is truly terrifying. Somebody will go on another’s profile and scroll all the way back to their middle school days to find the most embarrassing pictures/videos/status updates they can find, they comment or like it, and then it appears on all of your […]

    The Idiot Forgiveness of Nelson Mandela

    I spent a semester during my Junior year of high school at a boarding school in the countryside of South Africa. It is a beautiful country with a vibrant cultural heritage. Yesterday, God called one of South Africa’s proudest sons home, Nelson Mandela, and I thought it would be apropos to celebrate the ways in […]

    Mariano Rivera and Success Made Memorable by a Failure

    As a Red Sox fan, the many laws of sports kinship demand I hate Yanks closer Mariano Rivera. But the reality is, while I’ve watched him shutdown countless potential Sox comebacks, I’ve always respected him. Then the other day The Atlantic ran this article on his blown save in Game 7 of the 2001 World […]

    Elysium: The Promised Land (Not of Film)

    Like many people, I loved Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 for its powerful message mixed with a fresh and intriguing sci-fi story. It was also impressive that it was done on a (relatively speaking) tiny budget of $30 million. So I was excited to see what Blomkamp would do when given a budget four times greater, […]

    Don’t Worry, Just Dance!: The Songs of Summer ’13

    Summer is always an amazing time for music, and this year has been no exception, with several notable releases. Usually there’s a single track that is unofficially crowned “the song of the summer.” It’s that one song you can’t escape. You hear it on the radio all the time and you can’t get it out […]