Charles Kennick, The Miami Student The interlude of the song “XXX” by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2 is as follows: “Alright, kids, we’re gonna talk about gun control. (Pray for me) Damn!” The interlude of the song is the break of a song that has two messages: a violent description of what gun culture means when growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, California to a critique of political and cultural factors that he credits intense and tragic that the relationship the residents of Compton and other low-income predominantly African American communities across the country. What does...Read More
Buffering… At one point during my freshman year the fiber optic wire that provided Oxford with high speed Internet service was accidentally damaged during a construction project causing an outage that lasted a few hours. Internet speeds crashed to abysmally low speeds, and some professors even canceled classes. This incident reminded me how critical having a reliable connection to the Internet and a computer is to function as a society today. However, for close to 10 percent of all Americans and 40 percent of rural Americans, living with incredibly slow or no Internet service at all is a daily reality that is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. This, “digital divide” between rural and urban correlates with the lack of economic investment, high rates of unemployment and brain drain of promising youth in America’s poorest regions like Appalachia, the rural South and Native American reservations. When talking about access to the Internet, the term “broadband” is used as the Federal Communications Commission standard for connectivity. The most recently updated definition of the term came in 2015 and is defined as 25 megabits per second (mbps) of download speed and 3 mbps of upload speed. With this rate, users can comfortably stream videos, download large files, send messages, etc. For reference, my apartment in Oxford sees average speeds of 115 mbps; median speeds in one of the poorest counties in Ohio,...Read More
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