Pledging allegiance, Kanye’s campaign, and the truth behind social media: this week on Best of SNO

When Kanye announced that he would be running for president in 2020 during the VMAs this year, we all had a good laugh; but an article that made its way into the Best of SNO inbox this week suggests a future President West may not actually be the worst thing for America. Another student spends her holidays learning about homelessness, first-hand, and one in-depth story reveals the dark side of our culture’s social media obsession. Read on for our weekly picks, submitted and written by students on the SNO platform.

The social media maskLily Stannard, John Carrol School
“[Social media] affects self-esteem also because everyone is looking at everyone else’s pictures, and they’re so edited and filtered that it’s not even a reality anymore, and people do things to make it look like their lives are greater than they really are.”

Kanye graduates from hip-hop to politicsBria Blassingame, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
“Not only does opposing the Iraq War put Kanye to the left of Hillary Clinton, he’s pretty much against military adventurism in the Middle East of any kind. While the threat of war with Iran has receded significantly since President Obama’s landmark nuclear deal, for a while it looked almost inevitable. Props to him for taking such a firm, coherent stance opposing invasion.”

Think before you pledgeHarrison Otto, Boyertown Area Senior High School
“The whole idea of liberty is not to blindly accept authority or pledge obedience, but to question any form of authority in its entirety. It is because of this that saying the Pledge in a rote way is unpatriotic.”

Homeless for the holidays Jaya Flanary, Ballard High School
“The people that are served here don’t have a better place to be. They don’t have other choices. Who’s going to be here if they have a better place to be? Who wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I can’t wait to go to the soup kitchen,’ you know what I mean?”

The girl in the mirrorHannah Ortega, Lovejoy High School
“She walks to the shower to get ready for the day, and she tries to ignore the shame weighing down her heart as she passes the toilet that she made herself throw up into the night before.”

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