Photographs are vital parts of society and should be celebrated

Michael Rooney
Staff Writer

Here is a question: what would the world be like without photographs? What if photographs were never invented, and we had nothing to view from real life events?

In my home, my parents have always kept photographs in albums stocked in shelves. These pictures range from when they were growing up to modern days as me and my siblings are growing up.

Having these photographs in my home gives my family and I the chance to look back on nostalgic memories and observe how much we have grown up. Continue reading “Photographs are vital parts of society and should be celebrated”

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Boredom can benefit college students in many ways

Ceilidh Adams
Opinion Editor

“I’m so bored!” This is a phrase that is ubiquitous in our society–little kids say it all of the time.

In the age of Smartphones, Snapchat, and Candy Crush, the attention span of our society has diminished significantly. This means that boredom is avoided like the plague.

How many times have you seen someone daydreaming today? How many people have you seen today that were alone (especially eating alone), that didn’t have his/her cell phone with them?

These are the many ways in which we like to avoid boredom. Our generation just has to be entertained 24/7, always.

One day, as I was listening to a podcast (as I do), I heard about an interesting phenomenon: that bored feeling, that thing that we avoid so much, can be a good thing.

When I first heard this, I thought, this cannot be real. Like most of us, I hate being bored. Nothing good has ever come out of being bored, right?

Actually, research shows that boredom can have some benefits; research done by the British Psychological Association has shown that boredom at work can make us more creative.

The link between daydreaming (this is an activity that people do when they are bored) and creativity is clear. Basically, we are using the same parts of our brain and processes in our brain when we are daydreaming as we are when we are completing creative tasks.

Boredom can also help you to unplug from the technology around you. Maybe you are bored because you have run out of Snapchat stories to look at, or Candy Crush levels to complete.

Unplugging from technology and avoiding that cell phone addiction can be beneficial in many different ways–mostly, you will learn to experience the real world around you when you are unplugged.

In another study conducted by a research team at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that participants who were bored outperformed others on a test, where the other participants were relaxed or stressed.

Personally, I love daydreaming. It is the state in which I am the most creative, and the most natural. When I’m bored, I write, I doodle, I think. Boredom allows me to erase the thoughts in my mind, and to leave my mind a blank slate, and that is a wonderful thing.

So, the next time that you are sitting in class, or eating by yourself, bored, do not pull out your cell phone. Instead, think. Allow yourself to be bored. This feeling will allow you to be your best, creative self, and who knows, you just might think of something that could change this world. “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”- Marilyn Monroe

Ceilidh Adams is the Opinion Editor for The Comment. Email her at c3adams@student.bridgew.edu

Even in today’s age of spellcheck, grammar and spelling are still important skills to learn

Ceilidh Adams
Opinion Editor

“Let’s eat, grandma.” I read the sticker on my advisors’ wall and chuckled. Underneath this, it reads “Lets eat grandma. Commas save lives.”

As an English major, spelling and grammar are very important things for me in my life. I see it all the time, people (my friends included) using the wrong “to” or the wrong “there,” or the wrong “your.” Jokingly, my friends call me the “grammar nazi.”

In this modern world, where spell check is at our finger tips and writing things down with a pen is becoming less and less common, are spelling and grammar still important skills to learn?

The simple answer is yes. Here’s why.

Let us say, for example, that you are a math major and you are applying for a job to be an accountant (math majors apply to be accountants, right? Clueless English major here). You’re applying to be an accountant, and you need a resume to apply for your job.

So you go online, list your skills, type everything out. and viola, your resume is complete. You’re all ready to go. Being the amazing math major and future accountant that you are, you have supervised 10 employees in your field in the past, and you’re fully qualified for the job.

Microsoft Word, however, thinks that employees should have an apostrophe (employee’s), and also, because your letter of reference reflects that you’re fully qualified for this position, the person that referred you writes that “your fully qualified for this position”.

Okay, silly mistakes, right? Yet, I bet your future employer will pick the candidate who used the right “you’re.”

In essence, how you communicate reflects who you are in different ways. It is the same way that different dialects are reflections of both who we are and where we came from using the wrong “to” may not be a huge mistake, but future employers are going to judge you partly on these communication skills, and learning grammar and spelling are parts of these skills.

In another example, let’s say for instance that you are an art major, and you have an art showcase coming up next week, where many pieces of your artwork will be shown. You create beautiful pieces of art, why do you have to learn how to spell or make sure that your subject and your verb agree with one another?

Well, you’re an art major, and you have this big art showcase coming up, and you have to write a description of your art piece, and because you’re such a good artist, your artwork is going to be displayed in a big fancy art museum.

So you write out your description of your beautiful painting and you say that the “affect” that my art work aims to have is that it wants to “envoke” a sense of “nostallgia” on “it’s” audience.”

Now this description of your artwork is forever in this museum, and you are forever haunted by it. So, use the correct “lets,” You might not only look better, you could save a life, too.

Ceilidh Adams is the Opinion Editor for The Comment. Email her at c3adams@student.bridgew.edu.

Multitasking is a common temptation and a bad habit

Michael Rooney
Staff Writer

In life, there can be so much to complete but so little time and motivation. Plus, modern day technology is often a temptation.

So, what do many people do? They attempt to fill multiple obligations at once, also known as multitasking.

Multitasking comes in several forms. With so many commitments to balance, college students are some of the kinds of people who use this method. It commonly occurs while doing homework, in which some stu-dents like to listen to music or their television.

By doing this in the midst of responsibilities, students may find themselves to be more motivated to complete them. I too like to listen to music while studying. If I was to read a novel for one of my classes without any-thing to keep me amused, I would probably zone out in only a matter of time.

Multitasking occurs in more than just the classroom. It also occurs in homes where someone may be talking on the phone while cooking dinner or mopping the floor.

However, multitasking may not always be the best way to work. Studies around the world have shown that multitasking can have critical psychological effects and other kinds of consequences.

For example, according to an article on Chron by Carol Deeb titled “Bad Effects of multitasking,” multitasking may only be a way to add on to stress, which can lead to burnout, absences, and anxiety. Deeb also says that multitasking can be the cause to an overstimulation of the brain. If the brain has too much information to take in, it can affect productivity.

There is no doubt that college students know how exceedingly overwhelming mountains of homework can be. Sometimes, the workload builds up to the point where you could be writing a hefty English essay while taking notes for a history class. However, with these effects in mind, effective time management may be a better solution.

Of course, considering the vast number of students with smartphones in this digital age, it is no wonder that people are distracted to the point where their focus is completely shifted. Some people do not even bother to turn off their technology which results in constant device surfing and more time required to complete one task.

Distractions from social media also cause this major issue with productivity. For example, while students should be using their laptops to write an essay or conduct research, they will be tempted to log on to Facebook while they are at it. It is that easy to access anyway.

Sad but true, multitasking also occurs on the road, where some people will make the poor decision to text and drive.

According to Edgar Snyder & Associates, one out of four car accidents involve texting and driving, while it is six times more likely to cause an ac-cident than drunk driving. Texting and driving statistics involving teenagers are even more shocking: 11 teens die per day as a result of this decision, and 21% of teens that get into fatal accidents were texting and driving.

The question is: is multitasking a good idea? While some people are not affected and can handle several tasks at time, is it really worth risking the health of the brain?

To me, it really depends on the situation. Either way, it is something to do at your own risk. Whether or not you can take your time to complete your tasks, you should be aware of the effects of multitasking and decide with caution.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” –Henry David Thoreau

Michael Rooney is a Staff Writer for The Comment Newspaper.

Movie Review: Batman v. Superman

Tommy Goodale
Staff Writer

2016 has been a year filled with superhero movies: Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, and Suicide Squad all will command huge waves of rabid superhero fans, DC and Marvel alike.

However, four of those six movies are Marvel, and for the past few years, Marvel has been big-time in the cinemas, not DC. While Green Lantern was a colossal disaster and Man of Steel stood on a pile of melodramatic mediocrity, DC fans are hoping the future is bright for their favorite superheroes. After months of escalating hype, Batman vs. Superman arrived, and I couldn’t walk out of that theater thinking it was much more than Man of Steel with Batman in it.

Zack Snyder took a huge step forward with Man of Steel (2013), casting Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, and Cavill delivered big time. While the movie was not fantastic, it was certainly one of the best renditions of the Kryptonian hero in quite some time, and set the stage for what one could expect to be an exponential increase in quality.

Man of Steel’s flaws seemed easily fixable; turn down the melodramatic meter a tad, destroy a few less buildings and work on sequencing scenes better to not make the movie’s story feel all over the place, and this movie would have been perfect.

It is clear that Snyder didn’t learn from his mistakes, but his strengths still shined through. He once again cashed in on great acting decisions, with Ben Affleck (Gone Girl, Argo) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious franchise) as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, the acting in this movie left little to be desired. After many a fuss after Affleck’s casting as the caped crusader, much in regards to his performance as the Daredevil (2003), Affleck proved to be likely the best actor in the entire film, portraying a very rugged and hardened Bruce Wayne. As the franchise moves forward with Justice League films, it’s easy to be excited for more Batffleck.

However, Batman vs. Superman still had the glaring flaws from Man of Steel; very confusing and odd scene editing, which isn’t normally a flaw in many movies, caused for very disruptive and sporadic storytelling. A huge excess of CGI fighting at the end of the movie made it very difficult to fully enjoy, as movies like 2012 all but ruined the enjoyment of pure CGI destruction scenes.

And, of course, a very over-the-top, melodramatic script, filled with depressing piano music and cliche back-and-forth dialogue that really amounts to nothing at all. You’ve got to love Kevin Costner’s reappearance in this film for yet another emotional scene, leaving moviegoers thinking to themselves, “yeah, we get it.”

The overall story was not very interesting, and felt forced, and what was supposed to be “the greatest gladiator match the world has ever seen”, ended rather oddly. It is as if the scriptwriters weren’t sure how to give realistic reasons for a character’s actions, so it all just boiled down to “doing the right thing.” For a movie as dark and dampered as Batman vs. Superman, people tend to become friends rather easily. Many of the cinematic shots were rather stunning to look at, if overdone at times, and the acting was superb, covering up a lackluster script. The action scenes were entertaining, and if anything, this movie felt like a lot of setup for what’s to come. Unfortunately, the story of Batman vs. Superman really should not have been used for setup; The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, the most iconic comic battle between Batman and Superman, is one of the most renowned superhero comics out there, and it’s a shame that it’s closest cinematic counterpart falls into mediocrity.

While Batman vs. Superman is by no means a bad movie, it lacks the punch that it promised, and as one of the most hyped movies at all time, push-ing the “greatest gladiator match in the history of the world” as it’s key plot point, the movie failed to deliver. It certainly is setting up future DC movies nicely, and I still feel excited to see more Affleck and Gadot as Batman and Wonder Woman, and am intrigued to see more superheroes unfold.

I give Batman vs. Superman a modest 7.4/10, and I’m disappointed to say so; this is a movie that was strongly hyped for a very long time, and hopefully, Suicide Squad will be able to shine bright amongst the other Marvel heavy-hitters coming out this year to keep it competitive.

Tommy Goodale is a Staff Writer for The Comment Newspaper.