Narcissistic Generation: Empty Sparkle on Social Media

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Social networks are the ideal breeding ground for feeding and bringing out all of the insecurities of our generation
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by Bianca Cataldo

Nov. 3, 2019

Narcissism is a personality disorder. Narcissistic people seek power and admiration, they have the presumption of superiority, and tend to exploit others since they are unable to empathize.

Dr. Joann Ponder observes that Narcissism is mostly a defensive behavior “against feelings of marginalization and inadequacy, stemming from experiences of prejudice, loss, and exclusion in the past. “

It is important to notice that these feelings of marginalization and exclusion are more likely to develop in an environment that boosts individualism and self-promotion.

Social media increment the possibilities for self-promotion which contributes to exacerbate this disorder. Consequently, we are living in an increasing narcissistic society.

Swansea University collaborated with Milan University to observe personality variations in a sample of social media users. They proved that “individuals who used social media excessively, through visual postings, displayed an average 25% increase in narcissistic traits.”

Dr. Roberto Truzoli, professor of Milan University explains how “the lack of immediate ‘direct’ social censure, may offer [individuals] the opportunity to inflict aspects of their narcissistic personality, present themselves in a grandiose manner, and realize fantasies of omnipotence.”

The correlation between social media and narcissism occurs because narcissistic expectations find an amplified social response, that is, that they are gratified. Therefore, these platforms lead to a dramatization of the problem.

It is only an empty sparkle. People tend to portray themselves in a grandiose manner. They do not tell the whole truth, rather hide their insecurities.

They seek attention and gratification, but do they really get that?

The National General Strike Proposes to Thump the Economy on President’s Day

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By Marcela Ruiz

Monday, February 20th will mark one month since the presidential inauguration. Many opposed to the President’s ideals have taken to the streets, airports and Washington D.C. in protest to demonstrate their disagreement with new policies and executive orders.
In attempt to reach more people, The National General Strike Association is organizing a strike inviting citizens across the U.S. to disrupt the economy by refraining from, as their slogan states:

“No Work. No School. No Shopping.”

Their Facebook page alludes a demand of reconstitution by cooperative action from all citizens. The strike will commence Friday, February 17th through Presidents Day on Monday, February 20th.

Welcome to the New Collegian

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I’m happy to announce, as the Faculty Advisor to the Morton Collegian, the launch of this website, which has been a semester-in-the-making. Creating it has been a labor of love. Now Morton College has its own 100% student-run online journal.

Writing for a student paper can be a lot of fun. At the Collegian, it will be an experience in contemporary media. I encourage all students interested in joining our staff to please contact the editor-in-chief. Likewise, I encourage students who simply want to function as occasional contributors to contact the editor.

What are we looking for? The mission of the Morton Collegian is to give students a voice. We are interested in your concerns, tastes, observations, interests, opinions and experiences. As we grow and expand, we hope to review books and film, music and art, as we also profile students, faculty and staff. We are also interested in articles about alumni, or personal essays written by alumni of the college.

When you read articles you like or the kind that give a voice to your concerns, we hope you will share them with your friends on social media. We also hope that you add the Collegian to your online reading lists. It will be the place to turn when you want Morton news.

Photo of Carolus’ “Relation”, the first newspaper, from Wikipedia