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The Doctor’s Office

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Sarah

I walk in and something to the likes of ammonia blasts into my nasal canal and brings with it a strong sense of nostalgia.  I walk a few steps to the front desk and the lady behind it says nothing.  She just sits there wearing disney-themed scrubs and continues to look at her computer.  There is a sign in sheet …

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Virtual Reality Like Tobacco

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Alejandro Ribadeneira

About five years ago my family thought that it would be brilliant to give my seventy-something year old grandfather an electric cigarette. This old man who smoked tobacco since he was a teenager, and loved it, did not say thank you for the gift. Instead, he said—“this is like having sex with a sex doll, I do not want it.” …

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Text versus a Wave

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Leslie

“Free Wi-Fi”. This is music to the ears to anyone trying to get a faster connection on their phone so they can finish their comment on Facebook. The internet has because a place where everyone and anyone with a smartphone or a laptop live in many hours a day. At least once a day, someone either asks me ‘Do you …

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Defending Washington Heights

In A Sense of Place, 11. A Cosmopolitan Sense of Place by Leslie

Gentrification has been affecting many minority communities for some time now. Many white people go to black and Hispanic communities looking for cheaper rent and whine up kicking many Hispanics and black people out of their homes and begin gentrifying the area. The local stores start turning from authentic Mexican restaurants and fried chicken spots to Froyo and Starbucks. Rent …

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181st Street

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Leslie

Since I was born, my mom and the rest of my family would take my cousins, sisters (once they were born), and I to 181 street to hang out and shop every weekend. All along 181 street, especially on Saint Nicholas, you can find Latino street vendors. You find the lady my mom has been buying arepa from for 15 …

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Baudrillard’s Simulacra

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Tori

After the tremendous gaffe that was the grand finale of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, an article began to float around Facebook titled “Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living In a Computer Simulation“. While I scoffed at this idea at first, believing it to be pretty far out there for a New Yorker article, I began to recall …

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Table spirit

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Melvin

My desk. When I sit down at my desk, my body and being changes modes. Desks are different, and each desk does different things to my body. The modes of both my mind and body shift according to the chair and desks that I sit in. At a desk in my high school, my mind and body shift to low …

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Lightbulb Ideas

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Melvin

As I read The Networking of Public Space, I look around and I the things I see happening confirm the suspicions that I read about in their writing. I was in 5th grade when I got my first phone. It was a flip phone, and that was the time when I was first introduced to the wonders and the horrors …

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The Void

In A Sense of Place, 11. A Cosmopolitan Sense of Place by Tori

While my southern roots have always inspired me to believe in a strong sense of “hearthiness”, during my later years I’ve admittedly struggled with how to keep a foot in both the “cosmos” and the “hearth”. I love my home, no doubt about it, but my relationship with North Carolina has been tainted by various traumas and the downright sourly …

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Digital/Physical: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige and the Nigerian Prince

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Abigail

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, two filmmakers from Lebanon, have been collecting scam emails since 1999. In interviews, they say they don’t know why they started, but that something in it “spoke to them,” and so here we are. The couple compiled some 4,000 plus emails into an installation piece in 2014. Emails like the Nigerian Prince scam, or the …