Bindeman

South Korea’s demographic decline is creating an advanced robotic future

South Korea has progressed immensely in infrastructure since the 1970s. Technological companies such as LG and Samsung and other hi-tech chaebols alike have shaped the modern economy of the country: bringing massive economic prosperity to the country on the brinks of poverty half a century earlier and establishing an edge in technologies such as semiconductors, displays, and mobile phones. South Korea also is partnered with Russia in its space exploration, according to the article A Closer ...

The effects of repealing net neutrality

Ajit Pai, FCC chairman appointed by Donald Trump and supporter of repealing net neutrality has played a substantial role in leading the agency to repeal net neutrality in 2017. The ABC article, Net Neutrality Vote’s Major Players outlines some of the other major players are the five members of the commission who repealed the bill with their 3-2 vote in favor of abandoning net neutrality established in 2015 and Tom Wheeler, the former chairman of the FCC during the Obama Administration who ...

Are streaming services compensating artists fairly?

Taylor Swift, U2, and 120 other artists signed an open letter calling on lawmakers to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, or DMCA, according to the article titled, The Music Industry’s New War is About So Much More Than Copyright. Further, this open letter targets ad-supported streaming as a major hurdle for artists, the letter specifically ‘takes aim at “Section 512 of the law, which gives user-generated content platforms “safe harbor’ from liabilities related to copyright ...

Rights vs. Emerging Gig Economy

In 2012 Christopher Otey, an Astoria resident from Oregon sued Crowdflower for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act on the basis that the company paid less than the $7.25 minimum wage to employees. He used Crowdflower as a full-time position since he could not find work. According to the article Tech Company CrowdFlower Denies Labor Violation, Companies like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Crowdflower allows users to complete “minute, repetitive tasks that are too subjective and subtle for ...

What is good design?

Good design is innovative, useful, aesthetic, honest, and understandable. It is also unobtrusive, thorough, and “as little design as possible.” These principles sound twenty-first century. And they are. But they were articulated by a man who began his career in 1957, Dieter Rams. A visionary German designer, Rams may be best known for his elegant and minimal products such as the Braun Juicer, a revelation in 1972. His 1959 TP1 Radio/phono combination is eerily similar to the first ...

My Artist Statement

Birch trees swayed in the gentle breeze, casting long shadows on the colorful wooden houses that were coming to life after a long, cold winter. Earlier, we had dug up trash from a dump by the pond and buried it in the sandpile by Igor’s dacha. Then we lit a fire in a rusty barrel and melted old plastic toys—typical pastimes for kids with too much free time on their hands in rural Russia. Earlier, we had played dodgeball on the beat-up road, and now we were looking for a way to retrieve the ...

Uniting Differences

Last summer, I spent two weeks as an interpreter for the US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Program in the southern Muslim-majority region of Karachaevo-Cherkesiа in Arkhyz. The program united University of Oregon and North-Caucasus Federal University students in a cultural exchange of ideas about civil society and healthy life choices for youth in both countries. Together, we toured Russia’s modest, but developing, civil society scene. It was my job to translate museum tours, student lectures, ...

Jeanne

To say that Jeanne is the template of a typical french denizen would be an understatement. At a first glance, Jeanne radiates enthusiasm for her culture, she rushed to the shores of the United States to share her knowledge for the language and culture she thrives in, but also to learn more about others. Attending Jeanne D’Arc high school in France, Jeanne’s upbringing defined her strong interest in languages, learning German, English in her compulsory language classes, as well as opting for ...

Checkpoints

There are many checkpoints in life that we believe we must pass to feel mature. In elementary school, it was being able to walk home from school alone. In Middle school, it was finally being allowed to go shopping on my own. And for high school, let’s be honest, the main checkpoint is sexual maturity. I have always thought that these life events made us feel like we are closer to becoming adults. Each time I have reached each checkpoint, however, I have felt lost once again. As we grow ...

Small House

I’ve always been bicultural. Growing up in a fully Russian family, I had a one-sided view of the world for a long time. It’s no surprise that the culture in Russia is vastly different than in America. Ever since I was dropped off in elementary school, I had to let go of Russian cultural conventions, one by one. Perhaps what was most difficult for me was to adjust to American cultural norms. I always thought my Russian traditions were right. One summer when I was five, I was visiting my ...