The Paisano

Dissecting body shaming: It’s deeper than your feed

Graphic by Alex Hanks

Bella Nieto, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

Ah, social media: the new American pastime. Although social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have been criticized for their allowance of fake news, malicious political posturing and unjustifiable content which festers in the online social sphere, they remain a staple in daily l...

The power online conformity has over us

Illustration by Jene Rigaud

Adrianne Kristianto, Social Media Coordinator

April 17, 2020

In 1815, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote an essay titled “Thinking for Oneself” in which he essentially explored the polarity between the practice of self-thinking and adherence to social knowledge. He asserted that reading is a replacement for thoughts because the work of thinking is...

Tik Tok will never be Vine, thankfully

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Analisa Sulaica, Staff Writer

April 5, 2020

In all honesty, I spend at least three hours on TikTok per day. Is this excessive? Probably. Am I embarrassed? Only slightly. However, I know I am not alone in traveling down the rabbit hole that is the For You page, especially as many of us are currently practicing social distancing. During this time, T...

Big Sis Advice: Social Media Cringe

photo by Lindsey Thomas

Kimiya Factory

September 18, 2019

Social media has so many pros, but changing rape culture has definitely revealed the cons throughout the years. I’ve always been oblivious to the difference between adoration and harassment in my DMs, but my sophomore year provided a specific instance in which I realized I had been violated by the...

The dark side of social media

The dark side of social media

Joseph Torres

February 20, 2019

I made a bold move and started to sit in the front row of my classes this semester. When I started classes last semester I was sitting around the middle of my classrooms trying to blend in; I didn’t want the attention the first row typically receives. However, sitting in the middle rows, I became i...

Student government develops videos for mental health

Student government develops videos for mental health

Breahna Luera

February 20, 2019

UTSA’s Student Government Association (SGA) is putting together a series of mental health videos. The videos, which will include student athletes who share their mental health testimonies, will be posted on social media. Brittany Garcia, SGA President, and SGA’s Student Health Action Committee (SHAC...

Big Sis: Social media & relationships

Photo Courtesy of Dominique Beltran

Kimiya Factory

January 23, 2019

As Valentine’s Day approaches, along with the artificial flex of who got roses or taken out to dinner, an interesting and reoccuring conversation that I find prevalent in my life is the correlation between social media and relationships. Two solid questions that I pose about this interesting topic are: Wh...

I dare you to jump: ditching social media

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Rebecca Saenz

October 18, 2018

A few years ago, I deleted all of my social media, and doing so changed everything. Now I benefit from sharper focus, increased productivity, calmness, social confidence, and sense of self. I astonish people with how many books I read per year and how many miles I run per day; achievements are much more...

Be kind, rewind: keep an open mind

Editorial Board and Natalie Hollenbeck

October 18, 2018

Is it 2018 in general, or has this been building for decades? It’s clear during highly emotional times, like elections, what our society’s problem is: overzealous aggression. Aggressive behavior, and a difference in opinions, prevent individuals from seeing both sides of any argument. Unless we remind...

Is this the end of Facebook?

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Anish Rao

April 3, 2018

You may have heard about Facebook ‘s shady business practices and malicious data handling in the news cycle recently. Facebook is an integral part of everyone’s life whether we want to admit or not; it’s on almost every company’s commercials (“make sure to add us on Facebook”)—discussed...

The anti-highlight reel

Graphics by Amber Chin/The Paisano

Katrina Clements

February 14, 2018

Since its debut in 2010, Instagram has become one of the most popular social media platforms today. Who you follow determines the kind of content you see, but the appeal of this platform from the user’s perspective is your profile consists of only content you want the public to see: the successes,...

Manifestations from the black mirror

Courtesy of John McFadden

Devin De Leon

January 31, 2018

John McFadden presents the art that lives in social media.   By combining his personal social media timeline, cell phone photography and online advertising amongst other sources, John Mcfadden manifests his thoughts using vinyl lettering, digital banners and lots of gold streamers. The w...