Category Archives: Longer Essays

Big Data in Baseball


As Major League Baseball starts to implement player tracking it will become a big data league. Once this system is implemented, next year, alot of things will change in baseball. Teams will be able to better evaluate defensive talent, but at what cost? This shift will cost the fan’s excitement as teams limit hits by putting better defences on the field.

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How has the digital age helped the music industry?

There has been a lot of debate recently about the damage the music industry has endured because of digitalization. Piracy has been a major issue the industry complains about. Some say that the introduction of digital music caused a fall in music sales and income because people can now get music they would have bought for free. However, looking at the music industry beyond just album sales, digital music largely has improved the music industry. Digitalization has helped spread music globally and now music has grown to a large global stage. Continue reading How has the digital age helped the music industry?

Jeremy Cai: Journalists Were Not Guilty

As Wikileaks exposed thousands of secret documents of government and revealed the surveillance or government on our private information, people panicked and started to think about the tradeoff between privacy and national security. There has been a fervent discussion over whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or a hero. However, some people put the blames on the journalists who wrote about the events and disseminate the confidential information. The existence of free press enables journalists to write about truths and facts without considering about the inconvenience caused to the subject of the press. Journalists should only be responsible for their own ethics and deliver the information that people otherwise would not know about. In a country hailing the importance of democracy, should we charge journalists of impeding the national security?

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Cable’s Upcoming Irrelevance


Cable’s relevance has been noticeably decreasing for the past four years due to the increase in popularity of streaming online. Streaming is so easy due to the hundreds of websites (some legal, some not) with databases of thousands of television shows and movies. While Cable has its perks, streaming is easier for the upcoming generation which makes buying a Cable subscription less important. Once Cable loses its monopoly on broadcasting sports and television shows in real time, streaming will be able to take over completely. The ease of streaming will soon lead to the irrelevance of Cable.

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