Andreas Salmen

Born and raised in Germany, learned a job in IT and Business and ultimately decided that this wasn't exactly where my life was going to end. Left everything behind to become a writing backpacker instead. The world's crumbling away anyway so why not write about it and get a few good Instagram pics on the way, am I right?
Gambling, Gaming and Loot Boxes

Gaming and Loot Boxes: What is Gambling Anyway?

If you’re a gamer, or in any way afflicted with gaming, you may have heard the words loot boxes and gambling a lot recently. In fact, you may have heard a lot of consumers scream GAMBLING at publishers while the publishers and rating boards screamed NOT AT ALL GAMBLING back at them.
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US Politics and Diversity

Trump, US Politics, and Diversity: Feel Represented Yet?

When solving an issue, one should always avoid thinking in black and white. There usually is no right or wrong, there are many shades of slightly better and slightly worse and many paths lead to a solution unless you limit yourself to black and white. But what is if there is no option? What if you’re entrapped in a political system that favors two definitive choices, that drift further apart with each passing day? Welcome to US Politics, where the odds are stacked against you no matter where you stand. Unless you’re a straight white male that is.
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Net Neutrality, FCC and lobbying

Lobbying, FCC, and Net Neutrality: Freedom for Sale!

Congratulations America, you once again prioritized personal financial gain of major corporations over your citizens! When the FCC revoked Net Neutrality yesterday, it marked the dangerous departure from freedom of speech into a grim capitalistic dystopia that could very well shape the country in all the wrong ways.
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Fake News

Fake News and Radical Politics: My Fake is your Treasure

Let’s make Social Media great again. Oh, have we become an indifferent lot. Whenever I log into Facebook, it becomes an increasing chore to wade through the massive amount of fake news, witch-hunts, and nonsense floating through my stream. Shared by distant uncles, friends and that one hippie that lives off the bark of dead trees because everything else would be murder.
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Filter Bubble Echo Chamber

The Filter Bubble: Our Internet Echo Chamber

Let’s be honest, we all think we have life figured out. We like the best stuff, we know the most, and everyone seems to agree with us. Those who don’t are not only far inferior but also outnumbered. But are they really? Most of what we think of as real is actually selectively fed to us by what is called a Filter Bubble through internet services like Facebook and Google. We are living in a technology Echo Chamber.
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Pedophilia Pedophiles

Fear and Suffering – Pedophilia and the Sexual Abuse of Minors

Pedophilia may be one of the most used and feared words of our time. Left and right from us we see child abuse victims and abusers popping up frequently. The media reports about the increased sharing of child porn and sexual harassment of minors. Collectively, we categorize these heinous acts under Pedophilia, yet we mostly lack understanding of what it means.
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