Why Humans Of New York Is The Best Thing On The Internet

Why Humans Of New York Is The Best Thing On The Internet

Brandon Stanton captures the true nature of being human.

People are always saying things like, "Don't judge people because you don't know what they've been through." We are so absorbed in our busy lives, technology and self-centered media universes that we tend to simply ignore people that we don't know. While I do not think that the Internet will initiate the downfall of the human race, we could all stand to take a few minutes out of our day to gain a new perspective on life. Brandon Stanton, creator of the inspirational Humans of New York movement, gave us a platform on which we can gain insight about the joys and struggles faced by people every day as well as proof that there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

Starting in the city of New York, Stanton began using his camera to capture what seemed like simple pictures of people -- sometimes faces, sometimes their hands or sometimes them holding a phone showing an important personal photo. With each photo he posts online, Stanton writes a snapshot of the conversation he had with the person or people. By doing this, he has captured the raw emotional stories of thousands who have won the hearts of millions.

As Stanton's blog gained popularity and followers, he traveled to several impoverished and conflict-ridden countries, capturing the emotions and struggles of those he met along the way. What separates Stanton's work from prominent activist work is that he frames issues in a way that resonates with readers rather than just telling us why we should care. He appeals to people's natural inclination to make a difference.

One of his more recent series was on children suffering from cancer. This one stood apart to me from other news on this subject because it focused not only on the children, but also their parents and the medical staff. It touches on the pain doctors and nurses feel when they are not able to save a child's life and the guilt that ensues. There are several pieces in which the subjects talk about the constant fear they experience, the masks people wear to hide their pain and the long hours spent searching for a cure after having experienced so many dead ends. Stanton also shares the innate goodness of people by sharing doctors' late-night stories of fighting to save lives. He points out the nurses that spend their days striving to make these kids even just a little bit happier. This series proved to me that I should be thankful for and take advantage of every opportunity I have because there are so many who dream of having what I sometimes find myself taking for granted.

By spotlighting so many honest perspectives, Stanton keeps onlookers enthralled by showing that we, as human beings, can understand and empathize with each other on the most basic levels. Some stories are deep and tug on our emotions, while others are humorous and relatable, but they all have one thing in common: They prove that everyone's perspective is unique and vital in the whirlwind that is this world.

I owe Brandon Stanton a thank you for reminding me to appreciate who I am and to never give up on who I aspire to become.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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