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SPEAKING UP ON THE WEB

Unlike young people in the '60s, young people in the '90s don't have regular protests, sit-ins or other ways to voice their opinions on major issues.

To make up for the lack of tangible ways to protest, some would-be hippies of the '90s are using the Web as their tool for communication.

As everybody knows, the Web is a good place to find information. All you have to do is punch in some keywords and you can get to a site that has just what you're looking for. Some people have realized that the online world is a great place to express themselves and make their voices heard. Here are some examples:

Cheeze and Cracker's Homepage (http://www.
geocities.com/soho/lofts/3692) -- Cheeze and Cracker are two average teen-agers from Louisiana. I've been communicating with both of them for more than a year now, and let me tell you, they live for freedom. Check out their home page and read about the troubles some kids face with authority while trying to express themselves in school.

MTV News Unfiltered (http://www.mtv.com/news) -- Some of you may have heard of or watched the television show "MTV News Unfiltered." The idea is simple: You pitch an idea to MTV, they send you a camera, you shoot the story, they air it. It's a great way for people to show what goes on in their lives, and previous episodes have tackled issues like alcoholism and drug abuse. If you have a story you feel deserves MTV's attention, then go to the unfiltered Web site or for those of you with access to America Online, just go to keyword "Unfiltered."

Channel One (http://www.
channelone.com) -- Channel One is a news program aimed at teens. This is an excellent site to look up information on current topics in the news. In addition, Channel One features an online poll each week where people can vote on the given topic for the week.

Matt Jackson is a sophomore at St. Francis High School.

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