Alec Dent



Column: Google thinks I'm a bad writer (and other thoughts on data collection)

Technology is so deeply intertwined with our lives that our data is at greater risk than anyone else’s. We’re on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and so many other apps, and sharing so much of our day to day activities on them, while failing to consider how what we think is private information that can be used by these companies.  

Opinion Editor Alec Dent

Column: Please, criticize journalists more

"Journalists hold a uniquely powerful position in society, and, as such, our mistakes can wreck lives. Criticism from the public is necessary to hold us accountable and to remind us that we, like everyone else, are fallible."

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Column: The Edit Board Secret Santa Roast!

The Editorial Board has had a lot of disagreements at board meetings this semester but our relationships are largely defined by mutual respect and good-natured ribbing. This may be a politically divisive time, but friendships still can, and do, happen across the aisle. So, without further ado, allow me to present the DTH Edit Board Roast.

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Column: My farewell (of sorts) address

"The Daily Tar Heel is an important Carolina institution, and I have been privileged to serve as opinion editor for this semester. So, it is with a touch of sadness that I am stepping down from my role at the paper."