Use Your Voice

With the wave of the public’s interest in civil rights, it’s hard to avoid the topic when using social media. Trends like #blacklivesmatter, #yesallwomen and #illridewithyou flooded Twitter. Tumblr users went crazy over the topic, defending the minorities and hunting down those who abused them. Videos invaded Youtube as protesters and by-standers recorded live events […]

Six Social Media Trends That Need To Go

Social media is obviously a big part of our lives and daily routine. Nevertheless, just because you have a facebook, instagram, or whatever social media site it may be, doesn’t mean that you can do and post whatever you like on it. There are unspoken rules of what to do and what not to do. […]

People Would Rather Shock Themselves Than be Alone With Their Thoughts

Amidst all that is our busy lives, what with all our work, family, and hobbies to attend to, it may have crossed your mind that at least you, if not everyone would like some down time to themselves, to just ponder alone in their thoughts.  However, according to a study from the University of Virginia […]

#hotfelon: Jeremy Meeks’ Viral Spread

The story of the hot felon lives on. With a chiseled jawline and striking blue eyes, Jeremy Meeks mug shot can be found everywhere on the pages of social media sites. When I came across his photo, at first I was at first puzzling to me why his photo was posted everywhere. Who is this […]

A Response to Gary Turk’s “Look Up”

“Look Up” has caused a lot of conversation about social media these past few weeks. In the video, Gary Turk gives a spoken word warning the online generation about the dangers of spending their whole lives looking down on a screen. He reminisces about a time when children played outside instead on their iPhones, and […]

Northeast Ohio campaign tries to #saveclekids

A Cleveland woman saw a child in need in downtown on her way to work. She quickly discovered that the child wasn’t real. “I felt kind of silly for thinking it was real,” Lashawn Chillous, mother of a 9-year-old boy, said in a Facebook message, “but kind of sad that no one else seemed to […]

The Magazine Girls

Looking through fashion and beauty magazines I begin to get a little upset because it makes me notice just how many flaws I truly have. There’s a 4-page spread in Allure on how to maintain “perfect skin” and apply makeup “just right” and lose “tons” of weight in “so little” time. Exaggerations like these are what […]

Snapchat Adds Video Calls, Instant Messaging to App

Snapchat pushed out a new update for their social photo-taking app on May 1, allowing users to preview features through a Snap video and through a ‘story’ posted on the app. On their official blog, Snapchat said remarked that the popular aspect was missing an “important piece of the conversation: presence.”  The app, will now […]

Corruption +Social Media

Corruption+ social media= a disaster waiting to happen. This past week millions of Twitter and YouTube users in Turkey were blocked from these social media sites. This egregious action took place after tapes and audio of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkeys prime minister and his party were accused of corruption this past week. Shortly after this […]

The Social Media Revolution

The advent of social media has served as one of the largest revolutions that have ever befallen human civilization. It has greatly changed the way we interact with others, how we can influence politics and how different societies can connect with one another like never before. While social media has ushered new cultural norms such […]

Is that news? I mean it happens all the time.

What is it about pain, anger, suffering, anguish, and death in America, that has desensitized us, it boils our blood at the time, much like the news that the innocent were done wrong? But then we sink back into complacency and sit there, like bumps on a log, until something else comes along. What and […]

CISPA: Employers Can Demand Your Facebook Password

Though it hasn’t garnered the media attention that SOPA did, a new act currently working through Congress has the potential to affect the daily lives of Facebook users and even casual, online browsers. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), is primarily intended to prevent cyber terrorism. According to a recent PC Mag article, […]

Body Shaming: Confessions of a Skinny Girl

Prejudice. Shame. Hate. These are more than just words. These are real, painful actions that affect people everywhere. Chances are, you’ve experienced some sort of hate in your life and can probably recall the memories of how it felt. An alarming trend has been building on social media sites such as Facebook and Tumblr that […]

Twitter Contributes to TV Ratings, Launches Music Application for iOS

Back in December, the microblogging site Twitter announced that they would be teaming up with Neilsen to create an official social television ratings system. On their blog, Head of Media Chloe Sladden wrote, “As the experience of TV viewing continues to evolve, our TV partners have consistently asked for one common benchmark from which to […]

Listen Close! Josiah Leming Hits the Road for Headlining Tour

About a month ago, independent artist Josiah Leming hit the road with fellow singer-songwriter One Love for his first headlining tour, the Listen Close Tour, which will take him across North America. April 10 was the Atlanta stop, and naturally, I was in attendance for both the show and for VIP. And y’all, I think […]

Even Not Having a Facebook Can Affect Your Employment

Source: Reppler In an effort to conceal personal information from potential employers, Facebook users have long learned to adjust privacy settings and name changes to disappear. But recently, interviewed hiring managers say this lack of social media presence is “suspicious”, an error of omission that hurts your chances just as much as a less-than-pristine Facebook […]

As James Holmes’ Sanity is Questioned, Investigators Find Almost No Traces of the Accused Online

According to a Nielsen report released in 2011, Americans spend 63.5 billion minutes per year social networking and blogging. Of the two hours that Americans spend using the Internet per day about one fourth of this time is on sites like Facebook and Twitter. These statistics are interesting considering the fact that James Holmes, accused […]

4 Months After KONY 2012

I’m sure most, if not all of us remember the viral video that the American non-profit organization, Invisible Children, released in early March this year. Since then, we’ve heard of its founder getting arrested for inappropriate behavior in public, of its event “Cover the Night”, perhaps as well as its follow-up video “Beyond Famous”, that […]

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Instant communication is a fast, convenient way to get information to one another, whether it’s through text, email, or social media websites. As technology advances our means of communication becomes less of what it used to be: personal. I cannot remember the last time I received a hand written letter out of the blue. Every […]