Monthly Archives: February 2016

FACETIME ALL DAY

Hello Everybody, Today I wanted to talk about an Apple feature that has been around for almost 6 years that I have come to appreciate recently. I really only started using it as a means of communication this past year but I think that it is one of the coolest ways to interact with someone, […]

We Once Had An Empire and Now We’ve Got A Slum

“We Once Had An Empire and Now We’ve Got A Slum” Social media is changing the whole world around us, not just our country. Whether any politician or political organization on Earth possesses the ability to utilize social media as effectively as Donald Trump is a matter that is up for debate. However, there is […]

#FreeGuwop

#FreeGuwop is something that constantly shows up on my timeline. Weirdly, the twitter account that uses the hashtag the most belongs to the same person that the hashtag begs to have released from prison, Gucci Mane (also known as “Guwop”). Despite the fact that Gucci is currently sitting in a prison cell, all of his […]

Before You Pack Your Bags for Vacation!

Social media has completely changed the landscape in which we do everyday activities. In honor of people going different places this Spring Break, I thought I would share my thoughts on social media and its impact on traveling. Point and Counter Point – Travel Blessed or Travel Bore? Question: Should you post travel pictures? Above […]

Celebrity Endorsements: Hoax or Effective?

Commercials, whether we are watching them on the television, driving by them on a billboard, or listening to them on Spotify, they are hard to ignore; and some more than others. Celebrity endorsements seem to be a great method to catch our attention and buy the product, but is it really effective? Personally, it depends on […]

The best Ideas- Elon Musk Open Source

I wanted to bring up this point in class the other day but unfortunately the moment passed and I didn’t want to go back. Figured it would make a good blog post. The topic that we talked about this week in class was around the concept of how the best ideas come about. The idea […]

Apple vs. FBI – FIGHT!

  First of all, should I write about this? Is the FBI watching as I write about this? Here goes nothing…. I have to talk about this! Apple refused to engineer software that would allow the FBI to unlock the iPhone of a terrorist. They asked Apple to do what now? Let’s let this marinate. […]

A Deeper Dive Into Virtual Companies

Did you know that there are more than 3.7 million people who work from home in this country in some sort of capacity? In the past 10 years, the amount of people in the U.S. workforce who regularly work from home has increased by more than 103%. Last week, I did a presentation on virtual […]

Right Place, Right Time: The Photobomb

I came across an article on CNN about how a poor street vendor accidentally wandered into a photoshoot, “photobombed” it, and is now internationally famous and achieving success vastly beyond her wildest dreams. What a feel good story. In short, the story is about a Nigerian bread seller, Jumoke Orisaguna, who was trying to get […]

My Reaction to Reactions

In the classic words of Joni Mitchell, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” Well, it finally happened: Facebook has given us more than a like. Gone are the days of merely liking an engagement or baby announcement: we can “love” them. And also gone are the days […]

Domain Wars

This years presidential campaign battle has been unlike anything we have ever seen in this country. From outrageous remarks by Donald Trump to dub-step remixes on Bernie Sanders, social media and the internet as a whole has played a large role in how candidates  and their supporters have interacted with each other. The story that has […]

The Wisdom Of Crowds: Reading Summary & Reflection

Chapter Summary: This week my group read the first chapter of the book “The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than The Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations”. Throughout the chapter the author, James Surowiecki, argues that under the right circumstances, group intelligence is almost always smarter than […]

Does Social Media Contribute to Political Polarization?

The advent of the internet and the subsequent popularity of major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter has contributed to an explosion in the amount of information available and has made communicating that information a whole lot easier than in the past. One would think greater access to information and discussion would lead to a […]

Is Twitter Protecting Us or Violating Our Free Speech?

Admittedly, I’m several weeks behind on this news story, but I thought it was a very relevant topic for our class that deserved attention.  On February 9th, Twitter launched its new anti-troll cybersafety committee, formally named the Twitter Trust & Safety Council.  As of late, Twitter has received a fair amount of criticism for its […]

Watch Your Tone!

Thanks to class discussions, reading assignments, blog posts, and presentations, we know that our “likes”, “shares”, comments, tweets, and posts reflect our brand, so we understand the importance of thinking twice before pushing content out to cyberspace. While we’ve talked a lot about the topics we’re associating ourselves with, I want to use this blog post to address tone […]