Author Archives: Amanda Gundell

Final #IS6621 Reflections as Told by the UW Madison Love Story

If you haven’t yet watched the UW Madison Snapchat story that unfolded last week, I highly suggest it. Dubbed “better than a movie”, it is by far the most intriguing use of social media I have ever seen and the topic of my final blog post. In my opinion, this snapstory is a microcosm for #IS6621. As far […]

How Secure is Your Fitness Tracker?

Last week I tweeted an article from fitness tracker Jawbone’s website entitled, “How University Students Sleep”. The blog post detailed the results of a sleep study, with data gathered from 18,498 students on 137 college campuses. 1.44 million nights of sleep were logged using these fitness trackers, and the company was able to compute the […]

Craigslist: Creepy or Cool

When I say Craigslist, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks, “creepy”, “a little sketchy”, and of course, the infamous “Craigslist killer”. My roommates and I are beginning the process of searching for an apartment in Boston this fall; and when one of […]

Responding to Crises in a Digital World

When I woke up on the morning of the Brussels attack, the first thing I saw on my phone was a Facebook friend who was “marked safe during Brussels Explosions”. While reading through what early news there was at that point, I began to see numerous articles about Twitter users around Brussels who were using […]

The reason “Damn Daniel” star deserves a lifetime supply of Vans

After seeing the “Damn Daniel” video for the first time, my thought process went something like this: “Why do people think this is funny?”… “Is this actually what it takes to go viral?”… “Okay maybe this is kind of funny”… And the next thing I know, my friends and I are quoting the video in our […]

Streaming: the music industry’s greatest aly

This past Monday was “Music’s Biggest Night”; hundreds of celebrities, actors and artists walked the red carpet and some of the biggest names in music today took to the stage at the 58th Annual Grammys. The awards show began and proceeded as it usually does, with a big opening performance followed by a string of […]

Why we shouldn’t make fun of our parents for using Facebook and other initial thoughts

While I was home for winter break a few weeks ago, I found myself lightheartedly making fun of my dad for being too consumed with Facebook. It seemed that whenever I glanced over at his computer screen or walked into his office, he was posting something on Facebook or scrolling through his feed. I kept […]