Author Archives: Kristie Dickinson

The Final Chapter: Social Media and the Deathly Hallows

After seven books of Harry Potter, and a semester of “Social Media and the Web 2.0” at Boston College, the lessons I’ve learned can be summed up with one simple symbol: the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. The elder wand, the cloak of invisibility, and the resurrection stone taught us a lot about the wizarding […]

Can Social Media Cure Alzheimer’s?

Heart disease. Cancer. Chronic lower respiratory diseases. Stroke. Unintentional injuries. Alzheimer’s disease. These are the top six leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control’s latest data, and there is only one with absolutely no cure, or proven method of prevention: Alzheimer’s. What are the facts? More than 5 million […]

No St(rings) Attached: Cheating with the Web 2.0

Bill Clinton. Tiger Woods. King Henry VIII. We all know what these three fellas have in common. Yep. It’s time to talk about good old infidelity. The media has always done a great job putting adulterous affairs in the spotlight, because who doesn’t love sex, lies, and scandal? But celebs aren’t the only ones breaking […]

Hamsters & Lady Gaga: Why Weird is Winning

Before you read anything I have to say, please stop reading my post and watch the latest commercial for the Kia Soul, if you haven’t seen it already. (Hint: the hamsters are back). Now, that’s what I call swag marketing. Let me start by saying I’m not usually a big fan of ads. I’ve rolled […]

F*ck. Semester. 21st. Studying.

Can you find at least one of these four words in your Facebook statuses from the past year? If you’re between the ages of 19 and 22, I’d be willing to bet the answer is a resounding “umm YES.” Even if you don’t swear online, the phrases “semester,” “studying,” and “21st” are pretty much unavoidable […]

The Gateway Drug of Social Media: AIM

AOL instant messenger. You remember the buddy lists, the BFFs, the angsty pop-song-lyric away messages, and best of all—the screen names. Even if you were an MSN or Yahoo! messenger user, you know what I’m talking about. Despite all that late 90s nonsense, AIM was a brilliantly addicting platform, and it played an integral role in […]

Initial Thoughts: Social Media is Severus Snape

In the storybook version of today’s world, social media is the villain. It can be monstrously intimidating, extremely powerful, and hard to understand; your parents have warned you to beware of it, you’re not quite sure how or when it will strike next, and it doesn’t ever seem to be going away. But social media […]

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