Author Archives: Megan Johnson

MI621, or Why I’m Still Madly in Love with Social Media

My initial thoughts on social media post had the alternate title of “An Ode to Twitter,” gesturing to my love of the microblogging platform. When I entered this class, I considered myself to have a pretty solid understanding of social media and yet also realized that it seemed like an untapped resource. I ended the […]

The #MetsTwitter Phenomenon and What It Means for the New York Mets

As a New Yorker, I’ve got two choices for the home baseball team: the New York Yankees or the New York Mets. And since my dad grew up in Brooklyn, I was raised a die-hard Mets fan, no doubt about it and no looking back. All you Red Sox fans must be laughing at me […]

Valence, Value and Virality: Why Upworthy & BuzzFeed May Be Skewing Our View of Reality

Am I the only person who gets frustrated with these viral feel-good sites? (Forgive me in advance, as I will admit my bias first and foremost: I am a cynical person at times.) But there is something sincerely irking about sites like Upworthy or BuzzFeed that tell me to feel things 24/7 as I’m scrolling […]

Pro-Ana/Pro-Mia & What We Can Learn

A few weeks ago, I presented on the presence of eating disorder content (pro-ana/pro-mia) on social media and talked about how detrimental it can be to people who struggle with self-image and eating disorders. But, due to the brevity of my presentation, I couldn’t capture the entire picture; there are positive sides to social media, […]

A Contagious Community: Self-Harm Blogs on Tumblr

“Nobody knows I have this blog. It helps me. Tumblr is powerful because it shows that you’re not alone. You can see that you’re not the only one who’s struggling. But…my Tumblr dashboard can be really triggering sometimes…It can make you start self-harming too. It encourages me to cut.” – a Tumblr user who runs one […]

Getting Fit….Via Social Media?

I will be the first to say that I do not quite fit into BC’s athletic student body. Even putting on gym shorts and taking my inhaler cannot force me to go to the Plex. In fact, I tried to go to Power Pilates last week and the planking seemed to go on for a […]

My Initial Thoughts on Social Media (a.k.a. An Ode to Twitter)

Social media appears to me as still an untapped resource, if you can believe it or not. I had a friend ask me last night, “But what’s the point of Twitter? It’s just so boring!” I believe my response to her was, “Are you serious? There’s so much we don’t know yet!” How could she […]

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