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Emerging Media 360

Emerging Media in the World: Students and Faculty Share News and Insight Related to Class Topics

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Snapchat needs me. Do I need Snapchat?

Not long after I celebrated my 29th birthday, Snapchat celebrated a big day as well; on March 2nd 2017 Snapchat became a publicly owned company, Snap Inc. And for just $17 you could own a share in the newly public “camera” company. Each of those $17 shares created an initial public offering of $3.4 billion dollars.

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Smartphones Aiding in Digital Divide

With the continuing advancement in technology, minorities are using smartphones as an alternative way other than home broadband to connect with the online world - with African American millennials leading the pack. 

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Digital Media taken out Print Media

Social Media has played a major impact on how we receive our daily news. Many people decide to get the news from apps that are on their phone because it is convenient to read. With this increase in the use of digital media as a news source, it is interesting to consider whether print media will become extinct. 

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You Have a Unique Idea For a New App – Now What – Secure, Shape, and Sell

We are familiar with the success stories of Snapchat, Instagram, and others. They start with an idea amongst friends and end with a billion dollar valuation. When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion investors began looking for the next big thing. Did you think, I have a life changing idea and can do this also? 

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It Takes an Advertisement to Teach Us How Advertising Doesn’t Work

If you drive to work on a routine basis, have you ever upon arriving at your destination thought to yourself: “How the hell did I get here?” Driving to work is such a routine act — same route, same stop lights, same speed — that often times we find ourselves thinking about other things; things other than driving.

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The Power of ISPs

After having discussions in one of my classes about how the internet is used for more and more practical things such as applying for jobs, paying bills and even getting an education, a problem that came up is that reliable internet isn’t accessible to everyone. In fact, Curtis Brown’s situation isn’t too uncommon and it’s only a matter of time before having accessible internet is a civil rights issue. On the other side of the spectrum like my current dilemma which is overpaying for good internet/TV is that if I want to switch over to a competitor, its inferior in some sort of fashion. Whether it be slower speed, a data cap, or the fact that I have to bundle with TV when I just want internet to have “better” deal.  Not only does my ISP have me by my wallet, I feel the customer support could be better.

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What's The Figure?

When you hear about Internet Piracy and how the entertainment industry suffers great economic losses, are you sympathetic to the losses? Or do you shrug it off with reasoning like, “Hollywood makes enough money, they can lose some with illegal downloads”? I have to say that I’ve had those exact thoughts in the past.

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The Slow Obliteration of Free Speech on the Internet

As I am  starting to put my thoughts onto paper, I struggle to find the right thing to say. I am an American citizen with the first amendment on my side, right?  I have freedom of expression that protects me from an oppressive government.

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The NFL & Highlights on Social Media

From an emerging media standpoint, the 2016 season has been a trying one for the National Football League and its 32 teams. The league has implemented new social media policies that have been met with a great deal of discontentment from teams and fans. The main point of controversy this season has been the ability for teams to post game highlights within the “game window” – from kickoff until one hour after the game.


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Mute It: Twitter Takes Major Step In Fighting Online Abuse

Ever since social media has emerged as a major player on the world stage there have been significant problems with online harassment and bullying, and a grey area between eliminating harassment while still allowing free speech.

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When Your Online Presence Starts with Your Parents


Facebook was found in 2004 and I’ve had an account since 2005—so for the last 11 years, my entire life has been detailed out in a timeline fashion for all of my Facebook friends and family to see. In 2005, I was a freshman in college so my Facebook timeline starts quite abruptly with a combination of posts from high school friends and new college buddies, pictures of my new found freedom away at school mixed in with nostalgic pictures from home, confusing conversations about concerts and homework.

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Does Freedom of Speech Exist on Social Media?

When the first Amendment was put into place freedom of speech was born, we were all given the right to express any opinion without censorship or restraint. Being able to let words roll off of your tongue without having to second guess your thoughts could possibly be one of the greatest perks of living in America. Although we are free to say what we want, we are not allowed to express any opinion that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national orientation, or disability (hate speech). Does freedom of speech apply online if we are given limitations? Is there a way to compromise? Has the line of protecting users with censorship and still allowing individuals to express themselves freely become smudged?

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Broadband For All

Access to broadband Internet for all citizens has never been as important as it is today. The Internet shapes our culture and economy and access to it has become an essential part of everyday life. From finding a job to running a competitive business, the Internet boosts opportunity. Its strength lies in its ability to reach far and wide and it allows us to connect to others in ways and with speed that we have never been able to connect before. This connection brings relationships, partnerships, and the sharing of ideas to a new high, simply by a tap or click on a screen. 

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Hyper-reality Ennui and Pokemon Go

On July 6, 2016, Pokémon Go was released to the hands of an eager public.  The game, created by Niantic Labs, uses geolocated data to superimpose Pokémon characters onto a GPS map in real-time so users can “catch” the characters, add them to their collection, and increase the viability of the users’ selected team. In its first week alone, the app has garnered over 15 million downloads, more daily users than Twitter, and more engagement than Facebook – it is arguably already or at least on its way to becoming the most viral app of all time.

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The Hype Cycle: Christmas 2016 is Judgment Day for Virtual Reality?

Within the past few years society has slowly become exposed to innovative technologies such as 3D Printers, 360 Cameras, and VR/AR equipment such as the Oculus Rift. Although the capabilities of these technologies can be seen across the span of the digital domain, these unreleased devices still seem very new and foreign to common society. With that being said, Gartner’s Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies factually proves that these technologies are going to influence society much sooner than we think.

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Blurred Virtual Lines

Technology is going to change human connection forever with the creation of Virtual Reality and Second Life online worlds. “Researchers believe new immersive technology could lead to isolation, but maybe when social needs are met online, people won’t need in-person interaction as much” (Kim). These online worlds are a place for people to escape their everyday lives to live the life they’ve always wanted. “With VR, it is possible that instead of simply escaping reality by focusing on a TV show, for example, people may choose to replace an unhappy reality with a better, virtual one” (Kim). Second Life gaming has been around since the 1990’s with the creation of the Sims videogame. Both children and adults alike played this videogame. Some saw it as just a videogame, but others saw it as their way to escape reality and live their lives through the characters. Second Life is now a virtual world instead of just a video game like is has been in years past.

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Don’t Like This Post? Keep It to Yourself!

Another presidential election cycle is upon us, and the mudslinging, name calling, and outright rudeness is reaching new heights. Today, candidates are using the digital frontier to extend the reach of their campaigns, connect with supporters – and broadcast their anger and venom to new levels.

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Gone WaX!

Spring Break 2016 began like most others with students excited about being off from school and traveling to other cities to sight see and or just relax. Washington, DC is always a great place to visit, with all the history, monuments, museums, parks, Cherry Blossoms and people from all over the world. Despite the craziness of the world, people are still venturing out and traveling.

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How Black Twitter Exemplifies the Strength of an Imagined Community

As we all know, social media has become a seemingly-essential part of society and our everyday lives. Described as a “micro-blogging” platform, Twitter revolutionized online communications by blurring the lines between interpersonal and mass communication. As social media scholar Danah Boyd explained, sites such as Twitter serve as networked publics; “the space constructed through networked technologies and the imagined community emerges as a result of the intersection of people, technology, and practice.” Imagined communities are not exclusive to Twitter; the Internet has always enabled people to identify under a shared group identity without coming into physical contact or knowing the rest of the group.

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It’s a Monday night in 1963…

It’s a Monday night in 1963. You sit down to watch TV and put on ABC. You are presented with a black screen with a white glowing dot in the middle.

A deep voice intones:

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Outer Limits”

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The Dark Side of Viral Videos

In recent trend of social media, viral videos have become an international sensation. From my own perspective, people rave over these videos because they connect with their inner-emotions and make them feel better about themselves. Take Sloan for example (video below), an individual who was born deaf and finally received hearing at the age of 29 through the Cochlear implant (CI). While this is a heartwarming video that can brighten the day of many, it’s important to acknowledge those who don’t qualify for the CI. As a recipient who have recently gotten my own Cochlear implant turned on, I did a decent amount of research and stumbled upon an article, written by Lilit Marcus, concerning Deaf people (with the capital D). Marcus encourages people to inhibit the amount of viral videos since they have an unfavorable effect on some people.

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Twitter the newest social networking site to introduce algorithms

How many people get on Facebook, and immediately start liking different things on your News Feed that peak your interest? Then you notice the next day that the page you liked the previous day has post up and down your News Feed. I experienced this today when I liked my friends’ posting about her first day working for Google. Now on my News Feed I have post that relates to all things Google.

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New Changes Coming to Instagram - Things users should know

Several people seem to be very upset about the new changes that are coming to Instagram. Instagram is a very popular social media site, well known for selfie’s and other forms of pictures. On March 15th, the company made an announcement that they will be releasing new changes to the popular news feed. (CNN Money)

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Hashtag Activism: #FlintWaterCrisis

Hashtag activism is a passion of mine, if used correctly we can tackle the issues plaguing our society and get the attention of our elected officials. Traditional news media operates on the premises of news that will capture our attention now. Techopedia defines hashtag activism as “the act of fighting for or supporting a cause that people are advocating through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other networking websites.” If ton 1you search #FlintWaterCrisis on Twitter you will see how celebrities and ordinary citizens are using social media to drive change and get help to the vulnerable people of Flint, Michigan. A crisis like this needs to stay in the forefront of our minds. It doesn’t end at the top of the hour. Hashtag activism seems to be the only way to make sure we remember that real people are affected.

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Professional Athletes Role In Society Via Social Media

Professional athletes are accustom to being in the spotlight and judged for every decision they make on and off the playing field/court. If you turn on the news or scroll through social media you will find something, either good or bad regarding a professional athlete. However, since the rise of the Internet, particularly social media platforms we have seen that professional athletes, as well as celebrities have been able to reach and engage a much large audience than before. Athletes are influencers on key societal and cultural issues. They provide the ‘voice’ that social media platforms promote, and also have the opportunity to impact not only a specific issue or event but also the world as a whole.

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