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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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Twitter: The New Way to Watch Television

Before the existence of Twitter many of us had a different dynamic of how we watched television. Popular shows were something you once discussed with those around you and sometimes that was a small group depending on their interests, but with the evolution of Twitter discussions groups have expanded.

People from all around the world grab their remotes and smart phones to tune into their favorite show. Twitter has help create social television, “the term used to describe the symbiotic relationship between social media and TV.

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Viral Misinformation and Political Engagement

On Saturday, March 12, 22-year-old political activist, Thomas DiMassimo, rushed the stage at a Donald Trump rally in attempt to express his political messages into the microphone. He was immediately detained by the Secret Service, and Trump continued speaking. Later that same day, Trump composed the following tweet:

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The Distinct Way Celebrities Generate Likes

After watching the enlightening documentary, Generation Like PBS and Frontline Author Douglas Rushkoff examines the positive impact of social media as it relates to the power of the younger generation on social media. Douglas Rushkoff, explains the power of social media and how the “like”, “share”, or “re-tweet” button is encouraged for it generates value and data for companies. Living proof of this theory, is internet sensation Tyler Oakley, who became a celebrity through YouTube- his growing net worth made him a millionaire due to the power of sharing. The power of sharing and building connections, is beneficial for both parties involved and is a great leveraging tool for marketing to a large demographic of people.

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