Social Media and Sensationalizing: When Can We Cut the Drama?

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click bait cartoonAlmost every time I log into Facebook, there’s an article about something big and bad that’s taken place. Maybe it’s about something big and good, like someone being cured of cancer. Either way, it’s a topic that’s dramatic and borderline unbelievable – written to gain clicks, not necessarily to inform the reader. Of course there are the rare mediums that have actually done their research and provided fact-checked information. But for the most part, there are titles full of lofty claims with zero-to-little information baking them up. Opinions are blatantly thrown into the writing. And there’s nothing more to the story than the original title – which may or may not have proven itself to be true.

These types of articles are called click bait, and they’ve all but taken over Facebook...

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The Dying Art of Phone Conversations

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talking-on-phoneFor my eleventh birthday party I hosted a sleepover in my family’s newly-finished basement. We had two TV’s, a couch, a bedroom, and a strange glass door with view-obscuring tiles that almost made you think you were looking outside. I would spend hundreds of hours in that basement during the next seven years: watching football, playing Pokemon, and wondering why we had added this befuddling visual feature to our home. Along with the wine cooler and extra sink, the basement included a wireless phone — another thing you could answer and say “Hold on, I’ll see if she’s home,” into.

Post-grade-school, I invested in a deep and meaningful six day relationship with a girl, the highlight of which was screening the movie Dark Water. It ended tragically...

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The Social Robot Will Edit Your 2015 Holiday Card Text, Fo Free

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more-sleigh-bell-cool-mom-picks-funny-holiday-cards_zps379e9a49Are you sending out a holiday card this year? Are you worried about what text will be placed on said card? Do you struggle with apostrophe placement? Or put random quotation marks where they just don’t belong?

Great news, we’re here to help!

This year, to help eliminate all those pesky punctuation mistakes, The Social Robot will edit your holiday cards … for free. No matter what religion or holiday you choose to celebrate, we’ll help you write out the perfect card. The only requirement is that it be in English. (We’re also going to assume you spelled your family members’ names as their birth certificate intended.)

All you have to do is email us the text, and we’ll make sure everything is squared away...

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Social Media Pairs Perfectly with Entertainment

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Royals-Social-Media-ConnectWhen I was eleven I bought the pre-sale of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. As part of that purchase I received a 200-page strategy guide. A perusal of the book’s contents revealed loads of screenshots, a comprehensive walkthrough, and a list of where to find all the heart pieces. It even came with a pull out sea chart (you sailed island-to-island to complete quests) which had markings to indicate which plots had what treasure. It added extra dimension to a game which, at age eleven, I probably could not have beaten in its entirety.

Social media have become the ultimate companion. Not in a Her way, but in a strategy guide way.

Most of us imbibe in sports, pop culture, or both. We, as a society, love TV, and sports make for some of the best programming...

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YouTube Red Sees Green

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YouTubeIt doesn’t take much searching to find tech- and social media-related stories. The nature of this business sector spurs rapid change and offers fodder for blogs in a way that covering the coal industry might not. I point out that I perceive technology as a business sector rather than a function of everyday life for a reason.

YouTube Red officially hit the U.S. market Wednesday, October 28. If you’ve used the YouTube app on your phone recently, you’ve probably been prompted to subscribe to the ad-free service. For $9.99/month you can remove all ads from your YouTubing experience. This allows users to listen to music or watch videos uninterrupted...

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