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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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Star Wars VII and Picking Your Internet Battles

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Star-Wars-ImageExtremism rules the Internet. It’s Fury Road. Strong opinions expressed strongly trump moderatism. This ruthless landscape allows anger and vulgarity to triumph. Loud minorities can drown out more passive majorities. You don’t need a sound opinion, you need a Doritos flavor.

This is the setting for stories like the one that unfolded on Monday. The hashtag “Boycott Star Wars VII” gained a footing on Twitter early in the morning. Those carrying the negative banner claimed that the new film was anti-white, with one user adding the label #whitegenocide to their tweet. The third and final trailer for the movie had debuted the night before, and featured a woman and a black man in the lead roles.

Angry Twitter users accused the movie of being a platform for a multi-cultural agenda...

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Twitter Moments Offers Positives and Pitfalls

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Twitter-MomentsOn October 6, Twitter launched a new feature in its application called “Moments.” This is the latest attempt to expand the platform’s user base. Moments allow the reader to swipe through a series of tweets related to a particular news event. For the user, the feature functions almost like a miniature magazine. You flip through pages to hear different perspectives and see different images; each moment only takes about 60 seconds of your time. This gives Twitter a rival (with better organization in my opinion) to the Facebook Instant articles. I enjoy the feature. It’s fun and useful. However, I am not without some apprehension.

My concern is that people will start using Twitter Moments as a substitute for wholesome news coverage...

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Social Media is Television in the 1960’s

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Kennedy-Nixon-DebateIn 1960, television changed the course of American history. John Kennedy squared off with Richard Nixon in the country’s first ever televised debate. Kennedy’s sparkling youth cast a long shadow over the uncomfortable Nixon. Because of this new medium (and possibly some voter fraud), Kennedy won the election, becoming the youngest president ever elected to the office.

It’s easy to overlook the significance of television when you see ads for the latest season of Real Housewives or anything on HLN. However, every major advancement in the field of media (printing press, radio, Internet, etc.) has been responsible for wholesale historical change.

Social media finds itself in this impactful position at the moment...

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How the Kim Davis Story Continues to Grow

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Kentucky County Clerk Defies Supreme Court Ruling And Refuses To Issue Same Sex Marriage LicensesThere are some interesting conversations to be had about states’ rights, religious freedom, and civil disobedience in modern America. The incarceration of Kim Davis is not a great spring board for any of those conversations however. Furthermore, the countless social media posts related to this story do not serve their constructive intent.

Contributing to a discussion’s volume is rarely the way to steer its narrative. Of course in an argument, the goal is to tilt perception in your favor. Through the Facebook posts, memes, and tweets regarding Kim Davis, no one is convincing anyone to think differently than they already do. No one has won or lost because this was never a battle. Some middle men will pick up checks for brokering the ensuing book deal and made-for-TV movie...

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