Social Media’s Influence on News Coverage

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Caitlyn Jenner-Media-ConversationNo doubt, if you have watched television or paid attention to absolutely anything on social media in the last three days, you’ve experienced someone’s take on the transition of Caitlyn Jenner. Don’t worry, this post does not aim to persuade, but only to comment on the conversation.

Social media radically changes the dialogue about every major (and impossibly insignificant) news story. Content emerges as rapidly as the acute reactions which regard it. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how citizen journalism created swell in Baltimore that traditional media sources failed to capture. By contrast, Caitlyn Jenner’s ascension to the Internet Hall of Fame has included a lot less news gathering and a lot more eye-rolling.

Jabbing responses to a person’s choice have taken over the conversatio...

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I’ll Never Get Facebook Messenger

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Facebook-Messenger-Application-PhoneIf you’re using the Facebook Messenger app, you’re making a huge mistake! Since asking its users to download the mobile app in order to message on the go, Facebook has revamped its permissions policy. The sinister mobile messaging app now has complete control over your phone. Facebook can access all of your valuable information. It even demands use of your camera and microphone. Espionage! Wire tapping! This manipulative service is part of a devious plot to mine data and track your every move! Unless it’s not.

That’s right, it turns out the permissions policy is virtually the same as it was before the great migration. In fact, it asks for the same permissions as the standard Facebook application. This is another classic case of consumer overreaction based on inaccurate media reports...

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Social Media Trends: #tbt

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Biscuit_Thursday_Trends_Social MediaHope y’all are enjoying the muck of this mid-May spring teaser outside. The weather’s nasty, but I’m excited. I’m downright giddy. I’m pink in the cheeks because this is one of my favorite days of the week: #tbt. That’s right, I love me some “Tasty Biscuit Thursday.” Every week I find a photo of one of my favorites and plaster it all over the social medias. This Thursday it’s a gem from Aunt Liza’s Christmas Bake a few years back. Hot dog! (or should I say “hot butter”) Just look at the way those suckers browned up perfect on the edges.

Shoot-darn, if it weren’t for all these #trends every day I dunno what would get me outta bed in the morning. When the sun rises I spring from my slumber, ready to tackle the day’s topic...

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Is There a “Right” Way to Write a Diary?

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dear diary picture days of the weekLast night I was watching Gilmore Girls (a great show), during which one of the characters admitting to having taken a “diary-writing course.” Where he (yes it was a he) learned how to “properly” jot down thoughts, even if they were private. He then said that he’d enjoyed the course very much. It was worth taking and even encouraged others to do the same. (To my knowledge there is no real such class, but if you’re willing to sign up, I’m willing to teach it. Probably.)

There’s no denying that episode was weird. They all are, it’s one of the reasons I love the show. But it did get me to wondering about diary writing, and whether or not people think there’s actually a way they should be doing it.

As a taker of many creative writing classes, I’ve done some seriously quirky...

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Tips for Getting your Phone Fixed: A Cautionary Tale

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smartphone-iphone-repairAs I may have written, a few months ago I busted my iPhone 6 screen. (Really, in Internet terms, who can remember that far back?) And getting it fixed was the longest, most stressful experience of my life. So as a warning, if you do what I did – if you break your iPhone 6, or any smartphone for that matter – don’t cheat. Don’t try and cheap out. Pay the smart folks, the ones who know what they’re doing, and let them fix it right.

You’ll only save money in the long run. And stress, in infinite amounts.

Rather than taking care of it that day – which is OBVIOUSLY what I should have done – I ordered online. I found the cheapest screen available, and I ordered it. I thought they were all the same. They are not all the same; it was cheap for a reason.

Since being installed, my sc...

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