Are We Too Reliant on Electronic Maps?

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Maps_google_mapI recently went on a road trip, where I drove for 19 hours, then 9, and then 13. Before I was back home. It was all done without the help of a paper map. My iPhone led through half of the trip, while vehicle GPS led the other. It was convenient, mostly accurate, and only sometimes infuriating. (Like when maps tells you to do the exact same thing 14 times in a row or when they make you go through construction even when you tell them to avoid it.)

But the whole thing got me thinking: are we too reliant on electronic maps? Do we need them to travel? Or could we do it the old fashioned way, if needed? What if our data were to stop working? Or the roads suddenly closed and Google had yet to update? Could I even read a paper map? Sure I like looking for fun or to see which states have the weirde...

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The Snapchat Emojis’ TRUE Meaning

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Snapchat-Ghost-EmojiSnapchat emojis be crazy y’all. I’m talkin about the baby boy faces that pop up next to the people you been picto-textin. Where did these lil buggers come from and what do they mean? They’re like alien symbols from a cave wall somewhere in super-Saharan Africa (that means above). Like they were left on your phone by some lil green men who knew the first Pharaoh in-person. They’re tryin to teach us or warn us or sumthin. We should be listenin! Smiley face with sunglasses, blushy dude, sly guy– these cryptic lil drummer boys keep me awake at night wonderin what I done to deserve seein ‘em. Maybe they’re a passed relative tryin to reach out to me; maybe I’m asleep in a pod riding on a crazy robot right now. I can’t much say what they mean to communicate...

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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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