Proceed with Caution: Privacy (or lack thereof) in the Digital Age

This week’s reading by Preston Russett, “Comtemporary Portrait of Information Privacy,” reflects upon internet users of today and how they are desensitized to viewing personal information on the web. “Online practices are conditioning the individual to shrug when individual preferences and private needs are exposed to not only an individual’s eyes and ears, but to…

Could Social Media Simply Vanish?

Amidst my research for a social media topic to use towards my multi-modal project, I discovered another intriguing article from the Financial Times called, “Online networks are too fragile to oppress us.” It was a very refreshing perspective on the power humans still have, regardless of how social networking defines our lives. I have been…

News Travels Fast, Bad News Travels Faster

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets a chance to get its pants on.” This quote by Winston Churchill is the opening line of an interesting article I found on MediaPost about the spread of good and bad news via social networks. As I continue brainstorming for my multi-modal project, I’ve…

Generation Y: Hopeless Romantics Lost in the Digital World

Amidst abandoning my prospective topic that consisted of a vague mix of ideas that would have lacked a central thesis and data support, I stumbled upon a rather intriguing article from the Huffington Post that has given me some new ideas. Supplied to the Huffington Post Blog by waitbutwhy.com, with no identifiable author, the article…

Burning Man: Breaking Down Corporate Boundaries

While I read this past week’s reading about Burning Man, I found the words both visually and academically intriguing. In particular, I was curious about the original formation of the “Burning Man” statue and what it really represents for the very eccentric and radical event.  In deciphering this figure’s significance, it became apparent to me…

List Challenges

As a fairly organized individual, I make lots of lists. I’m also big on film history, so these two characteristics led me to the mothership of all list-makers. Listchallenges.com is not just about movies. It is an archive of lists created from thousands of sources from around the globe. From the American Film Institute to…

There Are Other Fish in the Database

In today’s class, while attempting to decipher the term “phatic communication” brought about by Vincent Miller, I couldn’t help but recognize a rather large paradox. With our “flattened” means of socializing,  our online society of phatic communicators greatly challenges the goals of online dating. “From Single to Soulmate: Get Deeply Matched with singles based on…