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Viral song ‘Make You Mine’ is by PUBLIC — and they want you to know that

Viral song ‘Make You Mine’ is by PUBLIC — and they want you to know that

Charlie Bevins, Staff Writer

February 23, 2020

The Tuesday-night Thalia Hall crowd came together in harmony as Tom Higgenson of Plain White T’s-fame led them through the final bar of “Hey There Delilah.” The roaring enthusiasm replaced the disappointed sigh released by the crowd after hearing that PUBLIC, famous for the song behind the TikTok...

How YouTubers synthetically bond with viewers

How YouTubers synthetically bond with viewers

Mackenzie Murtaugh, News Editor

February 3, 2020

In the social media age, those who are lonely can scroll through the endless feed of their favorite outlet to find a creator or influencer to keep entertained during their most isolated times. The most famous YouTubers have hours of content made to keep the viewer occupied, and the automatic “up next”...

End of the decade: Instagram defines 2010s social media

End of the decade: Instagram defines 2010s social media

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

December 28, 2019

Light bounces off winter’s first snow outside your window. Your dinner plate’s presentation is that of a “Chopped” champion. An abstract mural catches your eye after a night out with friends. Pause.  The perfect picture.  Crop, filter, caption, tag, post.  This routine is all too common for tho...

End of the decade: the 2010s in memes

End of the decade: the 2010s in memes

Ebony Ellis, Contributing Writer

December 28, 2019

The end of the decade is near. One thing that has become apart of our lives on the internet are memes – and they’ve certainly evolved since 2010. According to Complex, the term “meme” was coined by Richard Dawkins in his book, “The Selfish Gene.” According to Dawkins, a meme is a “cultural idea, a fashi...

Instagram to eliminate likes, ‘depressurize’ experience on app

Instagram to eliminate likes, ‘depressurize’ experience on app

Kelly Garcia, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

Imagine a world where people care less about popularity and more about authenticity. A world where people don’t care about how many likes you get on an Instagram post, but instead they care about the content in your post. As of this week, Instagram will begin to make that a reality. On Friday, N...

Vine walked so TikTok could run

Vine walked so TikTok could run

Joey Cahue, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Apps come a dime a dozen, but the few that truly stick out have a cult-like following. Way back when, Vine was the “it” thing that created many memorable quotes and memes. As we waved goodbye to Vine in 2017, we stumbled upon TikTok, which was created only a year before Vine closed its doors. If...

OPINION: We’re losing the media war

OPINION: We’re losing the media war

Stuart J. Dantoin, Contributing Writer

April 15, 2019

Social media overload is the silent killer of our generation. It affects millions of us, and though many realize its danger, the average young adult does little to escape our internet prisons. Many of us gladly or unknowingly fall into its deadly clutches—and it is having a powerful effect on our daily ...

Has social media stunted our political understanding?

Has social media stunted our political understanding?

Nikki Roberts, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2018

Social media trends come and go. One week Facebook users are uploading videos of the Drake- inspired Kiki dance challenge, and the next they’re busy sharing memes about moths and lamps. For social media users whose primary sources of political news are sites like Twitter and Facebook, keeping up with...

Personality may play a role in social media addiction

Personality may play a role in social media addiction

Damita Menezes, Contributing Writer

April 16, 2018

If you can’t control your social media use, your personality might be to blame. A recent study conducted by Professor Isaac Vaghefi of Binghamton University and Professor Hamed Qahri-Saremi of DePaul University says that people with certain personality traits are more susceptible to using social media...

Snapchat’s update unrest

Snapchat’s update unrest

Nikki Roberts, Copy Editor

April 2, 2018

When Snapchat launched as an iOS-only app in 2011, it was not the app that users know and love today. Over the past seven years, Snapchat has updated, rebranded and added a multitude of social media features that have altered how users interact with the app and their Snapchat friends. What once began as...

Online overload: Too much screen and social media time may call for a detox

Online overload: Too much screen and social media time may call for a detox

Lily Rose

May 17, 2015

Some quiver at the thought of spending an entire hour without checking social media or using your phone to send calls and texts. No snaps would be sent, Instagram pictures would go “unliked” and tweets would never be retweeted. Your phone would not ping with various notifications and your mom would not be able to call and question you about your grades and those...

Ignorance or apathy in the age of social media?

Maia Moore

May 5, 2015

Have you ever taken your headphones off on the train and listened to the ramblings of everyone around you? Most likely, you heard about a bad date, what happened in a meeting or what was for dinner that night. Yet, how often do you hear your peers discussing what’s happening in world? It seems that...

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