Monthly Archives: October 2014

Privacy Settings – None

After watching the Ted Talks in class last week about governments mining data through cell phone records, as well as the revelations of Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance scandal, I began thinking about the nature of privacy in the … Continue reading

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Can We Call It What It Is?

Last week, there were multiple hate crimes committed on our campus. Only one of them were deemed serious enough to have an e-mail sent out to the entire student body. This incident happened over the weekend when a student, who … Continue reading

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Technology Free Communities

Can you survive a week free from all technology? I’m talking about no phone, no video games, no computer, no TV. You might be saying, “Yeah, no problem!” or you might begin having panic attacks the moment you think about … Continue reading

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I Was Gonna Title This But Then I Clicked That Other Link and Now I Lost Focus

Let’s talk about What the Internet is doing to our brains. Ironically, as I was watching the video, I looked away at my television screen, where Bruce Almighty was playing (Love that movie!), and then I couldn’t remember that one scary/thriller movie … Continue reading

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Social Media QUIZ: Where Do You Place?

After reading Jeff Jarvis’s “Public Parts,” I began to think a lot about my own social media image in comparison to my fellow UMass students. Am I an avid user? Moderate? I suspect that we as journalism students could potentially … Continue reading

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The Great Pumpkin Riot of 2014.

If you don’t read the news you 1) should really consider a different major and 2) need to know that white kids rioted at the annual Keene New Hampshire pumpkin festival for no reason at all this Saturday. That’s right. … Continue reading

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From the Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.

I am not using this post to satisfy my class requirements, but I think it fits in nicely with the discussions we’ve been having in class. Watch Slavoj Zizek in this sort video talk about reality and ideology.

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The Rise of Tech-Savvy Babies

Our discussion about babies and technology today really got me thinking about the risks that all the new technology is posing to babies and toddlers today. Just like a lot of people in class I too have seen babies using … Continue reading

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Internet Access as a Human Right

As established consumers of it, I think it’s safe to say we all have some sense of entitlement to the Internet. Don’t we deserve to use it? Shouldn’t it be for everyone? The U.N thinks so. In 2011, the U.N. declared Internet access … Continue reading

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Culture Representations in “The Simpsons”

Over the long weekend I got to spend some time in Florida visiting my brother who’s a student at UTampa. For most of the weekend, he was working on a lengthy analysis of an article called “Marge Simpson, Blue-Haired Housewife: … Continue reading

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When are anonymous sources helpful?

On the front page of The Easton Journal, my hometown’s newspaper, this past weekend, was a story that immediately intrigued me because of its relevance to news that has been circling around the University of Massachusetts Amherst over the past … Continue reading

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The Central Park Five Reveal an Ugly side to our Justice System

Last night I watched a documentary called “The Central Park Five.” This documentary was about how five black and Latino teenage boys who were wrongly accused of assaulting and raping a white woman jogging in central park. The night of … Continue reading

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Is Social Media Ruining or Helping Journalism?

As everyone knows, technology is expanding every day. Hand in hand with these improvements are new forms of social media. Chances are if you are under the age 50 you participate in some form of social media whether it be Facebook, … Continue reading

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Would Cyber Crimes Still Occur had Cyber Space Been Created Earlier?

In today’s world, we see that Internet crime is one of the leading types of crimes occurring in the United States. There have been several national cases of cyber bullying, most notably the story of nearby South Hadley student Phoebe … Continue reading

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Be a Media Insurgent

Last week we brainstormed and created a list of the various titles we assign to men with guns. We learned that with each title comes positive or negative associations that are everything but unbiased. We emphasized the responsibility of the journalist … Continue reading

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Self-Censorship in the Media: A Photo No One Wanted to Show

As a photojournalist I’m always drawn to pieces on the craft and journey of photographers. One article caught my eye, but it was less about the journey of the photographer and more about the journey of the photograph. “The War … Continue reading

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Is Twitter The Lazy Method?

It’s 2014, a new day and age where almost everyone has some type of online profile. Think back 30 years ago, before most of us were born. How did people meet? Through Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Tumblr? No, they went outside … Continue reading

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