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Social media activism could have unintended consequences

Social media activism could have unintended consequences

Madison Beekman and Liam Umbs

October 9, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, more than 28 million took to Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms to share a black square as part of the #BlackOutTuesday movement as a means of showing solidarity against police brutality. Yet when millions of black squares, many posted under #BlackLivesMatter, flooded...

Like it or not, Instagram removes its like count

A survery of 63 students from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8

Hannah Arbeitel

January 17, 2020

Instagram, a platform associated with its ability to generate high stress, recently decided to change its negative image. In April, the company announced that they will be implementing new changes, making the number of likes on a post only visible to the account owner. As of now, the feature is only ...

Tumblr upsets users with new censorship policy

Tumblr changed its policy regarding NSFW content in December 2018.

Madeline Holobinko

March 15, 2019

Ever since Tumblr first launched in 2007, it has been a home for storytelling and self-expression. But this all changed in December of 2018, when the social media platform decided to rid itself of “adult” content, sparking controversy. According to Newsweek, Tumblr’s explicit content first became ...

Social media shapes travel experiences

While on her family vacation to Walt Disney World this summer, Allie Beekman posted this photo, taken by her friend, on her Instagram.

Khushi Kadakia

September 14, 2018

While scrolling through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook this summer, you’ll likely encounter travel pictures populating your feed. These images of plane tickets and crystal clear waves fill social media platforms, with “60 percent of travelers [using] social media to showcase their vacation photos,...

Pros and cons of art on social media

Junior Emily Madeira of Howell posts her artwork on her social media accounts.

Madeline Holobinko

September 14, 2018

From sketches to photography to paintings, art is just a click away, thanks to social media. According to Mashable, over 3 billion people take to social networking apps like Instagram and Snapchat to stay connected with the world. With such a large audience at their fingertips, artists have started t...

Social media fuels FOMO

Social media fuels FOMO

Mia Gallo

May 4, 2018

Junior Greer Shanley of Fair Haven often finds herself constantly refreshing Snapchat and Instagram when her friends are all together but she is not there. Urban Dictionary defines the term “FOMO” as an acronym for “fear of missing out.” In other terms, FOMO means being scared to miss a p...

Are finstas really as private as we think?

Are finstas really as private as we think?

Maria Maroko

May 4, 2018

Scrolling through someone’s instagram is fairly routine: you can expect to find selfies, pictures of family and friends, and even the occasional inoffensive joke. However, when it comes to the subject of so-called fake instas, or “finstas”, you find a variety of much more interesting content, ...

Themes, rules filter into social media feeds

Instagram users have mastered the

Mia Gallo

November 13, 2017

Prime posting time, follower ratios, post frequency, filters, hashtags. All of these are essential to truly mastering Instagram. According to Vogue, there are many “rules” to Instagram for maximizing likes. Such include a “prime” posting time, appropriate follower to following ratio (hint: make sure...

Teens experience peer pressure through technology

Social media has been proven to contribute to  peer pressure in teens.

Caroline Monaghan

September 15, 2017

The pressure we feel comes from much more than solely our peers. TV shows, movies and social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram create internal pressure for teenagers. But peer pressure is not a constant negative, nor does it function the way one sees in the movies. The National Center on Addiction and Substan...

Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

In recent years, social media is commonly used by both citizens and politicians.

Linda Badaracco

April 20, 2017

With political posts frequently making headlines for better or for worse, politicians’ social media communication is front and center in the public eye. As of 2014, 16 percent of registered voters follow politicians on a social media site, according to Pew Research Center. This share of voters dou...

Activists utilize social media to bring change

About 470,000 people participated in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on January 21.

Sally Ehlers

April 20, 2017

Activism has been prevalent since the start of the United States and is still a common occurrence in 2017. As the times and technology have changed since the American Revolution, many utilize social media as an outlet for political advocacy. Political activists can be defined as people who promote certain...

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Photograph by Gage Skidmore, obtained through Creative Commons.

Lara Graney

April 19, 2017

The hashtags. The likes. The retweets. For some social media users, Twitter is just that. But for the modern-day politician, the versatile 140-character message can be a powerful weapon, self-endorsement or even a soapbox speech. And our current president – also known as the “Commander-in-Tweet”...

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